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Lightened Up Tuna Pasta Recipe Everyone Will Love!

This lightened up tuna pasta recipe is creamy and delicious without the guilt! Plus it uses one skillet so clean up is a breeze.

lightened up tuna pasta recipe with peas

Are you craving a tuna pasta recipe that is tasty but light? Don’t you just love a dinner that is crazy-simple to prepare, even crazier-simple to clean up, and lightens up a comforting, creamy, classic?

For me the answer to both these questions is yes, which is why this one-skillet, pretty quick, delicious creamy tuna pasta skillet is on regular rotation at my house.

Creamy Tuna Pasta

My favorite thing about this recipe is how creamy it is, despite the fact that it’s lighter in calories. It’s satisfying and also delicious. Here are a few more details!

Weight Watchers Friendly

One thing I love about this recipe is that it’s creamy and delicious, but friendly if you are watching your weight.

Specifically I love the Weight Watchers Freestyle program, and this recipe is only 5 points per serving! If you are still on Smart Points, this is 8 points per serving.

Remember that the tuna, onion, and green peas are all zero points on Freestyle, and the vegetable broth is only one point.

Even if you aren’t on Weight Watchers but are just watching your weight, this is an amazingly low calorie meal.

low calorie tuna pasta

Pasta to Use

I really love the Barilla White Fiber shells for this recipe – that’s because there’s so much fiber packed into one serving of the pasta (6 g). I’m 41 so I’m all about fiber these days! :0

Barilla pasta is my absolute favorite. I don’t get paid to say that, either. I just love the texture and the taste, and it never falls apart on me. It tastes very good “al dente,” which is how I like my pasta to be.

weight watchers tuna pasta recipe

More on why it’s good for you: instead of using lots of heavy cream and cheese, this dish uses 1% milk and the absorption method – and a bit of light butter and cheese – to create a creamy sauce that’s lighter on fat and calories while still delicious and satisfying.

It takes less than 30 minutes to throw this together, making it a perfect weeknight meal.

Your family is going to love this tuna pasta recipe, and they won’t even know that anything is “missing” from it (like fat and calories!).

ingredients to make low fat tuna pasta

Easy Tuna Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. light butter
  • 5-ounce can of high-quality tuna in brine, drained
  • ½ medium white onion, minced
  • 8 ounces high fiber pasta shells
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup light jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper
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Instructions:

Heat the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until fragrant, then cook over low heat until translucent.

Add the pasta, peas, vegetable broth, and milk to a pan

Add the pasta, peas, vegetable broth, and milk.

Bring pasta and peas to a boil

Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.

Cook for 20-22 minutes, stirring regularly, until the pasta is fully-cooked and the liquid has been absorbed to create a creamy sauce. If a little dry, add some more 1% milk.

Adding tuna to a pan with pasta shells and peas

Stir in light jack cheese until melted, then gently toss through drained tuna, and season with salt and black pepper.

creamy tuna pasta without cream

Serve, eat, enjoy!

tuna cream pasta recipe

The whole family is going to love this tuna pasta recipe . . . I promise!

Yield: 6 servings

Tuna Pasta Recipe

ingredients to make low fat tuna pasta

This lightened up tuna pasta recipe is creamy and delicious without the guilt! Plus it uses one skillet so clean up is a breeze.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta shells, high fiber
  • 2 tsp light butter
  • 5 oz high-quality tuna in brine, 1 can, drained
  • ½ white onion, medium, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 3 cups peas, frozen
  • 1/4 cup light jack cheese
  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the butter over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook until fragrant, then cook over low heat until translucent.
  3. Add the pasta, peas, vegetable broth, and milk.
  4. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.
  5. Cook for 20-22 minutes, stirring regularly, until the pasta is fully-cooked and the liquid has been absorbed to create a creamy sauce. If a little dry, add some more 1% milk.
  6. Stir in light jack cheese until melted, then gently toss through drained tuna, and season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 308mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 16g

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Lynn Kraker

Saturday 16th of February 2019

The list says Parmesan, the instructions say light jack cheese. Which one should I use?

Amy

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Sorry, it's light jack!