5 cups uncooked whole wheat egg noodles
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups fat-free milk
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
4 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
2 pouches (6.4 ounces each) albacore white tuna in water
1/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a shallow 3-qt. or 13×9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.

AMeanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch, milk and seasonings until smooth; stir into pan. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese until melted; stir in broccoli and tuna.

Spoon over noodles; mix well. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Taste of Home, September/October 2013, page 13

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