Tuna Rice Casserole With Cheese

rice, tuna, vegetables
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
626 Calories
23g Fat
74g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 626
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 659mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 30g
Calcium 306mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy tuna casserole made with rice instead of the traditional pasta or egg noodles. Feel free to add frozen-thawed English peas or peas and carrots to the casserole mixture. 

Use two small cans—about 5 to 6 ounces each—or a large 12-ounce can of tuna.


  • 1/4 cup butter (divided)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 can/9 to 12 ounces tuna (white, drained and flaked)
  • 2 cups white rice (hot, cooked)
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese (mild, shredded, divided)
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs (fine dry, or cracker crumbs)
  • Paprika (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F. 

  3. Lightly butter a 2-quart casserole.

  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan or saute pan over low heat; cook the mushrooms, celery, and chopped onion until tender and onion is translucent.

  5. Blend in the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  6. Remove from the heat and gradually stir the milk into the flour mixture.

  7. Add salt and cayenne pepper; return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

  8. In a bowl, combine tuna with the cooked rice and all but 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese. Add the sauce mixture and gently blend.

  9. Turn the rice and tuna mixture into the prepared casserole.

  10. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter; toss the melted butter with the cracker crumbs or bread crumbs.

  11. Sprinkle crumbs and remaining cheese over casserole. Sprinkle with paprika.

  12. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

  13. Serve and enjoy!