Cheesy No-Bake Tuna Casserole (For One)

Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 2 mins

I make this often as a light lunch since it is so easy, inexpensive and nutritious (check out the vitamin content!). Not to mention it is gluten free! I often substitute 1 1/2 cups broccoli for the green beans though it will make it more watery if you don't thaw the broccoli first and discard excess water (I don't do this typically though, I just throw the ingredients in a container the night before and let the broccoli thaw overnight and don't mind the extra liquid).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 0.5 (3 ounce) can tuna (drained)
  • 0.5 (14 1/2 ounce) can green beans (drained, or frozen broccoli, about 1 cup chopped or 1.5 cups of the big spears)
  • 12 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper (to taste) (optional)


  1. Put all ingredients in a tupperware container and put in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir it up and enjoy!
  3. (Updated: If you substitute the frozen broccoli for the green beans, be sure to thaw it a bit first in the microwave and discard the resulting water to avoid it being too watery).


Most Helpful

I think the Big question for Emily is "drain or not drain" That is not mentioned in the recipe or instructions except if you use the broccoli. I made the recipe exactly with no substitutions. I did drain the green beans, but didn't drain the tuna. The flavor was good and it was extremely easy to make. It was too watery for my tastes. Next time I will drain both the green bean and the tuna. If I was going to add something to the recipe it would be mushrooms (tuna and mushrooms pair together well) and maybe some finely chopped red pepper to give the dish a little pop in color. Thanks Emily for posting your recipe.

Gadgetsmidnight May 17, 2009

Really good!! I made this for a quick lunch as I had all the ingredients on hand (I used broccoli) - I didn't really expect much, but the simple combination really is very tasty! I drained the excess water before stirring. For some reason the cheeses did glue everything together though (and I mean really sticky-glued!), so this was a bit difficult to eat - don't know if it was the particular brands I used or what, but it was nothing a knife couldn't solve! :-) A great recipe for a quick, healthy lunch, thank you very much for sharing!

stormylee January 20, 2009

This was a really good, quick and nutritious meal! I thought it was a little watery but otherwise very tasty and comforting. Thanks!

SweetySJD April 03, 2008

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