In the Pantry Tuna-Rice Casserole

Total Time
Prep 18 mins
Cook 30 mins

My 2 sons grew up on this casserole. Young children, especially like this. Not spicy, but creamy. The ingredients are usually in everyone's pantry, hence the title. LOL

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (10 ounce) can cheese or 1 (10 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 0.75 (10 ounce) can milk (use soup can) or 0.75 (10 ounce) can cream (use soup can)
  • 3 cups cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 (7 ounce) envelope albacore tuna, in chunks (Star Kist)
  • 1 cup buttery crackers or 1 cup corn flake crumbs, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 cup frozen green pea, thawed (optional)


  1. Cook and drain rice, according to instruction on package.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
  4. In mixing bowl, combine soup and milk; add salt and pepper.
  5. Fold in tuna chunks and peas, if using.
  6. Lightly butter 1 ½ quart casserole.
  7. Layer half the rice in bottom of dish; add 1/2 of the tuna mixture; repeat layers.
  8. Combine the cracker/cornflake crumbs and butter until well-mixed.
  9. Spread over top of casserole.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbly and topping is browned.
  11. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

I felt like this was something my 8 year old put together. It's very bland. I get this is a last minute "what's in my pantry?" meal but it needs some seasoning. I tried adding garlic salt it just wasn't enough.

Danielle S. April 05, 2016

Thank you! Doubled it for large can put six slices american cheese in middle. Saved the day. Even used reconstituted nonfat milk. This is good

Jamie S. November 01, 2015

Cooked as directed, no peas, it turned out more like a tuna rice soup, not a casserole for sure . . .

Dennis C. August 21, 2015