Cheesy No-Bake Tuna Casserole (For One)

"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)."
photo by Emily Elizabeth photo by Emily Elizabeth
photo by Emily Elizabeth
photo by Emily Elizabeth photo by Emily Elizabeth
Ready In:


  • 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)


  • Put all ingredients in a tupperware container and put in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir it up and enjoy!
  • (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).

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  1. Gadgetsmidnight
    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.
  2. stormylee
    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!
  3. sweetysjd
    This was a really good, quick and nutritious meal! I thought it was a little watery but otherwise very tasty and comforting. Thanks!


Growing up, my mom didn't keep any junk food in the house so if I wanted something sweet I had to find a way to make it (or go to a friend's house)! I loved looking through my mom's recipe books and trying to find recipes that I could make. I baked a lot of home made bread from Betty Crocker's Big Red Book, and every holiday, my mom and I would make pies together from scratch. I didn't actually get interested in cooking main courses until I got married and realized that I had to actually put dinner on the table every night. Just as I was starting to get the hang of it, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in May of 2007. This meant that I had to learn a whole new way of cooking - gluten free. I have accepted this as a new challenge and have fallen even more in love with cooking and baking. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I have success with creating a new recipe! My inspiration usually comes from a craving for something that I can't have because it is not gluten free. I immediately go back to my kitchen and learn how to make it myself! I also focus on creating recipes with all natural ingredients and avoiding artificial or added sugars.
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