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Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish
Makes:
6
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
45
minutes
based on
94 reviews
Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish is a tasty variation on the traditional casserole. Delicious, easy to prepare and it's ready in less than 1 hour.

In this recipe:


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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) whole tomatoes, cut in half, drained
  • 2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna packed in water, drained

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

MELT butter in medium saucepan. Add onion; cook for 5 minutes. Blend in flour, salt and ground black pepper. Stir in evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil. Stir in cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted.

COMBINE rice, parsley, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, and tomatoes in 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Top with tuna. Spread cheese sauce over tuna.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Emmy Foley from Arizona

    This was so good. I didn't have evaporated milk so I just reduced regular milk starting with about twice the quantity needed and evaporating it down until I got the necessary amount. The cheese and tomatoes cut down the really fishy taste of the tuna; it was wonderful. I'm about to buy the ingredients to make it again!

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

    Patricia Davidson from Palmyra, TN

    This is really good! I used 2 cups of brown rice which I cooked first. I was out of oregano, but the paprika worked fine added to the cheese mixture - we don't care for a lot of spice so I left out the rest. I used tomato wedges, diced tomatoes would be great - and Carnation fat free evaporated milk. Next time I think I will mix the tuna with the rice and mix a little of the cheese sauce into that, then top with the rest of the cheese sauce. But it is a great recipe - very easy. I'm going to use my leftover rice and make it this weekend for my sons and daughters-in-law to try.

  •  Star(s)

    So-So

    Kelly Evenson from Sultan, WA

    I made this casserole last Friday night. It was ok. A bit more flavor is needed, so next time, I will try to be bit more free with the flavors. It wasn't as bland as I expected, but needed "something". Just not sure what,

  •  Star(s)

    It was ok...

    KIMBERLY RIDDLE from Whitehouse, TX

    This was ok..the cheese sauce is really rich..probably from the evaporated milk. It seemed a little dry to me. Probably won't make it again...

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful dish!

    NANCY CHAPMAN from Yorba Linda, CA

    I have tried a similar recipe before without the rice. However, this is far better. It is nutrious and favorful. I would add a 1/4 cupful of salsa to it when I feel like spicy things up a little. A wonderful dish indeed.

  •  Star(s)

    Quite Tasty

    Ms. Tee from Euless, TX

    This was very good. Never thought I would like baked tuna. I was wrong. I added chopped green peppers along with the onions to my version and it was great. I've added this recipe to my recipe box and will definately bake it again!

  •  Star(s)

    new take

    Jennifer Shippee from GREENVILLE, NH

    this is sort of like a new take on an old classic...

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome Dish

    Arlene Doll from Kansas

    This dish is awesome made just as the recipe reads, but I sub. Spanish Instant Rice for the plain rice and I used 1 and 1/2 cups Picante Sauce instead of the tomatoes. It was fantastic! Tuna with a kick!

  •  Star(s)

    yummy!!

    Denielle from

    My whole family loves this recipe, it has become one of our favorites. The cheese topping is the best!!

  •  Star(s)

    cheesy tuna and rice

    Tamra Bottoms from Evansville, IN

    we used salmon instead of tuna! my 11yr old just loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Tuna/Rice/Cheese Casserole

    J. E. Cash from ARLINGTON, MA

    This is a super recipe for those of us who love, tuna, cheese, tomatoes! My friends and I are not fond of cayenne so I simply left it out. Perhaps for some this would be too bland, but we loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    good and easy!!

    Amy Meyer from LAS VEGAS, NV

    I also made this with more rice and used brown rice as that's all we eat. It was good and so easy and everyone loved this one!!

  •  Star(s)

    cheesy tuna

    Laura Kickbusch from LUXEMBURG, WI

    i read the comments before i made this recipe and decide to go with the more rice option. I added 3 c. cooked rice and chopped tomotoes into smaller chunks as my family has a hard time with large tomatoes. served with garlic toast..yum

  •  Star(s)

    Absolutely Scrumptious!

    Helen Lane from WATERLOO, IL

    This is such a wonderful dish, especially on a cold winter's night. It is light, yet filling, and tastes wonderful. So easy to make. I will be making it again, and am sure it will become a regular on our menus.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

    JIM APLIN from ORLANDO, FL

    This recipe is one I make for brunch on Saturday for myself & friends. We just love it.

  •  Star(s)

    CHEESY TUNA RICE DISH

    RENEE SMITH from GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL

    CHEESY & EASY IT IS THIS IS GREAT FOR A CHANGE, SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR DINNER. THANKS SO MUCH!

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna

    Phyllis Wilson from NORWOOD, MO

    This is a great quick dish. I added French Fried Onions at the end and my family loved it. They asked for it to be a regular.

  •  Star(s)

    Sauce too Rich

    Dawnalyn Monson from SAINT GEORGE, UT

    The casserole was alright, but I believe the sauce good have been better with a little less cheese. My family did like the spices though. I made the casserole again with regular rice, I cooked it first and less cheese and it was great.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy

    Fatima Tavares from Howell, NJ

    I tried this recipe with chicken instead of tuna. It was delicious and it was really fast to make.

  •  Star(s)

    Hope you like cheese

    Dena Marie from Elizabethtown, NC

    My family JUST finished this dish. It was very easy to make and rather filling. I feel it called for a bit too much cheese. I love cheese but, it can do a number on your stomach and I think I am feeling those affects right now. My husband loved it as well as my 3yr old son who doesn't eat much. The only thing my husband mentioned was the whole tomatoes. Perhaps I will use diced net time. As for my 6yr old and I, we will opt for less shredded cheese next time. It wasn't bad at all. I just hope you like cheese before you make this dish. You could always use less and It will probually be just fine. I will make this again just tweek it a bit first :)

  •  Star(s)

    cheesy tuna & rice dish

    Roxanne Meeks from TWISP, WA

    I made this for dinner & it was so good that i plan on making it again another night.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy!!

    PECHBLENDA MACAULEY from APO, AE

    This recipe is a winner. It works great for Potlucks and the tomatoes offer a great surprise as well as flavor.

  •  Star(s)

    This was easy

    Carmella Yates from PLANT CITY, FL

    The best casserole I've made so far. It was easy, tasty,and aromatic. I suggest trying it with other fillers like left over ham,turkey,chicken or ground beef. I've tried it with the left over chicken and my husband loved it. The left over heated well in microwave 2 minutes high per portion. By the way I also used left over cooked rice and broccoli to the tuna casserole, it came out great.

  •  Star(s)

    This is great !!

    Linda Randles from NORTH CANTON, OH

    I would have never guessed that rice would have been this good instead of noodles. I'll be making it this way more often. The family loved the tuns this way better than the noodles.

  •  Star(s)

    Great tuna dish

    Cindy Kouraimi from SAGINAW, MI

    I have had tuna rice dishes before, This one is one of my favorites. I do not use the hot pepper. My kids don't do spicy. But this is a very good recipe. The cheeses and spices blended very well and it was not to overspiced.

  •  Star(s)

    cheesy tuna and rice casserole

    annette devine from MYRTLE BEACH, SC

    I TRIED THIS RECIPE OUT THE NEXT DAY AFTER GETTING THE RECIPE. IT WAS FAST AND QUICK AND VERY GOOD. MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH LIKED IT. WE ADDED A LITTLE HOT SAUCE TO IT ON OUR PLATES AND HAD HOT BISCUITS TO GO WITH IT GREAT RECIPE I WILL DEFINITELY MAKE AGAIN.

  •  Star(s)

    Nice Change!

    Amy Mobley from NEW BRAUNFELS, TX

    I decided to try this recipe to change our "traditional" Tuna Noodle casserole and it was a big hit! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes that are available on your website! I plan on trying several each week!

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

    Alice Keeney from STRONGSVILLE, OH

    I used fresh sliced tomatoes, added some celery and garlic. It was very good, moist and filling. I will definitely serve it again.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to Fix

    J Hiser from COPPELL, TX

    This turned out to be a great quick lunch when we were on the go.

  •  Star(s)

    Great new taste for tuna!

    Ann Stansell from GREER, SC

    This recipe caught my eye because of ingredients and ease of preparation. Everyone enjoyed this dish and we will definetly have it again. I substituted diced tomatoes rather than whole, what a lovely blend of flavors!!! Served with a tossed salad, great for dinner after work, minimum prep time.

  •  Star(s)

    for kids

    joanne boivert from Litchfield Park, AZ

    Finnally, my kids are eating tuna! great recipes!

  •  Star(s)

    Main dish

    Christine Joyce from LUMBER CITY, GA

    Excellent quick dish for evening meal. Family loves it. I will definitely use again.

  •  Star(s)

    Good idea

    Sonya Murphy from WACO, TX

    Always like changes. This is a good idea I never thought of tuna with rice but this really makes my family happy and they ask for it all the time now.

  •  Star(s)

    Not Bad

    Lindsey M from CLAREMONT, ON

    Just wanted to say that this recipe was good, but it needed more flavor so, the next time I try it I will add more spice.

  •  Star(s)

    GOOD QUICK AND EASY

    Charmaine Thompson from MAYWOOD, IL

    I fixed this meal for my family, it was good, quick, easy, and a nice change from the noodles.

  •  Star(s)

    IT IS REALLY GOOD

    NICKI WOODSON from COLUMBIA, SC

    I SUBSTITUTED THE TUNA FOR SALMON AND IT WAS REALLY GOOD.

  •  Star(s)

    CHEESY TUNA AND RICE DISH

    LYNNE KRIEGER from YACOLT, WA

    VERY GOOD, WE ENJOY THE CHANGE WITH THE TOMATOES. WILL MAKE THIS RECIPE AGAIN.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

    Barbara Dillard from HOUSTON, TX

    This is a really good recipe. When I have left over rice, this is the dish I always make. I make sure I have left over rice.

  •  Star(s)

    DELIOUSSS DISH

    DAWNA GRAEFF from HAMPSHIRE, TN

    I MADE THIS FOR SUPPER LAST WEEK AND MY HUSBAND LOVE THIS DISH

  •  Star(s)

    cheesy Tuna doctering

    Barbara Sue Damore from Grand Rapids, MI

    While I liked this Recipe as written, I like to enhance flavor. I like adding and using the extra extra Sharp cheddar cheese, Then I, cut up celery along with fresh white buttom mushrooms. What a difference in flavor!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Tasty

    Heide Beierle from

    My husband and kids loved this recipe. The rice is a nice "twist"

  •  Star(s)

    easy meal

    Cathy Lovelace from INDEPENDENCE, MO

    I made this last night for my family and they thought it was great. They liked it better than my cheesy tuna noodels I make. It was easy and quick for a meal.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy BUT needed more flavor

    Jan Gall from WENATCHEE, WA

    I made this last night, altho it was very easy to make and fast, I thought it diffently needed something more for taste. I will make this again but will be adding other things to spruce it up in the taste department.

  •  Star(s)

    A few hints!

    Brenda Miani from METHUEN, MA

    This was very tasty and filling, good on a cold winter night! A few tips-the recipe doesn't say to Cook the instant rice-I didn't but I would next time, I also used kitchen ready diced tomatoes instead of whole-I like having the tomatoes through-out.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

    Linda Spencer from RANTOUL, KS

    Wow, this is a really good hearty meal. My family really loved it. We use a lot of cheyenne pepper in our dishes, and we added stewed tomatoes to our recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    Winter warm up

    P ARMSTRONG from MECHANICSVILLE, VA

    This was a great way to add more fish into my meals without having to spend a long time getting dinner ready. I loved the rice instead of pasta.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

    Cyndy B Wilber from Ravena, NY

    I like this very much. Instead of the canned whole tomatoes, cut in half, I used a 15oz. can of stewed tomatoes, that I cut into small pieces and used juice and all. It was awesome!

  •  Star(s)

    CHEESY TUNA AND RICE DISH

    betty arnold from NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

    THIS IS GREAT FOR WORKING MOMS - EASY - FAST AND THE FAMILY LOVES IT - I WILL CERTAINLY SHARE THIS RECIPE

  •  Star(s)

    Good

    PAT WELTCH from Greensboro, NC

    This is a good recipe however we like a little more zing. Next time I will add a can of zesty tomatoes for more spice.

  •  Star(s)

    mmmmmmmmmmmm so good and so easy

    Katherine Cook from PALO VERDE, CA

    my family is cheese and rice eaters and when I came across this recipe I knew what to fix for dinner. It is really a great casserole even for families on the go. I know this will go to my recipe box for future use.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 338
  • Calories from Fat: 201
  • Total Fat: 22.4g (34% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 13.8g (69% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 75mg (25% of DV)
  • Sodium: 754mg (30% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 15.3g (5% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.4g (6% of DV)
  • Sugars: 1.1g
  • Protein: 19.7g
  • Vitamin A: 29% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 22% of DV
  • Calcium: 41% of DV
  • Iron: 18% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Cheesy Tuna and Rice Dish

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) whole tomatoes, cut in half, drained
  • 2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna packed in water, drained

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

MELT butter in medium saucepan. Add onion; cook for 5 minutes. Blend in flour, salt and ground black pepper. Stir in evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil. Stir in cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted.

COMBINE rice, parsley, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, and tomatoes in 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Top with tuna. Spread cheese sauce over tuna.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly.

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