Pesto Tuna Melts Recipe
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Pesto Tuna Melts Recipe

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A tangy Italian twist on tuna salad, this cheesy open-faced sandwich from Nancy Monroe of Statesville, North Carolina is a fuss-free standout. Pair it with a cup of hot soup or chips for a tasty lunch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 slices Italian bread (1 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 pouch (3 ounces) tuna
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 slices (1 ounce each) part-skim mozzarella cheese, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 329 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 613mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn and broil 2 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  2. Combine pesto and mayonnaise; spread over toasted bread. Top with tomato, tuna, pepper and cheese. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Tuna Melts in Cooking for 2 Spring 2007, p24

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Goody2 User ID: 2991770 107488
Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"I absolutely love this idea. I make open-faced tuna sandwiches for my family also but never thought of mixing pesto (a favorite of ours) with the mayo! I can't wait to try this."

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