Belle of the Kitchen | Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts

Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts

These Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts are made with tuna, a hint of garlic, and gooey cheese, sandwiched between two slices of buttery crisp bread. Get ready to sink your teeth into this one!

Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword parmesan peso tuna, parmesan pesto tuna melts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 343 kcal
Author Ashlyn


  • 4 (2.5 oz) pouches Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna or Light Tuna (you could also use 2 (5 oz) pouches or 2 (5 oz) cans)
  • 4 Tablespoons mayonaise
  • 4 Tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sliced bread of choice (I used rye)
  • butter
  • sliced tomato, optional
  • sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese


  1. Empty pouches of tuna into a medium sized bowl and flake tuna with a fork. Add in mayonnaise, pesto, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper, and mix well.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Butter one side each of eight slices of bread. (You will only need to butter four slices if making an open-face sandwich.)
  3. Once skillet is warm, add one slice of bread to the skillet, butter side down. Immediately layer with one slice of cheese, 1/4 of the parmesan pesto tuna mix, tomato slices (if using), and another slice of cheese. Top with a second slice of bread, butter side up.
  4. Allow to cook, about 3 minutes, or until bottom slice of bread has turned golden brown. Flip sandwich with a spatula, and repeat on the other side. Remove tuna melt from skillet and repeat process to make three more sandwiches.
  5. For Open-Face Tuna Melt: Prepare sandwiches in an oven-safe skillet, using the same process as above, except for leaving off the top layer of bread when layering sandwich ingredients. Cook sandwiches until bottom slice of bread has turned golden brown. Turn oven broiler to high. Place skillet on middle oven rack, and broil for about 2 minutes, or until cheese on top is melted and dotted with brown. Remove skillet from oven and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 685mg30%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 189mg19%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.