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These Amazing Tuna Melt Cheese Baguettes will explode your tastebuds! Super simple to make and unbelievably delicious! You’ll just love our best tuna melt recipe!

Tuna Cheese Melt Baguette

These cheesy tuna melt baguettes have been playing on my mind since visiting the Kynance Cove beach cafe and eating my way through a plateful there!

Way better than cheese on toast! This super tasty toasted baguette is stuffed with a mouthwatering combination of big meaty tuna flakes mixed with flavoursome basil pesto.

Then topped with handfuls of tangy mature cheddar cheese then cooked in the oven until bubbling and delicious.

This chunky cheesy tuna melt baguette is a satisfying lunchtime treat and a great canned tuna recipe!

Everyone should have a few good canned tuna recipes, right?

homemade tuna melt baguettes served on white dinner plates with a small bowl of side salad with lettuce, raw beetroot sticks, orange baby plum tomatoes, chopped red pepper, cucumber slices and a drizzle of ranch dressing

Sure you could add some greens – our tuna cheese melt baguettes are nice served with maybe a little dressed salad.

Or perhaps a handful of cherry tomatoes or cucumber sticks and maybe serve with a fresh juice if you wanted to squeeze in some fruit & veggie portions.

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What’s The Best Cheese For Tuna Melt?

Well I just LOVE Cheddar cheese, a good strong tangy mature Cheddar cheese is delicious for tuna melt sandwiches.

But… there’s lots of other great melting cheeses you could try… if you can get it – then do try Taleggio it’s Italian flavour and vibe goes really well with the pesto infused tuna.

Any of the following cheeses are great for our tuna sandwich recipe.

  • Fontina
  • Mozzarella
  • Provolone
  • Gouda
  • Taleggio

Tuna Cheese Melt Ingredients

ingredients for tuna cheese melts - part baked baguettes on an enamel tray, bowl of grated cheese, small bowl of green pesto, canned tuna, bowl of mayonnaise
  • 2 part baked sandwich baguettes – you can just pick these up in the supermarket – I usually keep a pack in the cupboard at home, they tend to have a long use by date on them and they’re great for french bread pizza too.
  • 2 x 160g cans of tuna – choose a tin of no-drain tuna so it’s not too soggy on your melt sandwich.
  • 3 tbs basil pesto – feel free to use tomato pesto if you prefer.
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise – at our house it has to be Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
  • 150g cheddar cheese grated – choose a mature cheddar, it tastes better on the melt sandwich.

How To Make Our Best Tuna Melt Recipe

You are going to just love how simple our tuna melt sandwich is to make!

  • Preheat the oven to 200C (or whatever temperature is says on the part baked baguette cooking instructions)
  • Open the cans of tuna and tip them into a dish. Add in the mayonnaise.

blue and white bowl filled with canned tuna with a spoonful of mayonnaise dropped on top. Next to the bowl is a small bowl of green pesto, in the background is an enamel roasting tin with part baked baguettes
  • Tip the basil pesto into the tuna and mayonnaise mixture.

bowl filled with canned tuna with a spoonful of mayonnaise and green pesto - bowl of grated mature cheddar by the side of the tuna
  • Make the tuna sandwich filler – Mix the tuna, basil pesto and mayonnaise together so that all the tuna is covered well in pesto and mayonnaise.

Cooks Note!

This makes a great tuna sandwich filler recipe just as it is for eating on cold sandwiches or using up in a tuna salad.

homemade tuna sandwich filler made with canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise and green pesto - all mixed up in a blue and orange floral bowl. Next to the tuna is a bowl of grated cheese
  • Put the part baked baguettes onto a baking tray and slice them down the middle and gently pull the baguettes open. Be careful not to cut all the way through otherwise the tuna sandwich filling with fall out the bottom.

two part baked baguettes split down the middle, bowl of pesto tuna sandwich filler and grated cheese by the side of the baguettes ready to fill them
  • Stuff the baguettes with the tasty pesto tuna sandwich filler.

enamel baking tray with part baked baguettes split down the middle and stuffed with homemade creamy pesto tuna sandwich filling, bowl of grated cheese waiting by the side to be sprinkled on top of the tuna.
  • Sprinkle the grated mature cheddar cheese all over the tops of the tuna stuffed baguettes.

part baked baguettes split down the middle and filled with homemade creamy pesto tuna sandwich filler topped with lots of grated cheddar cheese. Baguettes are on a white enamel baking tray waiting to be cooked
  • Bake in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until the bread is cooked through, the tuna properly piping hot throughout and the cheese melted and bubbling.

freshly baked tuna cheese melt baguettes with delicious melted cheese dripping from the sides of the baguette. Top of the tuna melts has been sprinkled with chopped flat leaf parsley. Baguettes are on an enamel baking tray on a wooden chopping board
  • Add a sprinkling of chopped flat leaf parsley or basil to the melted cheese.

freshly baked tuna cheese melt baguettes with delicious melted cheese dripping from the sides of the baguette. Top of the tuna melts has been sprinkled with chopped flat leaf parsley. Baguettes are on an enamel baking tray on a wooden chopping board
  • Serve your tuna cheese melt baguettes with a nice bowl of salad and a glass of fresh juice.

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homemade tuna melt baguettes served on white dinner plates with a small bowl of side salad with lettuce, raw beetroot sticks, orange baby plum tomatoes, chopped red pepper, cucumber slices and a drizzle of ranch dressing

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Make Tuna Cheese Melts Your Way

We just love our melt sandwich recipe – but you can mix things up a little!

You can use our tuna cheese melt recipe as a basic idea and take it in different flavour directions to suit your own tastes – it’s your sandwich eat in your way! Try…

  • Choose different favoured pesto – try rocket, sun dried tomato or even coriander and lemon.
  • Try granary bread, bagels or seeded baguettes – poppy or sesame
  • Make this into a tuna panini melt sandwich
  • Go with different cheese – maybe blue cheese or a sweet nutty jarlsberg
  • Spice things up with a splash of tabasco sauce or pinch of chilli flakes.

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Yield: Serves 4

Tuna Cheese Melt

homemade tuna melt baguettes served on white dinner plates with a small bowl of side salad with lettuce, raw beetroot sticks, orange baby plum tomatoes, chopped red pepper, cucumber slices and a drizzle of ranch dressing

Super tasty cheesy tuna melt baguette - great quick and easy meal idea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 part baked baguettes 
  • 2 160g cans of tuna 
  • 3 tbs basil pesto 
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise 
  • 150g Cheddar cheese 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C
  2. Mix the tuna, pesto and mayonnaise together.
  3. Split the baguettes all along the middle and gently pull the bread open.
  4. Stuff with tuna and top with the grated cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until the bread is cooked, the tuna piping hot throughout and the cheese melted and bubbling.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 781Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1345mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 51g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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