How to Make Tuna Melt Baskets

by Jeff Reynolds

A quick and easy flavourful snack which can be frozen and reheated when required.


  • 9 Slices of bread
  • 2 95gm cans of tuna
  • 100 Milliliters Low fat thickened cream
  • 80 Grams Grated cheese
  • 1 ½ Handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic paste
  • ½ Brown onion (finely diced)
  • 2 Cups Pasta
  • 1 Pinch Assorted seasoning to taste
  • 1 Muffin Tray
  • 1 Roll of baking paper
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Here's what you'll need.

    Step 2

    First cut up squares of baking paper roughly an inch bigger than a slice of bread.

    Step 3

    Then with a nice sharp knife, cut the crusts off each slice. Don't throw the crusts away as we'll be using them later. You don't need to be too precise either.

    Step 4

    Place a square of baking paper under a slice of bread and press into the muffin tray. Continue with each slice. Then bake in oven for 20 mins at 180 deg Celsius.

    Step 5

    Separate the full crusts from the broken ones, put them in a freezer bag (you can bake them at a later date and use them as dipping sticks). Tear the remaining ones apart and bake in oven for 20 mins.

    Step 6

    Bring a pot of water to the boil and add a sprinkle of salt. When boiling, add pasta and reduce heat for 12 mins or until pasta is cooked.

    Step 7

    Finely dice half a brown onion and drain the cans of tuna.

    Step 8

    Once pasta is cooked, drain water, then add thickened cream and onion. Stir for a minute or so.

    Step 9

    Then add the spinach. Stir again.

    Step 10

    Then add the tuna, garlic and seasoning. I used some parsley, Moroccan seasoning and salt and pepper. Stir, then turn off the heat and mix in the cheese.

    Step 11

    Once the bread baskets are baked dry, fill them with the tuna melt mix.

    Step 12

    Top with the croutons.

    Step 13

    Then return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Step 14

    ... then you're all done! Enjoy!

    Step 15

    Feel free to swap out ingredients or add in others; customise it to what's left in your fridge and pantry.