Give Canned Tuna The Cacio E Pepe Treatment And Thank Us Later

When one thinks about cacio e pepe, typically pasta comes to mind. The dish is traditionally made with just three ingredients that include grated pecorino Romano cheese, black pepper, and noodles. There are other variations of the meal that include adding fresh peas for a pop of color or bits of savory bacon to take the flavor up a notch. You can even take the basic ingredients and make a pizza or tasty pie out of it. But have you ever thought about adding these items to your canned tuna?

Usually, if you're whipping up some tuna in a hurry you just add some mayonnaise for creaminess and whatever else you may have on hand, like chopped onions or pickles. If you're less pressed for time, some even suggest adding fresh veggies or peppers for a little extra spice. However, if you want something that's simple to make and tastes incredible, try giving your canned tuna the cacio e pepe treatment by adding grated parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper, and regular or olive oil mayonnaise. Put this mix on some crunchy crackers or toasted bread and you'll have the perfect pairing.

The exact measurements you'll need and how to make a tuna melt with it

If you plan on making this deliciously easy recipe and don't just want to just eyeball the ingredients, you'll need two cans of five-ounce tuna and three tablespoons of regular or olive oil mayonnaise. Then you'll add in your freshly ground black pepper and grated parmesan to taste. If you're interested in making a tuna melt with this mix, try tossing in some capers and lemon juice to infuse some tang into each bite. Then you can follow the steps you would take to normally make a tuna melt sandwich.

Slather your bread of choice with some butter, put in your cacio e pepe-infused tuna, and toast it on the stove in a pan or fire up the oven. On the stove, it typically needs to cook for two minutes on each side over medium-low heat, while in the oven it's recommended to cook it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a baking sheet for five to eight minutes or until the cheese looks melted. If you're looking to use your broiler, the sandwich needs to sit for about four minutes or until the cheese looks golden brown. Whichever way you choose to enjoy this savory twist on cacio e pepe, your tastebuds will thank you.