Beef-Pesto Panini

Now you can make this take-out favorite at home in just minutes. Deli roast beef, basil pesto and mozzarella cheese provide the tasty filling in this grilled sandwich.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

8
slices Italian bread, 1/2 inch thick
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup basil pesto
1/2
lb thinly sliced cooked deli roast beef
4
slices (1 oz each) mozzarella cheese
Pasta sauce, warmed, if desired

  • 1 Spread 1 side of each bread slice with butter. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto on unbuttered side of 4 bread slices; place buttered sides down in 12-inch skillet or grill pan. Top with beef, cheese and remaining bread slices, buttered sides up.
  • 2 Cook over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, turning once, until bread is crisp and cheese is melted. Serve with pasta sauce.

Expert Tips

Panini, which means “small breads” in Italian, are all kinds of hearty sandwiches cooked like the American favorite, a grilled cheese sandwich. So although they sound cosmopolitan, they are remarkably quick to make.

Grill marks from a ridged grill pan lend authenticity to this sandwich. Some people even use their grills to heat these sandwiches.

Like chicken better than beef? Thinly sliced cooked deli chicken changes the flavor without changing the appeal of this sandwich.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
200 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22 g
22 %
(Saturated Fat
9 g,
9 %
),
Cholesterol
60 mg
60 %;
Sodium
1130 mg
1130 %;
Total Carbohydrate
23 g
23 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
23 g
23 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
28%;
Iron
14%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.