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Beef-Pesto Panini

beef-pesto panini Lunch Italian
Beef-Pesto Panini
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 4

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.

Updated March 27, 2007

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

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

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