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Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Panini
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 4
Calling all panini lovers! With thick, juicy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, our tomato and mozzarella panini will make you feel like you're walking the streets of Italy—with a warm, mozzarella panini in hand. Ready in 20 minutes, our panini recipe will likely become a household favorite given it's a perfect lunch or dinner option and vegetarian friendly. Quick warning, be prepared to make this pesto panini again and again. It's just that good, we think you'll love it.
Updated June 22, 2021

Ingredients

  • 4 ciabatta sandwich rolls
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 8 thin slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Steps

  • 1
    Heat closed contact grill 5 minutes.
  • 2
    Cut each roll in half horizontally; brush outside of each half with oil. Spread pesto on inside of both halves. Layer each sandwich with cheese and tomato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • 3
    When grill is heated, place sandwiches on grill. Close grill; grill 4 minutes or until bread is toasty and cheese is melted. Slice sandwiches on diagonal and serve warm.

  • If you can’t find ciabatta rolls for this pesto panini recipe, you can substitute focaccia or 8 slices of country bread.
  • Our tomato and mozzarella panini is especially delicious when made with large beefsteak tomatoes at their peak of ripeness. When ripe tomatoes are not available, try using chopped cherry tomatoes. They are more reliably flavorful no matter what the season.
  • Fresh mozzarella can be used instead of the slices in our panini recipe.
  • Cooking Vegetarian? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
430
Calories from Fat
270
Total Fat
30g
46%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
950mg
39%
Potassium
220mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
26g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
4g
Protein
15g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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