Caprese Panini with Pesto Spread

Caprese Panini with Pesto Spread

Am always on the hunt for scrumptious yet quick lunch options, and I love this easy-to-whip-up recipe.

Today, we're diving into the world of mouthwatering Caprese Panini with a delectable pesto spread. Whether it's a busy workday or a leisurely weekend, this panini combines classic flavors with a hint of culinary creativity. So, let's embark on a culinary adventure and create a lunchtime masterpiece in minutes!


  • 4 slices of ciabatta or your preferred bread
  • 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoons pesto sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sliced onion (optional)


  1. Preheat a panini press, grill pan, or a regular skillet over medium heat.

  2. Take a slice of bread and spread pesto sauce on one side.

  3. Layer a slice of mozzarella cheese on the bread, followed by tomato slices and fresh basil leaves.

  4. Season with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper.

  5. Top with another slice of mozzarella cheese and place another slice of bread on top, pesto side down.

  6. Brush the outer sides of the bread with a little olive oil.

  7. Place the sandwich on the preheated panini press, grill pan, or skillet.

  8. Cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted, typically about 3-4 minutes on each side.

  9. Once the sandwich is golden and the cheese is gooey, remove it from the heat.

  10. Let it cool for a moment, then cut it in half diagonally.

  11. Your Caprese Panini with Pesto Spread is ready to serve. Enjoy!

This delightful panini combines the classic Caprese flavors with a lovely pesto twist. It's a quick and tasty lunch option that's perfect for any day.

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