Grilled Caprese Panini

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Grilled caprese panini sandwiches are a delicious, easy-to-make meal. Mozzarella cheese, basil pesto, and tomatoes are tucked between 2 slices of sourdough, then grilled on a panini press.

We love our panini press. We used to call these fancy Italian sandwiches grilled cheese, but panini sounds so much more continental!

Whether you use a panini press, or grill your sandwich the old fashioned way in a skillet, this grilled sandwich is the perfect comfort food.

Grilled Caprese Panini Sandwich
Grilled Mozzarella, Pesto and Tomato Sandwich

Pair it with a bowl or cup of creamy Tomato Soup and you’ve got the perfect lunch.

Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato Basil Soup

Caprese Salad.

Insalata Caprese
Insalata Caprese

You can make your own pesto from scratch, or purchase it in the deli section.

Fresh basil pesto,
Traditional Fresh Basil Pesto.

I chose mozzarella cheese, but provolone would be delicious too.

Grilled Caprese Panini Sandwich
Grilled Caprese Panini Sandwich
Grilled Caprese Panini Sandwich.

Grilled Caprese Panino

Grilled caprese panino has pesto, tomatoes and gooey mozzarella cheese.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 1 serving
Calories 892 kcal


  • 2 slices rustic bread or sour dough
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons homemade or store-bought pesto
  • 2 slices fresh tomato
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil


  • Brush both sides of bread with olive oil, (inside and outside)
  • Spread pesto on insides of both slices.
  • Add slices of cheese and tomatoes.
  • Press between a panini press or in a hot pan, pressing down. Flip sandwich and continue cooking until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 892kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 28gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1410mgPotassium: 321mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1438IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 407mgIron: 6mg
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Grilled Caprese Panini with mozarella, pesto and tomatoes.
Grilled Caprese Panini with mozarella, pesto and tomatoes.

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  1. Yum! Grilled cheese combined with Caprese salad… two of my favorite things! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to make this for my family!

  2. 5 stars
    This is SO DELICIOUS and easy! I would stress using full fat mozzarella for that ooey gooey delicioness. We love cheese sandwiches but may never have a different style again as this is addictive with tha pesto. Would also love to enter your current contest for Scottish tea towel Sandra Sutherland Montague Winfield

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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