It’s summer, which means that there are kids in practically every house…all day long. Do you know what that means? It means that you will have little ones constantly asking you for food. It never fails.
When my kids are out of school they eat me out of house and home. So I am forever looking for simple recipes that I can make quickly and that will fill them up…at least for a few minutes.
This pesto grilled cheese does the trick!
What Is Pesto Grilled Cheese?
Pesto grilled cheese is simply grilled cheese with a kick. In this specific recipe, you use pesto sauce, tomato sauce, mozzarella and prosciutto to make a scrumptious sandwich that is as tasty as it is simple to make.
Can You Substitute Ingredients?
You could if you wanted. If you aren’t a fan of mozzarella, you could use cheddar or another type of cheese and you could leave off the prosciutto, although it does give the sandwich a wonderful flavor.
My kids are picky eaters and they loved it, so I’m sure your entire family will love it, too!
Can You Use Homemade Pesto Sauce?
Absolutely! I always recommend homemade ingredients when you can use them. You can find so many wonderful pesto sauce recipes online.
To make it, you basically just need basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, hard cheese like parmigiano-romano, olive oil and salt.
What Do You Serve With Pesto Grilled Cheese?
The beauty of this recipe is that you have so many yummy ingredients that you really don’t have to serve anything with it at all unless you just really want to.
If you want to do a soup and sandwich lunch or dinner, this broccoli cheese soup would be a great addition.
- 4 slices of sandwich bread, crust removed
- 2 tbsps. of butter, room temperature
- 4 slices of fresh mozzarella
- ½ cup of low-moisture mozzarella, shredded
- 2 tbsps. of tomato sauce
- 2 tbsps. of pesto sauce
- 4 slices of prosciutto
- Butter one side of sandwich bread and place it (buttered side down) on a slice of prosciutto.
- Spread tomato sauce over the bread, add fresh mozzarella, cover it with pesto and top with low-moisture mozzarella.
- Butter another bread slice and spread some sauce over it. Cover sandwich with second bread slice and another layer of prosciutto. Fold prosciutto ends over each other to secure them.
- Repeat with leftover ingredients to make the second sandwich.
- Place both sandwiches into Panini press and cook until prosciutto gets crispy and cheese melts.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 734 Total Fat: 45g Saturated Fat: 22g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 138mg Sodium: 2660mg Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Protein: 44g