Tomato Basil Pesto Panini

Do you have fresh garden tomatoes? This recipes is delicious with fresh garden tomatoes! This is yet another recipe I love because it is customizable for each family member’s preferences.

Tomato Basil Pesto Panini


  • Bread
  • Basil Pesto
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Pasta Sauce (optional)

Spread a thin layer of Basil Pesto on one side of the bread. Layer a thickly cut tomato with mozzarella cheese. Add pasta sauce to the other piece of bread if you want. Cook in a Panini Maker or cook like a grilled cheese.

I have the Cuisinart GR-3 Griddler Jr 3-in-1 Nonstick Countertop Grill which has been a good investment as we use it quite often. Kids can also use it by themselves as it is easy to operate than the stove.


Yummy and so easy!

For the little kids, I made half sandwiches with pepperoni, sauce, and mozzarella.



Post Dinner Analysis

Everyone loved the customized sandwich. For the little ones, I left off the pesto, since it’s green. For the older guys, I put pepperoni on it. My oldest daughter and I ate it vegetarian style. Everyone was happy.

Freezer Friendly

I’d skip the freezer on this one!

Meat it Up

Add pepperoni.

Meatless Mondays is a weekly feature which will showcase some of my hits and probably misses with living a meatless life. Many of you know I stopped eating meat about a year ago for personal reasons. While, I haven’t had any desire to go back to eating meat, it has been a struggle to find healthy foods to eat.

Everywhere you go, meat is the main dish. Since I was new to this lifestyle, it led me to eating unhealthy options. I’m on a path now to cook healthier options at home without meat. While going meatless is a personal choice for me, you can still save money by having one meatless meal a week.

Will you join me on this journey by preparing one meatless dish every week?

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5 responses to “Tomato Basil Pesto Panini”

  1. Yum! I love to make these on sourdough. My boys love pesto. I just froze a double batch this weekend so we can enjoy it all winter.

  2. I just made this for lunch and it is delish! thanks for the post! I don’t have a panini maker : ( just a small George Forman grill and it worked pretty good.