Tomato, Mozzarella & Pesto Panini

This simple and fresh sandwich combines mouthwatering beefsteak tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil pesto. Classic flavor combinations!
Photo by Heather S.
A tomato and pesto panini oozing with mozzarella.

PREP TIME

5

minutes

TOTAL TIME

10

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

5

minutes

TOTAL TIME

10

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    large ripe beefsteak tomatoes

  • 1

    (16-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella

  • 12

    slices bakery white bread, sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 1

    cup prepared pesto

  • Kosher salt

  • Unsalted butter, at room temperature

Directions

Preheat a panini grill machine. Core the tomatoes and slice the tomatoes and mozzarella 1/4-inch thick. Place the bread slices on a work surface. Spread each slice evenly with pesto. Place a layer of mozzarella (about 2 slices) on half of the bread and cover with a layer of tomato. (If the tomatoes are large, it will only be one slice.) Sprinkle the tomato with salt. Place the remaining slices of bread, pesto side down, on top. Spread the top and bottom of each sandwich with softened butter. Grill the sandwiches in batches on the panini grill for 2 to 3 minutes, until the mozzarella starts to ooze. Cut each sandwich in half. Serve warm.

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