Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe -
Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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"I first had this sandwich at a small restaurant and immediately went home to duplicate the recipe. I've been making my grilled cheese sandwiches this way ever since!"

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Original recipe makes 1 sandwich Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Spread one side of a slice of bread with butter, and place it, buttered side down, into a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Spread the top of the bread slice in the skillet with half the pesto sauce, and place a slice of provolone cheese, the tomato slices, and the slice of American cheese onto the pesto.
  3. Spread remaining pesto sauce on one side of the second slice of bread, and place the bread slice, pesto side down, onto the sandwich. Butter the top side of the sandwich.
  4. Gently fry the sandwich, flipping once, until both sides of the bread are golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes per side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2009

With hubs out Christmas shopping it was just me at home for supper tonight. I had presents to wrap and baking to do, so I wanted something simple but delicious, something more interesting than the plain ol' grilled cheese sandwich I almost settled for. Hoping for a twist on that old standby, this recipe came up with a simple search for "grilled cheese sandwich" and what a great find it was! The ingredients seem like such a natural, yet I never would have thought to put them together in a grilled cheese sandwich. I really liked this - the flavors all come together and using good, sturdy Italian bread really helps make the sandwich. This was a quick and delicious meal with ingredients I readily have on hand. No boring grilled cheese sandwich here!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 13, 2011

Does not need american cheese at all. Only put Pesto on one slice of bread because it overpowers everything otherwise.

Aug 30, 2010

This was delicious! I just used what I had on hand: pesto, wheat bread, sungold tomatoes, mozarella and goat cheese. I have tried it both fried and in the toaster oven (without the butter). Both are great!

Sep 10, 2010

This is an amazing sandwich! I made it using the "Pesto" recipe submitted by anderval and also didn't have any American cheese on hand, so used some shredded cheddar cheese instead. I also served this with "Rachel's Tomato Basil Soup" recipe on this site. This meal was something like I would expect to get in a fancy bistro .... I can't wait for lunch today so I can have more!

Dec 01, 2010

I used what I had on hand. Wheat bread, provolone, tomatoes and fresh basil. Grilled without butter on a tabletop grill. Yummy! Next time I will try it with pesto but it was really good and healthy the way it was.

Aug 27, 2009

what a nice variation on a grilled cheese sandwich. I don't have provolone cheese so I left that out and put in some sliced chicken instead. I love adding tomato to grilled cheese so any recipe that does gets a second look by me! I had sun dried tomato pesto in the fridge, so that's what I used, and I put it on olive bread. Very nice! Thanks for the recipe!

Dec 16, 2010

These were really good and easy to make on the George Foreman grill. Thanks for the great idea.

Dec 22, 2010

I literally just got done eating this--and let me tell you...YUM. I did everything as is, except added an extra slice of each kind of cheese. Next time I will likely omit the American cheese, as I found its flavor to be dominant...and though that was still delicious, I would like the pesto and provolone flavors to be more apparent. It was quick, easy and worth it!


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  • Calories
  • 503 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 36.5 g
  • 56%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 20.4 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 1108 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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