Pesto Grilled Cheese is easy! This simple vegetarian grilled cheese is made using store bought pesto and Turkish bread. Making grilled cheese in the oven is simple and results in thick burger like sandwiches!
We need awesome grilled cheese sandwiches made simple and delicious, like the following. Baked Bean Toastie, Zucchini Grilled Cheese, Hash Brown Grilled Cheese, Cheese and Onion Sandwich, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup which one will you try 1st?
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Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Some days you want to make a grilled cheese sandwich and enjoy a little comfort food. The combo of pesto and cheese works so well together as we take 2 delicious ingredients and melt them together.
Call it a grilled cheese or pesto mozzarella sandwich, I know what you are talking about! It's so cheesy and it's so GOOD! (Haha!)
How to make Grilled Cheese in the oven
The best thing about making grilled cheese sandwiches is you rarely go wrong with them.
Whilst there are various methods for making them, such as on the stove, in a sandwich press or by using a jaffle iron, some of these methods result in 'squashed sandwiches' that loose their appeal.
Most of the grilled cheese recipes on the blog are done on the stove and this is because they are made using different types of bread.
For this pesto grilled cheese with tomato, I wanted to show you how to use Turkish bread for grilled cheese. It is a good thick bread, very versatile and it keeps well for leftovers the next day. Instead of squashing our ingredients together in the sandwich press, we are going to toast it in the oven and have beautiful thick sandwiches to devour!
Pesto Grilled Cheese ingredients!
This recipe is about super simple, easy ingredients. Let's have a look at what we need. In the photo below, you can see what brings this sandwich together:
- turkish bread
- basil pesto
- cheese (mozarella)
- vine ripened tomatoes (optional but a delicious adddition!)
- balsamic vinegar (to serve)
We also use a little spray oil to make our bread crispy, toasted and delicious!
Pesto goes with cheese like Batman goes with Robin. It's a combo that works! This being a vegetarian sandwich is a great option when you are having people over and you don't know if they are all meat eaters or not.
How to make Pesto Grilled Cheese
Making Pesto Grilled Cheese is EASY!
I have step by step instructions and photos below:
The steps above are:
- Cutting our Turkish bread into 'sandwiches' and cutting them open (photo 1)
- Spraying cooking oil (I use canola spray) onto the bread to crisp up! (photo 2)
- Spreading a pesto layer onto the bread (photo 3)
- Slicing the tomatoes for the grilled cheese (photo 4)
- make a tomato layer on top of the pesto (photo 5)
- cheesy layer (photo 6)
- close your sandwich with the matching side (photo 7)
- spray the outside of the grilled cheese with cooking oil (photo 8)
Then we simply pop our grilled cheese into a pre-heated oven and let it melt away! I find that it more hands off using this method as you don't have to 'flip' your toastie the way you do when making it on the stove.
Give it 10 - 15 mins in the oven, see that the cheese is melted, the bread a nice golden brown shade and plate ready to serve. My favourite way of serving this sandwich is with small bowls of balsamic vinegar. Dip and slurp as you go, it is AMAZING!!
Grilled Cheese Sandwich ideas
Here are some further ingredient combos you might like to try:
- Cheese and Onion Sandwich
- Baked Bean Toastie
- Hash Brown Grilled Cheese
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
- Zucchini Grilled Cheese
Pesto Grilled Cheese Quick info:
FAQ's about the recipe:
- this recipe makes 2 pesto grilled sandwiches
- mozzarella, shredded, tasty or light are all good cheeses to use
- the tomato is optional, but adds a pop of colour, flavour and texture
- This is a super EASY recipe
Expert tips for success:
- use the cooking spray both on the inside and outside of the bread (ultra toasty)
- use store bought basil pesto from the fridge (dip) section
- don't use butter for the bread as the spray oil does all of the work
- for leftovers the next day, wrap in baking paper and keep in the fridge
The balsamic vinegar option gives these sandwiches an extra tasty dimension! Serve in little bowls like the ones shown here in the photos.
If you want to switch up your lunch each day and alternate with non bread based recipes, try these recipes:
- Bacon and Egg Quinoa Salad (Instant Pot Bacon)
- Gluten Free Zucchini Slice
- Easy Sausage Rolls
- Zucchini Slice Muffins
- Zucchini Slice
If you love using pesto in recipes, try the Bacon Pesto Pasta for an easy dinner!
Pesto Grilled Cheese
- Flat Baking Tray
Pesto Grilled Cheese
- 200 grams turkish bread Note 1
- 2 tbsp basil pesto Note 2
- ½ cup cheese Note 3
- 2 vine ripened tomatoes Note 4
Pesto Grilled Cheese
- Preheat oven to 200°c/400°F, gas 6
- Cut your Turkish bread into sandwich portions and then cut to open
- Lay non stick paper on a baking tray and place bread slices on top
- Spray the insides of the Turkish bread with cooking oil
- Spread Basil pesto onto the base of each sandwich
- Place cut slices of tomato on top
- Sprinkle a layer of cheese on top then close the sandwich by adding the matching side.
- Spray the outside of the sandwiches with cooking oil
- Place in the oven for 10 -15 mins until the bread is toasted, a light golden brown and the cheese is visibly melted
- Use an oven mit to remove sandwiches from the oven, rest for 30 seconds. The use a knife to cut in halves.
- Serve with small bowls of balsamic vinegar.
- Note 1The best way to not get a 'squashed grilled cheese' is done by technique and ingredients. For these delicious pesto grilled cheese, I love using turkish bread. I find that it keeps well at home so I don't have to have same day fresh bread, plus it keeps its shape and density when making grilled cheese in the oven. You can, however, use your favourite bread, sourdough or rye is always nice, not to mention a freshly baked loaf of mutligrain!
- Note 2 When making Pesto Grilled Cheese sandwiches, I always use a pesto dip from the fridge section of my local shop. I want it to be easy, delicious and fast. I also don't want to have to make something only to make something if you know what I am saying. There is a time and a place for homemade pesto and if you have it in your fridge already, go for it. But if you don't, do yourself a favour and buy the basil pesto from the shop!
- Note 3 Most cheeses will work in a grilled cheese, it all depends on what flavour you are after. Choose your favourite, or if in doubt you can never go wrong with mozzarella.
- Note 4 I am not being a tomato snob in saying this. All tomatoes are delicious. Often when I am making grilled cheese I try and use either vine ripened or roma tomatoes. They are the tomatoes I dig the most for melted, ooey goozy deliciousness!!
Awesome Grilled Cheese!
Life is easy with a few delicious grilled cheese sandwiches up your sleeve.
You will never be bored or hungry with fllings galore and an unlimited imagination!
I've got you getting your bake on for this one, pesto sorted, cheese sorted, grab the bread and go!
I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below. As always sing out if you have any questions.