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Caprese Panini

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Sandwich
Servings: 4 panini
Author: Barbara Schieving


  • 1 French baguette cut into 4 portions (I used ciabatta rolls)
  • ½ cup pesto purchased or homemade
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 2 medium-size ripe tomatoes sliced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves I used baby spinach


  • Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.
  • For each sandwich: Slice off the doomed top of a baguette portion to create a flat grilling surface.
  • Split the baguette to create top and bottom halves. Spread a layer of pesto inside each baguette half. On the bottom half layer some mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and more mozarella. Close the sandwich with the top baguette half.
  • Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 5 to 6 minutes .