It’s a super busy evening, but you’re still wanting some delicious comfort food, so what do you do???   I have a scrumptious, easy, and very special grilled cheese sandwich for you!

Oh my goodness, this grilled cheese with tomatoes and pesto is an exciting addition to my menu planning. I made them after church last Sunday, and they were so good!

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful HomemakingIt’s so crispy, cheesy and garlicky!

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

Here is what you need:

  • Bread (I used white, but the original recipe uses sourdough which I bet is scrumptious)
  • Mozzarella cheese (that you can slice to desired thickness)
  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Pesto sauce (I used store bought for convenience, but you can make homemade)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter or Light olive oil
  • Turkey (optional)

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

Drizzle a frying pan or panini press with light olive oil or butter.  While that is warming up, spread one side of each sandwich with pesto.

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

Slice cheese and tomatoes to desired thickness, and add to the sandwich.

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

Top with salt and pepper, and the second slice of bread, and you are ready to “grill.”

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

I just used my all-purpose skillet and pressed the sandwiches down with a lid (Make sure to get the butter or light olive oil on both sides of the sandwich). Lightly toast on both sides over medium heat until the cheese gets all nice and melted.

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

Doesn’t that look yummy!? I also tried one with deli turkey slices in it, and it was awesome!

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful HomemakingThese were such a hit, I can’t wait to make them again; hope you enjoy as well!

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking

Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking
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Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto

Course Sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • Bread (I used white, but the original recipe uses sourdough which I bet is scrumptious)
  • Mozzarella cheese (that you can slice to desired thickness)
  • Ripe Tomatoes
  • Pesto sauce (I used store bought for convenience, but this link has a recipe)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Light Olive oil
  • Turkey (optional)

Instructions

  • Drizzle a frying pan or panini press with olive oil or butter.
  • While that is warming up, spread one side of each sandwich with pesto.
  • Slice cheese and tomatoes to desired thickness, and add to the sandwich.
  • Top with salt and pepper, and a second slice of bread, and you are ready to “grill.”
  • I just used my all purpose skillet and pressed the sandwiches down with a lid. (Make sure to get olive oil or butter on both sides of the sandwich)
  • Lightly toast on both sides over medium heat until the cheese gets all nice and melted.
  • I also tried one with turkey in it, and it was awesome!
 
YUM!
 
Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto, Joyful Homemaking
 modified from Food Network

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25 Comments

  1. Wow, this looks so good! I’m adding these ingredients to my grocery list this week. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from A Glimpse Inside πŸ™‚

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  2. Those look delicious! There is nothing better than a grilled cheese sandwich, and this looks like a great new one to try out that my family will love!

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  3. This looks so good!! I made one very similar to this but with pine nuts. It was a Bethenny Frankel recipe. Can’t go wrong with mozzarella and tomato. Yum!

  4. Margo,
    This awesome sandwich is calling my name, can’t wait to try it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. These looked so yummy on The Modest Mom that I had to stop over and tell you! We will definitely be adding them into our menu rotation this summer with fresh garden tomatoes and yummy pesto straight from the garden as well. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it!
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  6. These looked so yummy on The Modest Mom that I had to stop over and tell you! We will definitely be adding them into our menu rotation this summer with fresh garden tomatoes and yummy pesto straight from the garden as well. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it!

  7. You guys i just made this.. It was soooooo good. I felt like i was at a restuarant in my own kitchen. Waiting on my kids to get home so they can try it. Could be a great afterschool snack.

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  9. This looks delicious! I love a good grilled cheese sandwich, especially with tomato. I’ve been trying to find new ways to use pesto. Thanks for sharing!

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