My Ooey-Gooey Take on the Classic Comfort Food: Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Written by Chris

Pesto Grilled Cheese recipe

The rich, sweet, nutty flavor of Gruyère cheese complements basil pesto and sourdough bread so well; it really takes this adult grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!

Now that my family is back to somewhat of a chaotic weeknight schedule, squeezing in a few quick & delicious meals is a must. The beauty of grilled cheese is that you can cater to your family’s preferences. You just need to have a few different varieties of cheese and bread on hand. My kids still prefer the classic grilled cheese made with American cheese and white bread. However, they’ve been loving sharp cheddar and fresh spinach on wheat lately!

So if you are looking for a way to simplify dinner, give this Pesto Grilled Cheese a try. Then customize to your liking. Caramelized onions, thinly sliced Bartlett pears, peppery arugula or sliced tomatoes make great additions to this grilled cheese.

Pesto Grilled Cheese

Ingredients for 2 sandwiches:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil
  • 4 slices sourdough cracked wheat bread
  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) shredded cheese (I like a combination of Gruyère, sharp cheddar and mozzarella)


HEAT a heavy-duty, large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Spread butter over one side of each bread slice. On two of the slices, spread the unbuttered side with pesto, just enough to cover the surface.

Pesto grilled cheese recipe

PLACE slices of bread with pesto, butter-side-down, in the skillet. Sprinkle cheese evenly over bread in the skillet, as shown above.

PLACE remaining slices of bread over the cheese, butter-side-up. Cover skillet loosely and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden on bottom. Uncover; carefully flip the sandwich over. Cook uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. Slice in half and enjoy immediately (with a side of fresh veggies and fruit). If you like wine, I recommend a lightly sweet or dry Riesling.

pesto grilled cheese recipe

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Grilled Ham and Tomato Sandwiches
Smoked Turkey and Tomato Wraps recipe
Smoked Turkey and Tomato Wraps

One Comment

  1. Posted October 2, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Looks delicious!

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