Fast, easy and tasty. That is what this Turkey Pesto Panini recipe is all about. What could be better than coming home on a cold rainy or snowy night and being able to whip dinner up in about 10 minutes. Sounds good? Well come on and let me tell you more about this good for your soul sandwich.
We love Italian food in our family. I can remember as a child my parents making ravioli from scratch and having our kitchen table full of dough and ravioli. I would be the little chef helping how I could. It felt like hours of forming those cheese filled beauties. When I had the opportunity to go to Italy about 10 years ago, I was struck with the diversity of flavors. The best food was never in the touristy areas but where the locals ate. I was in awe over ribollita (bread soup), how fresh the cheese was and oh my goodness the gelato. I do believe I ate my weight in gelato while visiting that gorgeous country. I pester my husband entirely too much about going back and when we do, I can’t wait to experience new flavors. In the meantime I can recreate the magic that is Italian food. This Turkey Pesto Panini is perfect because Italians do love their panini’s.
I used my Toasted Walnut Pesto and I roasted red bell peppers on the grill. The combo of the two was like a perfect marriage of flavors in your mouth. Next time I would just buy the bell peppers already roasted and pre-make the pesto the day before. For all those gardeners out their wondering what to do with your basil, I recommend make a few batches of pesto. Freeze it and pull it out during the winter when you need it. It is such a fast and flavorful way of whipping up dinner.
To assemble the Turkey Pesto Panini spread pesto on both sides of the bread and then layer the bell pepper, meat and cheese. In the panini maker it goes for about 10 mins and you will have a crunchy, herby, cheesy piece of heaven. If you don’t have a panini maker, not to worry, just toast your bread instead and it still tastes phenomenal.
I paired the Turkey Pesto Panini with my Hearty Crockpot Broccoli Soup, but it goes great with any soup you love. Perfect way to stay warm for those chilly nights that are right around the corner.
Turkey Pesto Panini
- 2 slices sourdough bread
- 2-3 tbsp pesto *I used my Toasted Walnut Pesto see above for link
- 2 slices of turkey lunch meat
- 3 slices roasted red bell pepper
- 1 1/2 slices mozzarella
- Spread pesto on both slices of bread. Layer with Turkey, cheese and bell peppers. Cook in panini maker for approximately 10 minutes. If there is no panini maker, toast bread first and then layer with all ingredients.
Amounts will vary depending on total amount of sandwiches made.