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Caprese panini with pesto sandwich recipe

Balsamic Glazed Caprese Panini with Pesto Sandwich

Melissa E. Nieves, LND, RD, MPH
This Caprese Panini is filled with fresh tomatoes, spinach, basil, mozzarella cheese, and pesto. Drizzled with a balsamic glaze and grilled to perfection, serve it pipping hot for the best, quick meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sandwich
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 fresh baguette loaf
  • ¼ cup pesto jarred or homemade
  • 1 small tomato, ripe
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar for the glaze*
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil


  • Slice the baguette loaf it half lengthwise. Spread the pesto over each half generously.
  • Add the sliced tomatoes, spinach leaves, basil, salt and pepper, mozzarella cheese slices to one of the bread halves. Drizzle this half with a bit of balsamic glaze.
  • Put the other half of the baguette on top of this one. Brush the entire sandwich with olive oil with a basting brush before grilling it.
  • Carefully transfer the panini to a hot panini press, skillet or griddle. Lightly oil cooking surface if necessary.
  • Press panini for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling. If using a skillet, flip when golden brown on each side. Transfer to a cutting and cut in half.
  • Serve with soup, salad, or fresh vegetables and dip.


*To make the balsamic glaze: Heat the balsamic vinegar in a heavy bottomed pan at medium low heat. Stir occasionally as the vinegar starts to thicken. Remove from heat once it reaches a syrupy consistency. 
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