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Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese

This pesto caprese grilled cheese is an Italian twist on a classic grilled cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pesto caprese grilled chese, pesto grilled cheese
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 263 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 2 slices whole grain bread of your choice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons basil pesto sauce (enough to coat one slice of the bread. I am using my own lightened up pesto sauce)
  • 2 to 3 slices thin tomato
  • 1 slice mozzarella cheese deli style
  • 1 teaspoons to 2 olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the grill pan on the stovetop, and preheat over medium heat.
  2. Spread pesto sauce on one slice of the bread.
  3. Add tomato slice next. I like to salt and pepper my tomatoes.
  4. Add a slice of deli style mozzarella cheese, and top with the second piece of bread.
  5. Brush on some olive oil on the top piece of bread, and place it (olive oil side down) on the preheated grill pan.
  6. Brush olive oil on the other side (that is now facing up).
  7. Cook the first side until toasty, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Flip the sandwich over carefully, using the pancake flipper, and cook the other side. (Note: the 2nd side will cook much quicker! Careful not to burn it.)
  9. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

Nutrition will vary based on what type of bread, cheese and pesto sauce is used.
Tip: You can lighten it up by using part skim mozzarella, light whole grain bread and my lightened up pesto sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Caprese Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 412mg18%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.