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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich - everything you want from a classic Caprese Salad in a warm, toasty, grilled cheese sandwich.
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

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I have a very easy recipe for you today. And a really tasty one, too! Every summer when tomatoes are at their height, I see post after post touting the classic Caprese salad on the blogs.

They always look beautiful with their perfectly sliced red tomatoes, gleaming white mozzarella cheese, and richly colored green basil leaves. Just gorgeous!

But, do you know what? I’ve never had a Caprese salad that wasn’t, well to be honest…a little bit bland. Really.

So, I decided to take those classic ingredients and work them into a nice, warm, melty grilled cheese. And I can tell you with confidence, that this Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich is not the least bit bland.

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It’s the pesto that really perks it up and enriches the flavor. Plus, who doesn’t like melty cheese?

And I’ll tell you a little secret – I bake all my “grilled” cheese sandwiches. I started doing it out of frustration, actually.

Every single time I’d do them on the stovetop, I’d set off the smoke alarm and I despise that blaring thing! By baking them, you can do as many as you want all at once and no smoke alarm taunting you :-)

How to Make a Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Photo collage showing assembly of the caprese grilled cheese sandwiches

Spread one slice of bread with half the pesto. Top with half the shredded mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with remaining mozzarella. Spread remaining bread slice with remaining pesto. Place on top of sandwich.

Sandwich being prepped with butter and herbs on outside of bread

Spread one side of sandwich liberally with softened butter and sprinkle lightly with dried Italian herbs. Place buttered side down on a baking sheet. Repeat the butter and seasoning on the second side.

Golden brown sandwiches on a baking sheet

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown, turning once halfway through cooking.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich – everything you want from a classic Caprese Salad in a warm, toasty, grilled cheese sandwich.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For each sandwich:

  • 4 slices bread I used sourdough
  • 4 tbsp prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 4 slices tomato
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spread two slices of bread with half the pesto. Top with half the shredded mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with remaining mozzarella.
  • Spread remaining bread slices with remaining pesto. Place on top of sandwich.
  • Spread one side of each sandwich liberally with softened butter and sprinkle lightly with dried Italian herbs. Place buttered side down on a baking sheet. Repeat butter and seasoning on second side.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown, turning once halfway through cooking.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 665mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1849IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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16 Comments

  1. I always do these types of sandwiches in the oven. You can do the quantity wanted in one whack, and the clean up is easier. Look great.
    Miss P

  2. Just made this for lunch with our last 2 homegrown tomatoes!!! I didn’t have mozzarella so I used shredded cheddar and it was delish! I will make it again with mozzarella because I love caprese Salad!!

  3. I love caprese salad but I think I might like it better sandwiched between two pieces of crusty bread! Such a delicious looking sandwich….yum!

  4. You had me at “easy” and “tasty” haha! It’s the simple things in life… seriously!! These sandwiches are to die for!! They’d make a great quick dinner or lunch and this is a great base recipe, in case you want to add more ingredients. Love it!!

    1. You’re right, Rose! This is really easy to alter to include, for instance, a grilled chicken breast if you wanted more protein. Or bump it up with a handful of baby spinach.

  5. The garlic and romano cheese in the pesto really perks up the bland mozzarella and makes this so delicious, Ashley!

  6. Lana, this sandwich rates a 10 for me. I love your use of dried herbs and fresh tomato. Plus that melted cheese is pure perfection! Hungry!!!