This pesto prosciutto panini is spread with homemade pesto and filled with fresh mozzarella cheese, slices of tomato, and a bunch of arugula.
When my husband and I were dating, we went on lots of picnics. It was so fun to pack the picnic basket and go on a date where we could chat and continue to learn more about each other. Well, we recently went on our first one since being married. It was time to get the picnic basket out again.
Although, it can be hard to know what to pack for a picnic. You want something quick and easy to make but also easy to eat. This pesto prosciutto panini is both of those things!
There are many reasons why you will love this pesto prosciutto panini, whether that’s for a picnic or not. Here are just a few of them:
- It’s easy to make. This panini really doesn’t take that long to bring together. The meat and the cheese can be bought pre-sliced at the grocery store which saves a lot of time. The pesto and bread also can be bought premade at the store.
- It is good hot or cold. Weather you eat this panini fresh out of the panini maker or stove top, or take it on a trip with you, the temperature really doesn’t matter at all. This panini will taste delicious whether it’s hot or cold.
- It’s full of healthy ingredients. While this panini is so yummy and delicious, it is full of healthy ingredients that will leave you feeling good and not sluggish!
Now, let’s get to making this panini!
Tools You May Need
Panini press or skillet
Blender or food processor (if making homemade pesto)
Pesto Prosciutto Panini Ingredients
Pesto (store-bought or homemade)
Panini bread (store bought or homemade)
How to make a pesto prosciutto panini step-by-step
To start, slice your bread in half and spread on the homemade (or store bought) pesto. I used this pesto recipe to make mine.
Next, add the desired amount of arugula on top of the pesto. I used about a cup.
Thirdly, on top of all that, add the fresh mozzarella cheese, about 3 slices.
Fourthly, add on the weight of your tomato to keep all of that down and intact.
Now for the most important step, add the meat on top of all that. Using about 5 slices of prosciutto per panini
Finish putting together the sandwich by adding more cheese on top and drizzling with a bit of pesto.
Lastly, press in a panini press or melt like a grilled cheese on a skillet. Serve hot or cold! Enjoy!
What is the best bread to use for a panini?
The best kind of bread to use for a panini is a bread that is sturdy enough to hold up while being pressed. For this specific recipe, I made this homemade panini bread. It was quick and easy which is just what I was looking for. Other breads that are good for a panini include focaccia and ciabatta.
Are prosciutto sandwiches healthy?
Prosciutto is higher in sodium, so you don’t want to eat too much of it. Although, prosciutto in moderation paired with fresh ingredients and veggies is good for you.
- 2 sandwiches worth of desired panini bread
- 3 Tablespoons pesto (homemade or storebought)
- 2 packs prosciutto
- 1 log mozzarella cheese
- 2 Cups arugula
- 1 slicing tomato
1. Slice your bread in half and spread on 2 tablespoons of the homemade (or store bought) pesto.
2. Next, add 1 cup of the arugula onto the sandwich.
3. Add three slices of the fresh mozzarella
4. Slice 3 pieces of tomato and add onto the sandwich.
5. Add about 5 slices of prosciutto onto the panini.
6. Finish it off by adding 3 more pieces of mozzarella and drizzle with a tablespoon of pesto.
7. Press in a panini press for about 7 minutes or until the cheese is just melted. A skillet will work just as well for this step!
8. Repeat step 1-7 for the second sandwich.
9. Enjoy panini hot or cold!
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