Caprese Grilled Cheese With Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Pesto

Caprese Grilled Cheese With Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Pesto


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This Caprese Grilled Cheese is the perfect lunch for summer! All you need is a few fresh ingredients and you’ve got an easy and delicious meal in under 15 minutes. 

I made this Caprese Grilled Cheese with the tomato and sweet basil from my garden. It was a rewarding and delicious meal to make! 

This recipe yields 2 Caprese Grilled Cheese sandwiches.

Caprese Grilled Sandwich Tower
Caprese Sandwich with basil


Caprese Grilled Sandwich
  • 4 slices of ciabatta bread 
  • 4 thin slices of tomato 
  • 4-5 slices of fresh mozzarella 
  • 10 fresh basil leaves 
  • 4 tbsp of store-bought basil pesto spread
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • Salt to taste


Open Caprese Grilled Sandwich
  • Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to your pan and set the heat to low-medium (do not allow the oil to smoke)
  • Cut your ciabatta loaf into 4 slices 
  • Spread the basil pesto sauce on each slice of bread (1 tbsp per slice) 
  • Place your mozzarella on top of the pesto spread
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella with a little salt
  • Add your fresh basil to the pan and cook for 30 seconds 
  • Remove the basil from the pan and place on top of the mozzarella
  • Place tomato slices on top of the mozzarella
  • Add the top slice of ciabatta to your sandwich
  • Place sandwiches in the center of your pan and cover with a lid. Cook each side for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and place something heavy like a cast-iron skillet or another small pan on top of your sandwich. Use the pressure of your hands to press down on the sandwich. This will allow your cheese to melt.
  •  I did this for an additional 3 minutes for each side. 
  • When turning the sandwiches be careful. Use a spatula to help you keep the sandwich together.
  • Once the mozzarella is melted and bread is golden brown remove the sandwiches and eat right away.


Next time I make this I will cut thinner slices from the ciabatta loaf or I will use a thinner kind of bread. I am a huge bread lover so I didn’t mind the bread to cheese/tomato ratio, but I think this could have been even tastier with a thinner type of bread. You could try Italian, sourdough, or even wheat toast! Ideally, the toast should be about ¾ thick!


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