Gooey mozzarella, fresh basil pesto, crispy bacon and sun dried tomatoes – this truly is the ULTIMATE Pesto Grilled Cheese!
Pesto and cheese really is such an underrated combo and today we’re celebrating it in all it’s glory. Follow me…
Pesto Grilled Cheese
The great thing about a pesto grilled cheese is how quick and easy it is to make. It’s also a good excuse to use up some ingredients you’re needing to use up that are knocking about at the back of your cupboard/fridge!
What Pesto to use?
Basil pesto is the classic option and definitely works best here. I recommend a homemade pesto, but failing that just make sure it’s a reputable brand. The difference between a quality brand and cheap brand of pesto is staggering.
The other thing to note with the pesto is just ensure it’s not too oily. If your pesto is quite oil heavy it’ll make the grilled cheese go greasy. I recommend gently passing it through a sieve to get rid of some of the oil beforehand if the consistency is thin.
How to make a Pesto Grilled Cheese
Usual method for a grilled cheese, only the layering is slightly more important here. Make sure you spread the pesto in between the cheese, just so it’s not go direct contact with the bread, which in turn could lead it to go greasy/soggy.
What Cheese to use?
Mozzarella is your best choice here – it’s a classic pairing with pesto and its subtle flavour allows the pesto to shine. I highly recommend fresh mozzarella, but for all intents and purposes shredded mozzarella will work. Just ensure you pat the mozzarella dry if it’s fresh, just so it doesn’t leak unnecessary moisture into the grilled cheese.
Now you could just leave it at, but I love chucking in some sun dried tomato and crispy bacon. Both compliment the cheese and pesto beautiful and add another layer of texture to the sandwich.
Process shots: butter bread and flip (photo 1), add mozzarella (photo 2), add pesto (photo 3), top with bacon and sun dried tomato (photo 4), followed by mozzarella (photo 5), finish with buttered bread and fry both sides (photo 6).
Serving a Pesto Grilled Cheese
Crisp/Chip Recommendation: Roast Chicken flavour works beautifully with the grilled cheese, really compliments the bacon and pesto.
Love a pesto sandwich? Check out my Crispy Chicken Pesto Sandwich!
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this pesto grilled cheese shall we?!
How to make a Pesto Grilled Cheese (Full Recipe & Video)
The Ultimate Pesto Grilled Cheese
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Large Frying Pan
- Paper Towels
- Place two slices of bread in the frying pan (or 4 if your pan is large enough) with the heat OFF. Spread with butter, then flip so they are butter side down.
- Top with 3-4 thin slices mozzarella, followed by 1 heaped tbsp pesto, topped with sun dried tomatoes and bacon, followed by another layer of mozzarella then finish with another slices of bread.
- Squish down with your hands to contain the filling, then spread with butter.
- Turn heat to a medium and fry both sides until golden with the cheese melted through the centre.