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Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce. A Panini Sandwich Recipe is loaded with all sorts of goodies, but the crowning jewel is the fresh creamy pesto. 

Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

A friend once told me she found it hard to make a good panini sandwich. She explained that the inside sometimes came out soggy, or that by the time she had pressed the sandwich long enough to warm through the center, the outside was too dark.

This puzzled me, because a good panini press is meant to make life a little easier in the kitchen. After further discussion, we discovered that she was using cold, wet ingredients (like tomatoes and olives straight out of the tub) and had set the temperature on the grill too high. After a little adjustment, she now uses her panini press all the time for sandwiches, as well as fish and grilled veggies.

It’s amazing how one conversation, or piece of new information, can change your perspective.

Vibrant Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

BigKitchen.com recently sent me a wonderful Calphalon Removable Plates Grill. Prior to this, my only hangup with panini presses and electric grills was how tricky they were to clean up. This one has certainly changed my perspective.

This Calphalon indoor grill is a cinch to clean. Both grill plates simply pop off and can even be placed in the dishwasher, along with the drawer in the back that catches grease and crumbs.

The top portion of the press is hinged to allow height adjustment for even cooking. That means you can place tall sandwiches, or thick-cut steaks in it without any difficulty. Also the preheat function is exceptionally fast. By the time you assemble your panini sandwich recipe, the grill is ready to go.

Amazing Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Today I’m serving a Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce. This pesto is a little different from the standard variety because it calls for less oil and is blended with cream cheese. The cream cheese provides a light silky quality and accentuates the basil, walnut and lemon. It’s easier to spread than regular pesto and makes a wonderful melty addition to any panini sandwich recipe.

How to make a Panini:

  • Preheat the grill
  • Butter the bread
  • Load with dry, room-temperature ingredients
  • Press to toast

That’s really all there is to it. I loaded these with black forest ham, genoa salami, artichoke hearts, sprouts and a good shmeer of creamy pesto. Heavenly!

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Creamy Pesto Panini Sandwich Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce. A Panini Sandwich Recipe is loaded with all sorts of goodies, but the crowning jewel is the fresh creamy pesto. 
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the Creamy Pesto:

  • 2 cups basil packed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 ounces cream cheese

For the Panini Sandwich Recipe:

  • 8 slices sour dough bread
  • softened butter
  • 16 slices black forest ham
  • 16 slices genoa salami
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained and pulled apart
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts

Instructions

  • Preheat a panini press to 300 degrees F. Add the ingredients for the creamy pesto to a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  • Butter 8 slices of bread, then flip them over and spread the creamy pesto on the opposite side. Place 4 slices, butter side down, on the panini press. Layer each with 2 slices ham, a small handful of artichokes leaves, 2 slices salami and the other slice of bread. Close the panini press and grill for 3-5 minutes.
  • Then remove the sandwiches, open them up and add a handful of alfalfa sprouts. Press them closed again, cut and serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 1022kcal, Carbohydrates: 88g, Protein: 54g, Fat: 50g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 3624mg, Potassium: 805mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1900IU, Vitamin C: 25.8mg, Calcium: 302mg, Iron: 8.3mg
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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  1. This creamy pesto recipe is really amazing. I love this recipe and want to cook it. Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe.

  2. Yum!

  3. If using pesto that I’ve already made and want to mix it with cream cheese to make the spread, any suggestions for the ratio of how much pesto to mix with the 4 oz of cream cheese? I don’t want to overdo it. Thanks!

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  103. I follow A Spicy Perspective on Twitter already and on FB. Now following BigKitchen on Twitter as well. I would love a panini machine because not only would I use it to make great sandwiches but I know my teen son would as well. I’d definitely make the above recipe. May try it on my griddle and see how it goes. Love pesto recipes! Congrats on the great turnout with comments! And yes, I’d be happy to share this post with my FB friends.

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  106. why, if I won it, I’d first cook the recipe you’ve shared here, Spicy! love the shmear of that pesto–can’t wait to try it! (Hey, congrats on getting so many comments. Pleased to see that so many are appreciating your wonderful site!)

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  132. My sad version of a panini press is two skillets pressed together with a sandwich in between. When I get a real panini press, the first thing I’ll make is a Creamy Pesto Panini!

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  147. What a great giveaway! And I love the idea of putting cream cheese in the pesto – I bet it makes it creamy and delicious! This panini maker looks fab – the removable plates definitely make it. I would definitely make paninis on it (my favorite is fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and pesto) but I would also love to experiment with cooking chicken and other meat on it.

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    My favorite so far is with sauteed and seasoned spinach, onions, pine nuts with feta cheese inside naan. I love hearing the cheese sizzle and then when I open up the press I to see the grilled lines. Oooh, getting excited about paninis just thinking about that.

    If I win the professional one, I can make more than one panini at a time and make a variety without waiting too much time.

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  194. grilled goat cheddar and tomato with a touch of pesto would be the first thing to be cooked

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  216. OMG this pesto sounds wonderful, thanks! Many tks for the panini usage instructions.
    I’d make sandwiches, of course, thick whole grain breads! And grilled veggies to “spice up” salads –what a lovely, healthy meal in just a few minutes. Can’t wait.

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  223. Thank you for providing instructions for Panini success. As to what I would like to try, should I be fortunate enough to win this panini press, it would have to be your pesto panini sandwiches. I have pesto in the freezer I made with basil from my garden last summer and this would be an EXCELLENT way to use it.

    Thanks again!

    Best wishes,

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  245. Well now I’m craving a pesto panini so that’s what I would make!

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  262. My husband jokes that I’ll turn anything into a sandwich (it’s how I survived the college cafeteria). I’d make a fancy grilled cheese with fresh tomato and herbs from the garden.

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  274. i would cook the panini you just posted! Looks delicious!

  275. I want to make this sandwich…! Love the idea of using cream cheese in the pesto…!

  276. I would LOVE to make a panini with cream cheese, raspberry jam, provolone cheese and fresh cut TURKEY! YUM!

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  278. Love the looks of your sandwich and that pesto cream cheese!
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  296. I have a press now but a devil to clean because the plates don’t come out. I would make a crab salad panini with a spread made from roasted red pepper and hearts of palm and topped with a nice slice of fontina cheese. I grill the vegetables for the spread on the press too. I grew up eating grilled crab salad sandwiches with cheese at the local ice cream parlor and I decided that as an adult event though I have fond memories of the original I like my version even better.

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  298. What a gorgeous grill. I’ll make burgers, grill chickens and panini in it!

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  299. Creamy Pesto Paninis and Giveaway! http://shar.es/gTVQ2 I shared this on twitter.

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  304. My Hubby’s favorite panini: Ruben!

  305. I love your panini! Using pesto on a sandwich is one of my favorite things to do! What would I make on this – anything! Panini’s, cook up some chicken quick for a salad at lunch.

  306. I would make panini’s YUMMY! Thanks. ME

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  312. I’d make cuban sandwiches…then I wouldn’t have to use my cast iron skillet (which works perfectly)!

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  319. pastrami and provolone panini

  320. MMMMM I would cook pesto, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes and fresh spinach on homemade wheat bread for sandwiches!

  321. I love my panini maker, I love it so much, I have one at work too! Your sandwich looks yummy! It’s lunch time right now and your sandwich would be perfect! Have a great weekend!

  322. Great minds think alike! My first thought was Cuban sandwiches too. I owuld aslo try a “panini” version of a croque monsieur-yum!

  323. I would make all kinds of sandwiches, I like to experiment with lunch meats, sausages, ect. I would be fun trying on this machine.

  324. I pinned this recipe too.

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  326. I would make my favorite panini, a caprese version with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil pesto

  327. Like you, I seldom use my press because the messy clean up. This Calphalon version seems to remove that obstacle. My favorite panini is nutella and strawberries on brioche!

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  331. Sharp cheddar, roasted pepper and bacon jam panini.

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  336. Panini Everything!

  337. Ooh that looks so delicious! Love the combination of the veggies and meats with the pesto, looks fantastic and mouthwatering. I would definitely make some panini sandwiches, maybe with some sun dried tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella, and nice thick crusty bread. Thanks! My birthday is March 18, so if I win, I’ll be one happy (and hungry!) birthday gal!

  338. I would love to try all different paninis. Esp veggie pesto ones or smoked turkey and bacon. I love paninis!

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  345. I’d cook turkey panini

  346. I tweeted! Would love to win, us newlyweds NEED paninis! :)

  347. I;d love to make an eggplant, mozzarella, and basil panini!

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  349. Yum, love pesto on paninis! I might have to go with an apple, cheese and chicken panini although in the summer, you never can go wrong with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato!

  350. pepperoni, salami, mozzarella, and vinegar sandwich… gooey, spicy and yummy

  351. Don’t think I have a chance with all the other comments on here, but would certainly love to win this. Hubby loves grilled sandwiches. First, would make the pesto panini here, it sounds wonderful. Then Cubans, Rubens and hubby’s new fav Rachels! Thanks for your site, love it.

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  357. I love paninis! I’d probably make a panini with hummus, cheese, and tomato.

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  367. I would love to make my own paninis. I just love them.

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  369. Nothing toooo fancy :) I have a big jar of pesto waiting for this grill in the freezer!

  370. I would make sandwich with CHEESE…mmmmm. Your panini looks fabulous, Sommer :)

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  372. Grilled cheeses!

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  374. I would make yummy healthy gluten-free and dairy free sandwiches. Yum

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  376. We LOVE paninis, but always have to shell out too much $$ at a local coffee shop, to make our own would be divine!!

  377. I would definitely make this recipe– maybe switch out the meats or do meatless. Looks yummy!!

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  381. I would make a tempeh panini!

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  386. I would make an Italian sandwich with salami, capacola, and mozzarella. Yumm!!!!

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  388. I would love to have a panini maker! I would make my family grilled fabulous sandwiches and french toast on busy nights!

  389. Definitely a panini with some homemade sourdough bread!

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  396. I would make a grilled chicken and provolone panini with tomato and pesto. Yummy!

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  399. Mm, I’d use it for panini, french toast, all the stuff I want to grill but don’t want to go out back for! :)

  400. No idea only because I have had one panini in my life so I would need recipes in order to pick up something good.

  401. I love paninis!!! I don’t have a panini press so I’ve actually been using my waffle maker to make them :) My kids love how crunchy they are and my 2 year old loves poking his finger in the squares…

    Love your pesto recipe..never seen cream cheese in a pesto recipe before…will be sure to try!

  402. Pick me! I would probably get crazy and make a cake panini of some sort! :)

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  405. Quesedillas!!!

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  411. I would make a pear, prociutto and gorganzola pizza with mosh! Yum

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  416. What would I cook? Everything! First paninis, then maybe some grilled pineapple? Or a grilled pizza?

  417. I would make 5 billion panini!

    THAT’S PLURAL YA KNOW. :)

  418. I pinned this post, gorgeous shots by the way!

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  426. I would cook a grilled cheese with avocado and bacon!

  427. I would cook Rubins I’ve been wanting one all week, but really what wouldn’t I use this grill for :)

  428. Ooh…. I would love to try that creamy pesto panini as well as experiment with other ingredients… sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, assorted cheeses…the list goes on and on!

  429. What a delicious looking sandwich and a great giveaway. Your photos are lovely, too! Thanks for hosting, Sommer. I would probably cook a panini like this on a grill like that. Yum!

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  435. Oh – I would make a caprese sandwich……I’m drooling right now.

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  437. For my kiddos it would be grilled cheese sandwiches, but I would like some grilled veggies.

  438. Jazzed up Grilled Cheese Sandwich!!! Buffalo Chicken, Creamed Spinach ‘n’ Bacon, A Reuben, Poached Egg Grilled Cheese with Asparagus and Ham….. SO Many Ideas =) Great Giveaway.

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  446. I would love to grill some ham and swiss cheese sandwiches. My favorite!

  447. A pressed focaccia sandwich with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.

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  455. This would be awesome for summer cooking! I’d make as many kinds of paninis as possible. Anything with guac would be a hit! :)

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  464. I’d make jalapeno popper grilled cheese first thing!!

  465. A grilled cheese glazed donut.

  466. I’ll make nutella paninis and would love to try your panini recipe. Thanks ….Gina F

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  469. I pinned, facebooked, tweeted … you name it. FUN! Have a great day!

  470. i would make all sorts of different types of panini’s especially with pesto- i love pesto!!

  471. Pinned this recipe!!! Would love to win and try it on my own!!!

  472. Love it so much I shared it also on my facebook wall!!!!!! :)

  473. I would make me some kind of breakfast panini!!! Maybe a scrambled egg omelete type thing with ham and cheese!!! YUMMY!!!

  474. Creamy pesto? what a fabulous idea! I love paninis! I would probably make a crab and avocado panini, because I love that combo!

  475. I don’t have a panini press, can you believe it?Looks so yummy! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  477. I’d make my favorite grilled cheese: sharp cheddar on sourdough with a little of my sungold tomato preserves!

  478. I’d make pesto grilled cheese (using gouda and swiss, yum!). And grilled veggies. Okay, I’m hungry now.

  479. I would like to make grilled cheese and tomatoes

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  482. Oooh, pesto is my favorite thing to put on paninis! I would make a caprese panini right away if I were to win this!

  483. Please, please, please – i would LOVE to win this grill! We know go ‘old school’ when we make panni’s with a grill pan and a plate – taking turns to push down the sandwich before we get burned. It is seriously so pathetic! first thing i would make, hands down is a cubano….I just love these but my cooking method does not do justice! and to also grill fish??! If i don’t win – this is definately going on my easter wish list (why not, right??!)

  484. I have been wanting to buy a Panini Press for a long long time… so if i get to win this i will make an easy cheese panini which my 2.5yr old daughter loves a lot :)

  485. I Pinned It on Pinterest…wasn’t sure what to pin.the sandwich pic, the panini grill pic……the recipe??? So I pinned the grill : ) http://pinterest.com/pin/254453447666496457/

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  488. Today I am craving a Gryo, so I think I would like to create that type of sandwich Panini : )

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  496. Ohh a panini for sure, and fish – salmon, tuna, or veggies…ok getting carried away.

  497. I love Panini’s and would love, love, love to win this! The first thing I would make would be a Turkey Reuben with homemade Russian dressing!

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  501. Definitely a panini of some sort! Yum!

  502. The first thing I would make is probably some fancy cheese and vegetable panini.

  503. I love making paninis with black beans, salsa, cheddar, avocado, etc… so delish!

  504. Cubano’s! And would fry some plantains on the side :)

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  507. I would make a buffalo chicken panini (with the sauce used on buffalo wings), with arugula.

  508. mmm I would love to have a press like that to make lots of yummy paninis with gooey melted cheese
    thanks!

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  510. Paninis every morning for breakfast. Yum! =)

  511. This looks so great! I’m such a huge sandwich fan. I’d probably make my favorite melted caprese sandwich.

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  516. Panini’s are one of my favs. I would have to make reubens they are the best.

  517. I’d start with a Grilled Reuben.

  518. I would make tons of paninis. We don’t have a real grill though so chicken and steak would also be made. Your pesto looks great. Pesto is always a must for me and my paninis.

  519. Anything, I’m not picky, but probably something creamy with arugula!

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  522. love this and would love to have this so badly! Great giveaway

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  524. I would make paninis, of course! :)

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  531. I’d make a panini with Cheddar Apples and arugula

  532. Yummy!! We had a panini party last weekend.. had a blast.. love your combo!!

  533. Chicken, goat cheese, and raspberry chipotle sauce +bread + panini press = mmmmmmmmmm

  534. I would cook a yummy cheese sandwich with tomato, onion, and spinach! Thanks!

  535. Maybe try out a calzone? Your panini looks delicious Sommer!

  536. I would love to make grilled veggies! for pizzas, sandwiches, salads, kabobs

  537. I’ve been meaning to buy a panini press, so this would be a great opportunity to win one! I loooove pesto, so you can be sure I’d be making this sandwich with it. I also found a recipe with spinach and sundried tomatoes that I would love to try :)

  538. I’m not sure what I would make, but it would include this pesto!!! I love the idea of making it with cream cheese, and can’t believe I never thought of that!

  539. cheddar paninis on rye bread

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  542. That’s “too”, not “oo”, although that would be what I’d say when biting into my delicious creation.

  543. I wouldn’t get oo fancy with my press, probably just make a ham and cheese sandwich.