Hot and hearty pesto panini

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paniniThis hearty sandwich makes a wonderful lunch, or dinner. The cheese, bread and pesto make it filling, while the fresh veggies help balance it out.  We think it’s a deliciously comforting feel great food!

Pesto Panini – Feel comforted


  • 4 slices of bread (your choice, I like pumpernickel, rye or sourdough)
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 4 small shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 plum tomato, sliced
  • 4-6 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 roasted red pepper (or 2 handfuls from a jar) [How-to roast a pepper]


Water sauté the onion and mushroom. [Click here for instructions on water-sautéing!]

Lather 2 tbsp of pesto over 2 slices of bread, and then evenly divide the onion and mushroom mixture over both pieces. Top with roasted red pepper slices, tomato, mozzarella and the second slice of bread. Place the sandwiches on a George Foreman grill. Cook for about five minutes, and then flip and cook for 5-10 minutes more, until the cheese appears melty and the bread is sufficiently toasted.

Serves 2.

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