Presto Pesto Panini (with Prosciutto, Provolone & Peppers)

August 25, 2009 by Ali


So apparently my love for alliteration translates to food as well. :)

This is one of my favorite quick lunches to make. Granted, I’ve never been a big “sandwich” person. (May have been the only kid who grew up not crazy about PB&Js!) But I have been known to get excited about a nicely-grilled panini. So when I came across this lovely ciabatta roll this week, thought it was a good time to pull out the grill pan and make it happen.

While I tend to just throw in whatever meat, cheese, and fresh veggies (or sometimes fruits) I have onhand, I must say that I love-love-love making paninis with prosciutto! It’s my occasional splurge at the deli, and I dig the salty, mildly sweet flavor it adds.

And…when paired with provolone, pesto, and roasted red peppers, I can almost pretend like I’m enjoying a classic lunch in Tuscany…mmmm….


Presto Pesto Panini (with Prosciutto, Provolone & Peppers)

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 ciabatta roll, individual-sized
  • 2 slices prosciutto
  • 1 slice provolone cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp. your favorite pesto sauce (classic basil pesto recipe)
  • roasted red peppers (optional)


Preheat panini grill (or grill pan, or George Foreman, or whatever you'd like to use!)

Slice ciabatta in half horizontally, and fill with layered prosciutto, provolone, pesto and red peppers. Fold together and grill for 5 minutes, or until bread is lightly golden and cheese is melted. Slice horizontally and serve.

Ali's Tip: This recipe is one of my favorite ways to use up all of the little "ice cubes" of pesto in my freezer! In case you've never tried it, this is a wonderful way to freeze pesto. (This way you can just pop out and thaw measured portions when you'd like!) One "cube" tends to be plenty for me for a sandwich. :)

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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3 thoughts on “Presto Pesto Panini (with Prosciutto, Provolone & Peppers)

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  2. Mmmm! Looks delectible :) thanks!!!

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