Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis

June 29, 2012 by Ali

Ok, so these sandwiches may fall a little closer into the “melts” category, but I couldn’t pass up the alliteration. :)

Regardless of what you call them, these Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis were crazy delicious! They were basically an experiment combining favorite ingredients that I’ve been enjoying from our neighborhood market this summer — tasty prosciutto and fresh mozzarella from our Italian market, homemade pesto made with fresh local basil, my favorite sourdough bread, and of course, lots of juicy sweet pineapple. They kind of reminded me of a Hawaiian pizza, with the ham and pineapple vibe, but oh-so-much better with the prosciutto and homemade pesto.


The best part is that this is a 10-minute meal that calls for just 5 ingredients. 5 ingredients!!! Feel free to make them on the grill or grill pan, or just pop them under the broiler in the oven for extra melty-cheese goodness. Either way, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this simple sandwich. I certainly did!!

Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1-2 paninis


  • favorite sliced bread (I used sourdough)
  • pesto, homemade or storebought
  • fresh pineapple, cored and sliced into thick half-rings
  • fresh mozzarella
  • sliced prosciutto


Spread a tablespoon or two of pesto on a slice of bread. Then layer on the pineapple, arranging to fit as needed. Then add a layer of mozzarella cheese, and then the sliced prosciutto. Repeat with additional paninis.

To make on a grill pan, heat the grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the paninis and cook until the bread is toasted. Remove and serve immediately.

To make in the oven, preheat the broiler to high. Add in the paninis and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, about 2-4 minutes. (Keep a very close eye on these so that they do not burn!) Remove and serve immediately.

Ali’s Tip: These would be extra delicious with some fresh baby arugula added in as well. That just didn’t go with the “P” theme… :)


filed in Entrees, Pork, Sandwiches

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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19 thoughts on “Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis

  1. I hit print as soon as I saw these! I can’t wait to make them!

    - Jeannie

  2. That pineapple – wow!! What a great sandwich!

    - Deborah

  3. oh my! i LOVE pesto! this looks amazing!

    - Sandy a la Mode

  4. This looks like such a fresh summer sandwich – perfect for summer! And so pretty too :)

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  5. The pineapple is brilliant, my friend. This is sandwich perfection!

    - Cassie

  6. These are beautiful! Looks like a perfect combination!

    - Riley

  7. haha love the alliteration going on! i tried to say it 4 times fast ;) this looks delicious especially with the addition of pineapple!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  8. Oh my gosh I totally made pesto panini last night too! This is fiiiiiiine.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  9. Never thought of combining pineapple with those more italian flavours but it sounds like it works a dream!

    - Kathryn

  10. Looks delicious, Ali!!

    - The Purple Carrot

  11. Love the alliteration, and LOVE LOVE LOVE this! And it’s open-faced which makes them even better!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  12. What a great combo…and I agree arugula would go well

    - The Food Hunter

  13. Oh my!!! My mouth is watering so early this AM – yum!!!

    - Ali's Mom

  14. Yum! I love the pineapple on this!

    - Rachel Cooks

  15. oh yum! i had a sandwich in seattle that was close to this and reminded me of how much i loved it! i would never think to put pesto with pineapple but it’s SO good together!

    - brandi