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Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis

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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!!

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Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 paninis


A quick, easy, and delicious meal that’s also fun to say — “Prosciutto, Pesto & Pineapple Paninis”!


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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22 comments on “Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis”

  1. 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!

  2. Yum! I love the pineapple on this!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Wow ! Yummm! Love that pineapple. thanks:)