Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Why settle for ordinary grilled cheese when pesto grilled cheese is so easy to fix? Pair the sandwiches with your favorite soup for a fast, satisfying meal. —Arlene Reagan, Limerick, Pennsylvania
Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 slices walnut-raisin bread
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 8 slices provolone and mozzarella cheese blend
  • 8 slices tomato
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened


  1. Spread four slices of bread with pesto. Layer with cheese and tomato; top with remaining bread. Butter outsides of sandwiches.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches until golden brown and cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes on each side.
Pesto Grilled Cheese Tips

What kinds of bread are good for pesto grilled cheese?

We use a walnut-raisin bread for this recipe to introduce a sweet-and-savory element, but most bread is suitable for pesto grilled cheese. Try sourdough bread to add a tangy flavor, multigrain bread for a nutrient-rich option, or brioche to create a level of indulgence. Ultimately, the different types of bread affect the flavor and texture of the grilled cheese, so have some fun and experiment with yours.

What other types of cheese can you pair with pesto?

Most cheeses pair well with pesto, from tangy goat cheese to briny feta. We prefer melty cheeses for grilled cheese, but you don’t have to use the classic mozzarella, American cheese or cheddar here. Try Havarti for a buttery character or fontina for its nutty flavor, both of which pair exceptionally well with your favorite store-bought pesto brand.

What do you serve with pesto grilled cheese?

Tomato soup is the classic side dish for grilled cheese, so don’t be afraid to serve the standard side dish with pesto grilled cheese. Other good side dishes for grilled cheese include a green salad or coleslaw, pickles or a pasta salad. For a crunchy option, look to potato chips or french fries.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 435 calories, 29g fat (14g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 739mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.