Roasted red pepper and pesto grilled cheese recipe

Brandi Bidot

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This isn't your plain old grilled cheese. We loaded this one up with fresh pesto, roasted red peppers and creamy cheeses giving this a gourmet spin on this classic sandwich.

Roasted red pepper and pesto grilled cheese recipe

This ooey-gooey grilled cheese is anything but boring. This delicious spin on a grilled cheese is literally bursting with flavors. The pesto is the real star in this recipe giving it that sharp basil and Parmesan flavor. Get creative with your choices of cheeses or simply switch out the types of veggies used to make this into your own personal favorite.

Roasted red pepper and pesto grilled cheese recipe

Yields 2 sandwiches


  • 4 slices rustic, thick-sliced Italian or French bread
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil pesto or fresh baby spinach, divided
  • 2 slices of havarti cheese
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • Jarred roasted red peppers


  1. Spread each slice of the bread with the basil pesto. Add a slice of havarti, some of the roasted red peppers halves, fresh baby spinach or the fresh basil, then add a slice of provolone cheese. Top with the other slice of bread and repeat for the remaining sandwich.
  2. Lightly butter the outside slices of each sandwich. In a grill pan over medium-heat add the sandwiches pressing them down with something heavy, such as a heavy pot or a can. Cook 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the panini over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve warm.

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Brandi Bidot
Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic eating and tries to eat as natural and as unprocessed as possible. Frequenting farmers markets for the freshest produce possible, Brandi prefers to cook all of her family’s meals at home. She has a background in nutrition and photography and is the creator of the food blog