Tomato & Basil Pesto Grilled Cheese

Tomato & Basil Pesto Grilled Cheese


  • lots of butter for cooking
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp pesto from Joe's Kitchen
  • sliced cheddar cheese (or mozzarella would be great, too)
  • Ciabatta bread, sliced down the center so that the crusts remain on the outside (this will hold up better for grilling than if you cut a slice where the crust is only around the edge)



  1. In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, melt 2 tbsp. of unsalted butter
  2. Spread pesto on each slice of bread. Place one slice into the pan, and layer tomato and cheese slices. Top with the second piece of bread. 
  3. To press sandwich, place a heavy plate or pan on top. Allow the sandwich to cook and the bottom slice of bread to become crisp.
  4. Flip the sandwich - adding more butter to the pan in between if needed. 
  5. Serve warm!