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Pesto Caprese Panini

When we were boating on Sunday, Piper royally freaked out…just once. Neither of the girls like “going fast” but let me tell you, the difference in Shea between this year and last is VAST. Piper, being a bit younger, is still a little unsure about the noise, waves, motion, etc. And it can be a lot, I totally get it.

As the girls (and I) were sitting on the floor of the boat (lord only knows why), Shea started comforting Piper during her meltdown. She said, “Piper, it’s okay. It’s like Daniel Tiger says…when you do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.” I melted into a proud puddle of motherhood bliss right then and there, let me tell ya.

Piper was then listening captively, absorbing whatever it was that Shea was going to tell her next. Which was…I don’t remember. But it was sweet and I was making a mental note to occasionally put down my Kindle during TV time with the kids and to perhaps listen to what’s going on. As it ends up, there’s some messaging that may come in handy, though undoubtedly will always be better consumed when coming from her big sister.

I try this same tactic with food, of course. My success rate varies a lot. Winners in this recipe are pesto and bread, so says my kids. I’m a fan of it all, of course. In throwing a bone to my choosy eaters, after trying a bite, I OK’ed their removal of the tomato slices with which they were OK’ed to replace with turkey pepperoni.

I mean, it’s not my thing, but they seem to think everything is better with turkey pepperoni. Whatever, it’s fine. And, it seemed to work. So while they turned their sandwiches into a meat-lovers pesto sandwich, hold the caprese, Mark and I enjoyed them as is. Because tomatoes are amazing and are quickly coming into season.

I used Aldi’s sourdough for these sandwiches which are large, thinly sliced pieces of bliss. That said, these could easily be made on a baguette or whatever carb tickles your fancy. I mean, is there any going wrong here? Not with these ingredients (unless you’re 4 or 6 years old and belong to me). Enjoy!

Pesto Caprese Panini

Pesto Caprese Panini

Yield: 4 servings (1/2 panini each)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Juicy tomatoes sandwiched between pesto and mozzarella all between two slices of sourdough. What's not to love...?


  • 4 large, thinly sliced pieces sourdough*
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced


  1. Preheat griddle or panini maker to 400 degrees F.
  2. Brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil.
  3. Flip over 2 slices of bread and cover each with half of the pesto. Place the tomatoes on top of the pesto, followed by the mozzarella. Top with the remaining bread, oiled side up.
  4. Transfer sandwiches to the panini maker/griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, flipping once browned. Slice in half and serve immediately.


*bakery sourdough, roughly 1.5 ounces per slices

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/2 panini
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 23.3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 542mgCarbohydrates: 26.0gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 3.8gProtein: 14.3g

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