Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Panini

Tasty, cheesy, and full of bold flavors. Our Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Panini is simple to put together and cures that hunger you have! The rich flavor of the sun-dried tomato pesto blends with the turkey and cheese to make an incredible sandwich option on busy weeknights. Spice up your weekly menu with this simple and fresh panini that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Panini on a plate

Sometimes you just need a good, filling sandwich. And not just any ol’ one will do. We wanted to branch away from traditional sandwiches and make something that spiced up our Monday night that was delicious, simple, and good for nights where we eat in the car. The kids love seeing these on the menu because they get to customize it to exactly how they like it. My daughter prefers extra cheese while my son leaves off the sun-dried tomatoes. Its easy to make everyone happy with a meal like this. Easily paired with our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad for an awesome meal at home 😉

What aisle are sun-dried tomatoes in?

You can usually find sun-dried tomatoes in the canned vegetable aisle or in the produce section of most grocery stores. Some stores even stock them in both places. Smaller boutique grocery chains will have a ‘gourmet’ section and you can typically find them there as well.

How do you make a panini without a panini press?

Easy! You first assemble your sandwich. Next, wrap your sandwich completely in foil. Then, grill your foil-wrapped sandwich over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side, pressing down with a spatula every once in a while.
Try not to burn yourself on your perfectly pressed sandwich. Also, instead of using a grill, you can do all the other steps, put on a skillet and push down with a smaller pot lid you have laying around. The results are still great!

Ingredients for Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini on a board with rolls.

Ingredients for our Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Panini:

  • Ciabatta Rolls
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Tomato Pesto
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Roma Tomatoes

How to make the Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Panini:

Slice ciabatta rolls in half. Spread sun-dried tomato pesto on both side of the ciabatta roll. We typically use 1 TBS per side when we make this. If you put too much pesto, it can create a soggy-situation that nobody wants!

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini being built with turkey, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.

Next, layer the turkey and sun-dried tomatoes to the bottom half of the roll. You can put as much or as little of the ingredients as you like.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini being built with turkey, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.

Last, put the spinach, sliced Roma tomatoes, and cheese on top of the rest of the ingredients. Complete the sandwich by adding the top bun. Once built, transfer the sandwich to the panini press.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini being built with turkey, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and tomatoes.

Place entire sandwich on panini press or grill. Press sandwich for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted and sandwich is fully toasted. Remove from panini press or grill, slice and enjoy!

Sandwich on the panini press

There is nothing better than making a dinner that is equally easy and delicious. When I first made these, my husband thought they were “gourmet” style and kept thanking me for spending all the time it must have taken to put these together. After taking in a little bit of the praise, I finally confided in him that they took less than 15 minutes from start to finish! Needless to say he was still appreciative, but requests these often because he knows they are quick to throw together and so delicious.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini
Yield: makes 6 paninis

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 6 Ciabatta Rolls
  • 1 jar Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
  • 6-12 slices of Turkey
  • 6- 12 slices of Provolone
  • 3/4 cup Spinach
  • 2-3 Tomatoes
  • 1 package Sun Dried Tomatoes


  1. Slice ciabatta rolls in half.
  2. Spread sundried tomato pesto on both side of ciabatta rolls.
  3. Add turkey, cheese, spinach, tomato and sundried tomatoes to bottom half roll.
  4. Complete sandwich by adding top bun.
  5. Place entire sandwich on panini press or grill.
  6. Press sandwich for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted and sandwich is fully toasted.
  7. Remove from panini press or grill, slice and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 561Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 994mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 40g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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