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Perfect Picnic Pesto Panini

4 paninis

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Sandwiches and Wraps Soy-Free

Updated: Fri, 06/15/2018 - 7:47am



  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or chopped walnuts
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 8 slices bread of choice
  • 16 provolone cheese slices
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar roasted red peppers
  • 3-4 cups spinach leaves, washed and dried
  • Safflower oil
  1. Process all Pesto ingredients in a food processor until combined well.
  2. Spread pesto on 4 slices of bread. Layer each with 2 slices of cheese, peppers and spinach.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Top with bread slices.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil.
  6. Place panini in skillet and use a heavy sauce pan to weigh it down.
  7. Once panini is golden brown on one side, flip and repeat the process.
  8. Serve immediately or wrap to take on a lovely picnic. Enjoy!