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Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

April is National Grilled Cheese Month which makes it pretty much the best month ever. Well, tomorrow is even more special because it is National Grilled Cheese Day. I love a good traditional grilled cheese sandwich, but I also like fancying them up a bit. My all time favorite is my Guacamole Grilled Cheese, but my latest obsession is this Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich. If you are looking for a special sandwich to celebrate this fine day or month, you can count on this grilled cheese. It does not disappoint.

I made this sandwich yesterday for lunch because I was in the mood for comfort food. Caleb came down with a nasty cold on Sunday and we had to take him to the doctor on Monday. Luckily, he is fine and it’s just a bad cold, but I hate that he is sick. He’s fighting a fever, cough, and  hoarse voice. The only good part is that he loves snuggling again. I love my Caleb snuggles.

Since I can’t feed Caleb comfort food while he is sick I figured it was ok for mama to indulge. This Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese is just what the doctor ordered. The outside of the sandwich has a salty Parmesan cheese crust, while the inside is filled with mozzarella cheese and basil pesto. I used this pesto recipe, I had some in the freezer, but store-bought pesto is fine too.

A grilled cheese sandwich with cheese in the middle and on the outside is all kinds of awesome! And the basil pesto gives the sandwich loads of flavor. Make this Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day or National Grilled Cheese Month. I might have to have this sandwich every day until May.

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Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

The salty Parmesan crust takes this gourmet pesto grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!


2 slices ciabatta or French bread
1 tablespoon soft butter, for brushing the bread
2 slices mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (I use my Microplane)


1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.

2. Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Spread basil pesto on the inside of each slice of bread. Place the mozzarella cheese slices on top of one piece of bread. Top with the other slice of bread. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese on the outside of one side of the sandwich.

3. Place the sandwich, cheese side down, on the hot pan. Grill for 2 minutes or until Parmesan cheese is crusted and golden brown. Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese on the outside of the other side of the sandwich. Cook until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2 more minutes. Serve immediately.

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179 Responses to “Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

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  1. Blog is the New Black — April 11, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    I LOVE this idea, as I adore pesto!

  2. Kathryn — April 11, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    So sorry to hear that poor Caleb is sick, I hope he’s filling a bit better today. This sandwich looks like the ultimate comfort food, love the double cheese!

  3. Heather @ Heater's Dish — April 11, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Um, as usual you’re a genius :)

  4. Erica — April 11, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    It is so hard to see the peanuts get sick :( Hope Caleb gets better FAST! Pesto with grilled cheese? What a great idea

  5. Now this is a pretty grilled cheese. Love it!

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 11, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    I had no idea this was grilled cheese month… must start celebrating with your creations stat!

  7. antique engagement rings — April 11, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Looks fantastic.. loving pesto!

  8. Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 11, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I love this grilled cheese. One of my favorite ways to make it is this way. Seeing this has me in the mood for it today. This looks sooo good! :)

  9. Kim in MD — April 11, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Oh my gosh, this is seriously drool worthy this morning! I’m sorry to hear that Caleb is sick. I hope he feels better soon!

  10. CJ - Food Stories Blog — April 11, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Great modification to an American classic.

  11. Blond Duck — April 11, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Sounds wonderful!

  12. Tanya Schroeder — April 11, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Yum! Peso is one of the most perfect foods. I can eat it by the spoonful. Great sandwich!

  13. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 11, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I want this sandwich in a bad way!

  14. Jenny Flake — April 11, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Oooo, love your grilled cheese!! I could eat this right now for breakfast :) xoxo

  15. Sarah @ See Sarah Bake — April 11, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    This sandwich just kept getting better and better. Parmesan crusted? I’m in. Pesto? Get me one now. Grilled Cheese? Why oh why do I not have a panini press at work?? I see many of these in my future.

  16. Feel better soon, sweet Caleb!

    And, this sandwich looks awesome, Maria!

  17. Alessandra — April 11, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    This looks real yummy, another great recipe added to the list to try, thanks for sharing:)

  18. Julie @ Table for Two — April 11, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    this looks so mouth-watering delicious!! I loooove pesto! great combination :)

  19. I am so drooling over this sandwich. It’s wonderful! Yum!!!

  20. This looks yummy! I have recently been enjoying outside-the-box grilled cheese sandwiches with much success! I’ll have to add this one to my list to try! Congratulations on the book as well! It’s exciting to see all the bloggers I have been following for a while have successes like publishing books!!

  21. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — April 11, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Glad you posted about Grilled Cheese Month. I’ll have to whip up one of these sandwiches to celebrate. Hope Caleb is better soon.

  22. Mi Vida en un Dulce — April 11, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    OK, I just arrive at the office. Mornings are a little bit crazy, you will notice that when Caleb starts going to school, anyway, my breakfast was very fast today. Now, looking at my computer, looking at your picture, my mouth start melting and my stomach is making that terrible sound. I have to try this sandwich at home

  23. Erin — April 11, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Wow that looks beyond good.

  24. Lauren — April 11, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    I saw the first picture and literally said out loud “whoa”.

  25. Maggy — April 11, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I’m salivating! Looks so delicious :)

  26. Emilie — April 11, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Looks delicious Maria! Hope Caleb feels better!

  27. Margarita — April 11, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    I love comfort foods like this… It fills my belly and my heart. Hope Caleb feels better soon!

  28. Krista — April 11, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    This is pure indulgence and perfect for when a little guy is sick. It’s ready in minutes so you can tend to him. I feel so bad for Caleb…I hope he gets better soon! I’m thinking one of these sandwiches is in order today!

  29. Jill — April 11, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    This looks divine! I want it. Now!

  30. vanillasugarblog — April 11, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    love the crust!

  31. Mara @ Elemental Custard — April 11, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    This looks delicious, anything with pesto is excellent in my books!

  32. Shaina — April 11, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    One of my favorite sides is essentially this sandwich served as cheesy bread. There is nothing better than fresh pesto.

  33. Cookbook Queen — April 11, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    This sandwich is like the boss of all the other Grilled Cheeses. I LOVE it!!

    So sorry to hear about little Caleb…sick babies are truly the worst. Jon David would never let me out of his sight!! Poor Jess would have to sleep on the couch so Jon david could sleep with me. It doesn’t get much better as they get older.

  34. Naomi — April 11, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    I agree this has got to be one of the best months. I’m all about joining the celebration! This looks perfect for lunch or dinner

  35. Sounds and looks wonderfully delicious!

  36. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 11, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    You always make the best and gooiest sandwiches! Love them all!

  37. marla — April 11, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    LOVE pesto + cheese. Dreamy combo :)

  38. JulieD — April 11, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    This looks amazing! I love adding pesto and making a grilled cheese. Yummy…now I’m hungry!

  39. Nothing like a gourmet grilled cheese! This looks fantastic! 😀

  40. Amanda — April 11, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    This makes me so happy. :)

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