Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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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

The salty Parmesan crust takes this gourmet pesto grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!
4.50 from 2 votes



  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • 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.
  • 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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  1. This looks amazing. I am always coming up with new grilled cheese combinations at home. My fiancee is obsessed with them! I love using crusting Italian bread to make them. This looks delicious! I will absolutely be trying this one out! 🙂

  2. This looks amazingly yummy! Hubby loves grilled cheese and I can’t wait to try this for him.:)

  3. This looks amazing! Whenever we make pesto we end up with extra. . .this will definitely be on my list for next time that happens!

  4. April was “National Grilled Cheese” month??? I can’t believe I missed the boat. This sandwich touches my soul. I mean…would you trust anyone who wouldn’t love this sandwich? Great recipe – and great site!

  5. Made this tonight!! Love it! I will be posting it as part of a challenge and will be linking to your site :):) (On May 7th)

  6. HEAVEN between two slices of bread! Gotta make this soon; it reminds me so much of the grilled cheese sandwiches I used to buy from a non-profit student organization at my college! Now i can relive the good days. 🙂

  7. Thank you Thank You thank you!!! I just made this for dinner and it was amazingly good. So full of flavor. It lookedo good my roommate saw mine and made one for herself. I will definitely be making this again.

  8. made this last night with wonderful pesto, fresh mozz, and a huge fresh, crusty boule bread. burned 3 fingers on my right hand transferring the sandwich to the plate for my boyfriend but MAN was it worth it.

  9. I made this for dinner the other day along with a tomato & balsamic vinegar soup, and it was a big hit in my house 😀

  10. I am always on the lookout for new recipes and foodie blogs. Well I know your recipe and blog are not new, but I saw this on Pinterest. It sounds fabulous and can’t wait to try it!

  11. This looks amazing! I’ve been trying to think of some panini ideas with french bread and this looks like something I’ll be trying VERY SOON! Love pesto, and cheese of any kind. Looks Greattttt!

  12. by far the BEST grilled cheese i’ve tried. i made the pesto using fresh basil from my garden and oh my god was it delicious. seriously, an awesome sandwich. thanks for sharing!

  13. This was a huge hit with all 10 of the people I had over for dinner last night. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  14. Ermahgerd, I just found out that National Grilled Cheese Day is on MAH BIRTHDAY!!!! I will most definitely be celebrating!

  15. Made this tonight & it was awesome! Loved the addition of Parmesan on the toast. Mmm dipped so perfectly into homemade tomato soup. Will be making again.

  16. I adore anything with pesto, and these were perfect! To give it a little something else, I added some grilled chicken into the sandwich before cooking it, and it turned out fabulous! Thank you for this, will be making them again very soon!

  17. My family won’t even try this type of thing. I found myself with an empty house for three glorious days. Last nights dinner was this sandwich! I did add tomatoes to half (wanted to try with and without). It was wonderful both ways!

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  19. Pesto and cheese, just the perfect combination! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. My friends are paying me a visit and this will be a perfect snack to serve them! Aside from being very appetizing, this sandwich is also easy to prepare. Thank you again for sharing this post!

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