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 Β 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.

Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The salty Parmesan crust takes this gourmet pesto grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
1 sandwich


  • 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.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Whoa. That looks A-mazing, Maria! And I love that you are eating comfort food *for* Caleb. πŸ˜‰ Good mom.

    So sorry that he’s sick…that is the worst! I swear, I had kiddo’s pediatrician on speed dial. And, it never fails that the are worse on weekends and holidays. Always.

    Hopes he’s feeling better soon! Enjoy those snuggles! πŸ™‚

  2. I pinned this to Pinterest this morning while I was waiting at my doctor’s office. Within 15 minutes I got an email saying 11 had repinned it and one liked it. πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Looks scrumptious Maria~
    LOVE a good grilled cheese!
    Just subscribed!
    Where have I been? πŸ˜‰
    Enjoying getting to know you and your adorable Caleb through Instagram.

  4. Sick babies are the very worst. I feel so sad for them, and there is no sleep for a mama. I hope he feels better soon. I bet this sandwich helped do the trick for you πŸ™‚ looks so good with that melty cheese!

  5. This looks delicious!!! I love the Parmesan crust! I always pick the cheese crunchies put of the pan! I’ll be making this soon!

  6. Adding pesto to my grilled cheese has been a favorite for years but that parm crust is definitely the icing on the cake! Hope Caleb is feeling better!

  7. Pesto and melted cheese? 2 things i just may live to eat. πŸ™‚ Sounds great! I don’t know why I never thought to put 2 of my favorite things together?! Thanks for Sharing!!!!

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