Turkey Pesto Ciao Panini

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


I just got a panini press last week & have been obsessed with making paninis! This is what I did for tonight & it was delish, so I am sharing. If you don't have a panini press, just wrap the bread loaf in foil & bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes & then slice to your desire.
Serve this with your Italian dressing or balsamic & oil for dipping.
Sorry for the sloppy pix, but my son was yelling he was hungry, & I didn't have time to clean up the drizzles & crumbs, etc., as I was cooking. :)


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
10 Min


  • 1/2 lb
    sliced turkey (or less), i like mesquite or smoked
  • 20
    slices pepperoni
  • 6
    slices of provolone or other cheese
  • ·
    few sprigs of fresh basil
  • 1
    loaf italian bread or other crusty bread (try to get one that fits your panini press)
  • 1/2 jar(s)
    roasted red peppers - sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2
    onion - sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • ·
    fresh mushrooms - sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • ·
    italian dressing or your own balsamic & oil
  • ·
    pesto (about 1/4-1/2 cup)

How to Make Turkey Pesto Ciao Panini


  1. Slice the onions, mushrooms & red peppers. Get the onions on sautee. I like to add some balsamic & vinegar dressing as I'm sauteeing them. Let them cook a bit.
  2. Slice your sourdough bread lengthwise in half. Brush your Italian dressing or homemade balsamic & oil on the outer sides of bread. Let stand a few minutes.
  3. After the onions are to your liking, add the mushrooms & get them nice & soft. Add your red peppers, stir, then add some minced garlic & a few diced basil leaves. Stir as needed.
  4. Meanwhile, turn your bread over to the inside. I scooped some of the filling out, but be careful to leave enough in there so the sandwich doesn't poke through. Brush one side of the bread with pesto. Begin layering... Then layer turkey slices...
  5. ..then the cheese....
  6. ...then the pepperoni....
  7. & add the sauteed veggies to the other bread slice. Carefully put these one of top of another. Cut in half like a sub.
  8. Put this on your press & cook away. As it was getting a bit softer, I continued to press down on the handle every so often.
  9. When it's done, remove & let sit for a few minutes for easier cutting, & slice however you wish. I sliced vertically so that no one was just getting the ends as their sandwich. :)
  10. Top with more dressing or balsamic/oil or serve with little cups for dipping. I like tons of oil on my sandwiches -- my son does not, so I like the individual bowls of dressing.

Printable Recipe Card

About Turkey Pesto Ciao Panini

Show 6 Comments & Reviews

15 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas

15 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas

Is your goal for the year to eat healthier? We’re here to help. These healthy meal prep recipes will make sticking to your diet easier than ever. Not only is meal prepping proven to help you eat healthier, but these nutritious meals are also delicious and sure to cure your cravings.

16 Quick-Fix Winter Dinner Ideas

16 Quick-Fix Winter Dinner Ideas

Dinners in under 60 minutes! For those nights where you need to get dinner on the family ASAP, these quick-fix dinners are here to help. Who says that homemade delicious meals require hours to make? These yummy, family-friendly dinners only need an hour from start to finish. Scroll down for classic recipes, new dinner ideas, […]

27 Stuffed Food Recipes

27 Stuffed Food Recipes

From appetizers to meat and baked treats, stuffed recipes are fun. Stuffed peppers are always a winner but other dishes can be stuffed too. Crescent dough can be stuffed with pretty much anything. Turn a basic chicken breast into something special by stuffing it with cheese and bacon. Stuffed shells are traditionally Italian but give […]