Easy Italian Panini to Transport You to the Cobbled Streets of Italy

Take a bite, close your eyes, and transport yourself to the sun-kissed cobbled streets of Tuscany with our Italian panini recipe, which packs so many classic Italian flavors into each and every mouthful.

Italian Panini Recipe

Italy is renowned worldwide for its food and ingredients, so to be able to bring so many beloved Italian flavors into one singular dish is something you can’t fail to get excited about!

Prepare to dive into a world of Mediterranean magic with our Italian panini recipe – breakfast, lunch, and even dinner may never be the same again.

Ingredients

If you’re rearing to assemble your Italian panini, you’ll need the following ingredients to begin with:

  • Panini Bread Rolls, 2
  • Italian Smoked Deli Meats (Smoked Prosciutto and Salami), 4 slices each
  • Mozzarella, 125 grams
  • Smoked cheese (Smoked Provola), 4 slices
  • Basil Pesto, 4 tbsp
  • Arugula, handful
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes, 6

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – As shown in the ingredients section (above), cut your panini in half, and assemble your ingredients on both slices.

Spread your basil pesto and place your sun-dried tomatoes on one half of your panini, and place your smoked cheese, mozzarella, and cold cuts, topped with arugula, on the other. We used fresh basil pesto in our panini, which gives it an incredible aroma and flavor.

Step 2 – Once your paninis are assembled, if you have one, place them in a panini press. Most paninis take around 5-7 minutes before they are ready to enjoy.

If you don’t have a panini press, however, you can place your paninis in a hot pan, as shown below, and press them with a heavy object, such as a large cooking pot.

As a general rule of thumb, keep your paninis pressed until you can see the cheese has melted, by which point they should be ready to serve and enjoy hot.

The beauty of this Italian panini recipe is that it brings so many classic Italian flavors and textures to the foray which each and every bite.

You’ve got the herbiness of the pesto, the saltiness and spice of the cold cuts and the parmesan in the pesto, the sumptuous softness of the Italian cheeses, and the peppery notes of the arugula.

Bound between two layers of crunchy panini bread, there is just so much magic to savor with every single mouthful.

A great way to serve these Italian paninis is by cutting them in half and stacking them on the plate.

Not only does this make them easier to eat, but it also allows you to appreciate all the textures and colors tightly packed between the top and bottom half of the panini. It truly is mouthwatering to lay eyes on!

Italian Panini Recipe Card

Italian Panini

Italian Panini

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Panini Bread Rolls, 2
  • Italian Smoked Deli Meats (Smoked Prosciutto and Salami), 4 slices each
  • Mozzarella, 125 grams
  • Smoked cheese (Smoked Provola), 4 slices
  • Basil Pesto, 4 tbsp
  • Arugula, handful
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes, 6

Instructions

    1. Assemble your ingredients on both slices of the panini bread roll.
    2. Spread your basil pesto and place your sun-dried tomatoes on one half of your panini, and place your smoked cheese, mozzarella, and cold cuts, topped with arugula, on the other. We used fresh basil pesto in our panini, which gives it an incredible aroma and flavor.
    3. Once your paninis are assembled, if you have one, place them in a panini press. Most paninis take around 5-7 minutes before they are ready to enjoy. If you don’t have a panini press, however, you can place your paninis in a hot pan and press them with a heavy object, such as a large cooking pot or another heavy pan. As a general rule of thumb, keep your paninis pressed until you can see the cheese has melted, by which point they should be ready to serve and enjoy hot.

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