Last week I made a delicious Pesto Sauce Recipe. It’s such an easy sauce to mix in with some pasta that it makes a simple Easy Weeknight Dinner. However, there’s only so many times you can have pasta before you are in the mood for something different. So I’m bringing you an alternate Easy Weeknight Dinner recipe to use up some of that batch of pesto sauce!

Pesto Grilled Cheese cover

This recipe was sort of inspired by a local restaurant’s “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” sandwich. In that sandwich they used bacon, tomato, and cheddar cheese in a Parmesan crusted bread. This is a variation on that theme. We are making a Pesto Grown Up Grilled Cheese! It’s so simple and easy once you’ve got the pesto made, there’s really nothing to it!


2 slices of bread per sandwich you’d like to make. We made four sandwiches so needed eight slices of bread.

sandwich bread

Butter or Margarine to spread on the bread

Pesto Sauce

Mozzarella cheese, sliced

Sliced tomato


Cooked bacon (2-3 slices per sandwich)

Check out how easy this is. If you can make a grilled cheese, you can make this!


  1. Butter each slice of bread on one side

  1. Spread a thin layer of pesto sauce on the other side of each piece of bread

butter and pesto

  1. Layer the other ingredients on top of the pesto: mozzarella, then tomatoes, then bacon.

pesto grilled cheese toppings

  1. Top the sandwich with another slice of prepared bread.

  1. In a hot frying pan or griddle, toast your sandwich until the cheese is beginning to melt and the bread is golden brown.

  1. Flip the sandwich carefully and toast the other side until it is golden.

grilled cheese griddle

  1. Cut in half (or don’t, it’s your sandwich) and serve!

delicious sandwich

It’s super simple and amazingly delicious! Don’t forget to check out the Presto Pesto recipe which is also so easy and is perfect for this sandwich.

Southern Carolina Family