Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini: A Classic Italian-Inspired Lunch

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini

Craving something Italian with a gourmet touch that you can whip up in minutes? Look no further than the classic Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini. It’s a simple yet flavorful meal that’s perfect for your lunchtime needs. Fresh tomatoes, aromatic basil, and creamy mozzarella cheese come together between slices of crusty bread, all toasted to perfection. Let’s get started on making your new favorite sandwich.


  • 4 slices of sourdough or ciabatta bread
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)


  1. Heat your panini press or grill pan over medium heat.
  2. While the press is heating, assemble your sandwiches. Lay out the slices of bread and brush one side of each with olive oil. This side will be the outside of your panini.
  3. Flip two slices of bread over so the oiled side is down. On these, layer the mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, and basil leaves. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Top with the remaining bread slices with the oiled side up.
  5. Place the assembled sandwiches in the panini press or on the grill pan. If using a grill pan, apply some pressure with a spatula and flip the sandwich halfway through cooking to get those beautiful grill marks on both sides.
  6. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the bread is toasted and has nice grill marks, and the cheese is melted.
  7. Cut the sandwiches in half and, if desired, drizzle with balsamic glaze for a touch of sweetness and acidity.

There you have it—a classic Tomato Basil Mozzarella Panini that is as satisfying to make as it is to eat. Serve it with a side of mixed greens or soup for a complete meal. Buon appetito!

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