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Turkey Panini with Pesto – Packed Lunch Option!

turkey panini with a side of fruit

Transform four simple ingredients into a flavor-packed turkey panini. It’s the perfect meal for busy nights when you’ve been on the go, or when you’re serving dinner on the tailgate of a truck!

This easy recipe is one of my quick meal go-to’s and these turkey panini are about as simple as you can get.

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Even better, they can be grilled ahead of time, eaten at room temperature and they’ll beat a boring sandwich any day of the week.

Try packing one in your lunch and you’ll see what I mean.

turkey panini with pesto, provolone and a side of berries

Only four ingredients are required – store-bought pesto, ciabatta rolls, turkey, and provolone cheese.

Variation: If you’re not a fan of provolone, use whatever cheese you like on your panini sandwich – cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella. You get the idea.

Spread about a tablespoon of pesto on the top of your roll. Add deli turkey, then a slice of cheese. Top with the other roll half and cook on your stovetop.

You don’t need a fancy panini sandwich maker for this delicious creation, either!

I use a grill pan with a weighted press , but you can even weigh the panini down with a pan and something heavy on top, like canned tomatoes! 

turkey panini

Cook over medium heat until cheese is nice and gooey and the outside is toasty!!

This is great right off the grill or cooled and packed in a lunchbox!

Want other recipes you’ll love that can be made ahead of time? Check out my Easy Lasagna Cups, Chicken Avocado BLT Wrap and my Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Made with love,


Yield: 4 servings

Turkey, Provolone & Pesto Panini

turkey panini with a side of fruit

Transform simple ingredients into a flavor-packed turkey panini!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  • 4 T. store bought pesto
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 3/4 lb deli turkey, sliced


  1. Preheat grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Spread about a tablespoon of pesto on one-half of your roll. Add deli turkey, then a slice of cheese. 
  2. Top with the other roll half and cook in grill pan, using a weight or another pan to make into a panini. 
  3. Cook until cheese begins to melt and outside begins to become toasted and crusty. Cut into half and serve.


These can be preassembled and refrigerated ahead of time. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 369Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 6gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 63mgSodium 1449mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 27g

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    Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
    January 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Yummy! No reason to wait for the Big Game – I’m going to make these alongside soup this week! Thanks for sharing on the #Celebrate365 Blog Party.

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    A Kansas Farm Mom
    January 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for stopping by the #Celebrate365 blog party! These look delicious!

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