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Turkey Pesto Panini – Starbucks Copycat

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.

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.

When I set out making this recipe, it was sheer luck that I had all the ingredients on hand. Only later did people tell me it reminded them of Starbucks turkey pesto panini.

One difference between mine and Starbuck’s is that theirs uses roasted red peppers. I could use them too, but then one of my farmers won’t touch the sandwich.

So I leave ’em off….And the best part is you don’t have to leave home for this turkey pesto sandwich!

turkey panini with pesto, provolone and a side of berries

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

The best part?? You don’t even need a fancy panini press!

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.

How to make a turkey panini

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 of the bread is toasty!!

These turkey pesto paninis are 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!

I hope you’ll try my turkey pesto ciabatta sandwich recipe and leave a review below!

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!

I hope you’ll try my turkey pesto ciabatta sandwich recipe and leave a review below!

Other turkey panini recipes:

Yield: 4 servings

Turkey Pesto Panini

turkey panini with a side of fruit

Transform simple ingredients into a flavor-packed turkey and pesto panini!

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

These can be preassembled and refrigerated ahead of time. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1749mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 28g

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