Pesto Meatball Panini

 

It’s like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it’s what’s for dinner!

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It's like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it's what's for dinner! Italian sausage

 

One of the first paninis Cade and I ever enjoyed was a chicken pesto and it was pretty much bomb.com. Since then we’ve posted a few paninis but they were all from years and years ago, in other words really bad pictures. There’s the chicken pesto, peppered turkey pesto, and prosciutto and pear panini, but everything was pretty much basic. I wanted to have a little fun with friends before baby arrived so back in October we had a panini party and let our friends build killer paninis. It was so much fun and even more delicious! I made this pesto meatball panini and oh my heavens, I may have to ditch my chicken pesto forever. It’s like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and chicken pesto panini! And it’s taken over our pizza night, now we do build your own panini bar and often invite friends!

 

It's like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it's what's for dinner! Italian sausage

 

Ok, maybe not forever, but why haven’t I tried mashing up more flavors before? Pesto is awesome of course, but just wait until you add some saucy meatballs, gooey cheese, pesto butter and then grill the whole sucker together. You guys, it’s awesome!

It's like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it's what's for dinner! Italian sausage

 

We’ve all become obsessed with taking favorite classic recipes and making simple swaps with the meat like we did with our Sausage Alfredo Pasta in our last Johnsonville post.

It's like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it's what's for dinner! Italian sausage

 

For this recipe I just grabbed Johnsonville meatballs from our local store’s freezer section and some I left plain while others I tossed in a simple marinara sauce.

 

It's like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it's what's for dinner! Italian sausage

 

Then we stirred together butter and pesto for the outside of the sandwich, added a smear of fresh pesto on the inside, stacked it with cheese and took those saucy meatballs you normally find on a classic meatball sub and put it on our normally chicken pesto panini!

 

We loved the meatballs instead of chicken and cannot wait to try even more versions like a meatball french dip, meatball noodle soup (back it up chicken, there’s a new guy in town!) and so much more!

 

It's like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it's what's for dinner! Italian sausage

Pesto Meatball Panini

Pesto Meatball Panini

It’s like a mashup between your favorite meatball sub and that classic chicken panini- the pesto meatball panini and it’s what’s for dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Slices Italian Sourdough Bread
  • 1/2 Cup Pesto
  • 1 Jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 Clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 Bag Johnsonville Meatballs
  • 12 Slices Mozzarella Cheese

For the Pesto Butter

  • 1/3 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1/4 Cup Pesto

Directions:

  1. In a deep skillet, over medium heat, add the marinara, fresh basil, garlic and parmesan cheese.
  2. Add the meatballs and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat to low and place a lid on top.
  4. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Heat a panini grill or regular pan to medium high.
  6. Spread pesto on the top and bottom layers of bread.
  7. Slice the meatballs in half so they don’t roll out of the sandwich.
  8. Place mozzarella cheese on the two slices of pesto bread.
  9. Spoon about 6 meatballs halves and sauce onto the bottom piece of bread and close the lid, pesto side down.
  10. Spread the top and bottom of the sandwich with pesto butter and grill until golden.

For the butter

  1. Mix the pesto and butter until smooth.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 3 sandwiches, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 2181 Calories
  • Total Fat: 134.6g
  • Cholesterol: 206.3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 172g
  • Fiber: 13.4g
  • Sugar: 27.8g
  • Protein: 78.2g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.
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