In our house, pesto has as many, if not more, uses then tomato sauce. I’ve started to keep pesto in the fridge at all times because of it’s versatility and the fact that my kids love it. Not only is it great as a sauce for pasta, it’s also a great spread for sandwiches, like these cheesy bagel paninis. It’s sort of like a grilled cheese, updated with a little extra zip.

When I’m short on time, but still want a school lunch with tons of flavor, these cheesy bagel paninis are a sure fire hit with my gang!


Bagel Pesto Panini

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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 Mini Bagels
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzarella, shredded
  • 4 Tsp pesto


  • Cut bagels in half.
  • Spread 1 teaspoon of pesto on one half and top with 1 tbsp of cheese.
  • Top with remaining bagel half and put in a panini press for 1 minute or if you don’t have a panini press, place in a dry skillet and press down with a spatula until it forms a ‘panini’ and is heated through.
  • Serve.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Oh my goodness, that looks soooo good! YUMO!And I loved the pics from your last post! What a leolvy garden! I too, love to move things around and “play house”! It’s the only way I enjoy cleaning, when I can rearrange and redecorate as I clean!

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  3. yummm – I just made the pizza cups (from Facebook) for lunch Tuesday, I now know what she is having for lunch Thursday!

  4. My Panini press is the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time! Thanks for this recipe.

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