Bagel Pesto Panini

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!


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Bagel Pesto Panini (Makes 4 Paninis)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

nut free


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


1. Cut bagels in half.
2. Spread 1 teaspoon of pesto on one half and top with 1 tbsp of cheese.
3. 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.
4. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. 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.