Pesto Grilled Cheese

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Last week I caught wind that The Grilled Cheeserie, one of Nashville’s most popular food trucks, is celebrating April as National Grilled Cheese MONTH. That’s a bandwagon that I’m more than happy to jump on!

Every time I have a grilled cheese I think “I reallllly need more grilled cheeses in my life!”. This sandwich is an ode to more melty and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches for all.

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I feel kind of silly even telling you how to make a grilled cheese because it’s pretty much just 1) throw all the things between 2 slices of good white bread 2) grill the cheese sandwich in a skillet full of butter on low heat 3) EAT! But, because I can’t control myself, I have a gif of the process for you :D


This recipe is a slight adaptation of THIS Green Goddess Grilled Cheese from Tastespotting. I used a regular ole pesto recipe similar to this one from the Kitchn.

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I was pleasantly surprised how FREAKING amazing this grilled cheese is! Like, I want to eat it every single day amazing.

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Instead of spinach, I used watercress and arugula which have become staples in my kitchen over the past month. No regrets there.

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What’s your favorite grilled cheese combo??? I have exactly 3 weeks left in national grilled cheese month and I plan to make the most of it! :)


Pesto Grilled Cheese

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1 tablespoon of pesto
  • 1 slice of provolone cheese, cut to fit size of bread
  • 12 tablespoons of goat cheese
  • small handful of watercress
  • small handful of arugula
  • 1/4 of an avocado, thinly sliced
  • 12 tablespoons of butter


  1. Spread the pesto on one side of the bread.
  2. Top with provolone, then the watercress and arugula, and then the goat cheese. Top with a few slices of avocado.
  3. Close the sandwich and press firmly on the top.
  4. In a medium skillet, heat about 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat until just melted.
  5. Place your sandwich in the skillet and spread remaining butter over top of the sandwich.
  6. Cook on each side for about 5-6 minutes on a low heat or until each side is a nice crispy golden brown.
  7. ENJOY!!


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21 comments on “Pesto Grilled Cheese”

  1. I love Pesto grilled cheeses, but I’ve never added goat cheese, watercress or arugula! I’ll definitely have to try that next time!

  2. I’ve never had pesto before. I have been wanting to try it. Looks so yummy.

  3. Omg, this looks delicious!!! Definitely adding this to my meal ideas for this week!

  4. I haven’t eaten yet today and now I really want this. Too bad I can’t right now but I will eat it later. Pinned!

  5. Your images are gorgeous, and I am embarrassed to admit, I have never tried pesto… this sounds delish!

    • Thank you!! I honestly had never tried pesto until just a few years ago when I started growing basil and I needed something to do with all of it. It’s SO good though!

  6. This looks so yummy. I just bought some pesto, so I’ll have to try!

  7. I’m practically drooling over my keyboard right now…all that cheesy, pesto-y, avocado-y goodness! Want.

  8. Making me drool. I love a great grilled cheese. What a yummy twist on a classic.

  9. This looks AMAZING OMG!!! I am totally making this. What a awesome twist on the original grilled cheese. Literally drooling over the screen. YUMMY!!!

  10. That looks really good – 3 of my favourite things in a toasted sandwaich, what could be bad!

  11. This is one of my favorites! Love love love this!

  12. Can’t go wrong with this!

  13. You had me at grilled cheese. Love this, can’t wait to try it!

  14. love it! and love the animation!

  15. This looks good! I haven’t made a gilled cheese with goat cheese… Probably ever? Gotta correct that immediately. I can’t wait to make this sandwich!