If you’re a bit of a food cheapskate like me, you probably skip right over panini on a menu. They’re undeniably delicious, but they’re outrageously priced — $17 for a warmed deli-meat sandwich?!

You can make the exact same sandwiches at home — no exaggeration. You might spend the same amount on ingredients, but you’ll be able to make enough sandwiches to feed your whole family, or yourself for a week.

Try this recipe for a warm, cheesy turkey and cheese panini with pesto. The pesto mayo and fresh baked bread make it taste like it came from one of those overpriced fancy sandwich shops, but you’ll be eater fresher and healthier, and of course, saving yourself some cash in the process.

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Turkey and cheese, pesto panini


  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp basil pesto
  • 4 slices of bakery bread, thin sliced (Sourdough is my favorite for this recipe)
  • 8 ounces cooked, shaved turkey breast
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 slices tomato, thick cut, salted and peppered


  1. Preheat panini maker or nonstick skillet to a medium heat level.
  2. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and pesto. Stir until combined.
  3. Spread mayonnaise mixture on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Take two slices of bread and top with tomato slices, turkey breast, provolone slice. Top with remaining slice of bread.
  5. Add sandwiches to heated panini maker and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and cheese has melted.

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Also see, Zucchini Panini with corn and goat cheese.

For ingredients and cooking supplies, everybodyshops.com

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.