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Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese

Author Allyson

Ingredients

Ingredients for Spinach Pesto:

  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS walnuts pine nuts, almonds would also work
  • 2 TBS freshly grated parmesan Cheese
  • pinch of Salt and Pepper

Ingredients for sandwiches:

  • 4 pieces of crusty bread I like sourdough
  • butter
  • 6 slices smoked gouda could do a mix of gouda and mozzarella too
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • prepared spinach pesto

Instructions

Directions for pesto:

  1. Add all ingredient for pesto (abovin a food processor or blender, blend until smooth, scraping sides down if needed. Set aside.

Directions for sandwiches:

  1. Set out 4 slices of bread and butter the outside facing sides. On the inside of the 4 slices, slather spinach pesto (about 2 TBS per side), then top with 2 slices of gouda on half. Add 1/4 cup baby spinach leaves, then place 1 piece of gouda on top, and place the remaining slice of bread on top (spinach pesto side down, butter side up). Repeat for second sandwich.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, place sandwiches and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until bottom is browned. Watch closely as you don't want to burn them, but you want the cheese to start melting. Do not turn the heat to high! Flip sandwiches and cook for 1-2 minutes on opposite side (will cook faster), remove, cut in half and serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

**See 1 minute how-to video for a visual explanation of making the sandwiches!

Makes 2 sandwiches. If you have leftover pesto, use for chicken, pasta, fish...it's delicious!