Easy Turkey Pesto Paninis

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These Easy Turkey Pesto Paninis are (you guessed it) easy to make, bursting with flavor and perfect for weeknight dinners because they come together so quickly! I’m confident that your whole family will love them, picky eaters included!

When my husband first tried these, he may have described them as “really f*c$ing good”. Excuse his French, but I mean…. that’s how you know. ; )

easy turkey pesto paninis

If you want more easy sandwich ideas, check out my Spicy Turkey Avocado Paninis here.

ingredients needed for turkey pesto paninis

One of the best things about this recipe is that it requires minimal ingredients, and nothing crazy! Here is all you need to pull these together quickly:

  • 100% whole grain bread
  • Deli turkey
  • Provolone cheese (or cheese of choice)
  • Pre-made pesto sauce
  • Tomatoes
  • Black pepper & Italian seasoning
easy turkey pesto paninis - ingredients
easy turkey pesto paninis - step by step

what equipment do i need to make paninis?

We personally use our George Foreman grill whenever we make paninis! It works like a charm and it has removable plates that are dishwasher-safe, which is a game changer. Makes it so easy!

You can of course use a panini press or if you don’t have either of those, you can cook your sandwich in a medium-sized skillet on the stovetop, and flip manually!

easy turkey pesto paninis, plated

Click below for the George Foreman grill that we have. (The price is shows there is not correct!)

what kind of bread do you use for panini sandwiches?

If you have followed me for any length of time, then you know that I do the majority of our grocery shopping at ALDI. Check out any of my grocery haul photos on my IG feed and you will probably see the green Seedtastic bread packaging, because it’s our absolute favorite!

It’s 100% whole grain, hearty and delicious. It is perfect for grilled cheese and paninis like these! I also love to use it just for toast at breakfast with peanut butter or homemade jam.

easy turkey pesto paninis

what to serve with these easy turkey pesto paninis

If you want to just go with good ol’ chips on the side of your sandwich, that totally works. But if you’re wanting some other ideas, here are a few!

Easy Turkey Pesto Paninis

Shanna Hutcheson
Easy Turkey Pesto Paninis are delicious, good for you, quick to whip up for a weeknight dinner and kid-friendly!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 serving
Calories 382 kcal


  • George Foreman grill
  • Panini press


  • 4 slices 100% whole grain bread
  • 6 oz turkey oven-roasted, deli
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 slices tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp pesto
  • Black pepper fresh cracked, to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste


  • Preheat your George Foreman grill or panini press to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (or skillet over medium heat if you are cooking on stovetop). Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Assemble each sandwich with the following:
    -2 slices of whole grain bread
    -2 slices or roughly 3 oz of deli turkey
    -1 slice of provolone
    -1-2 tomato slices
    -Spread 1.5 Tbsp pesto on one half
    -Sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper and Italian seasoning, to taste
  • Close your sandwich and place on grill/panini press. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until browned and reaches desired doneness and cheese is melted inside.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 26gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 670mgPotassium: 364mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 880IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy weeknight dinner, family friendly, healthy lunch, healthy recipe, kid friendly, turkey pesto paninis
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easy turkey pesto paninis

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of these Easy Turkey Pesto Paninis! Be sure to tag me on IG @wellnessforthewin if you give them a try, and share this recipe on Pinterest!



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  1. 5 stars
    These look delicious! I’m curious, did you eat this while pregnant? I’ve read a lot about avoiding deli meat while pregnant which is hard as I love sandwiches; however, after seeing this post, I’m getting excited that I may not have to wait to try this recipe. Would you mind providing your thoughts?

    1. Hi there! The risk of listeria from deli meat is actually pretty low (comparable to food borne illness from other foods we buy at the store, like romaine lettuce), especially if you purchase it from a reputable place, such as a grocery store, rather than a gas station, and eat it within the first few days after purchasing. You can heat up your deli meat until it is steaming to kill any potential bacteria — 15-30 seconds in the microwave. Of course always talk to your doctor and do what you feel comfortable with! I hope this helps. : )

  2. 5 stars
    YUM and easy! Perfect for those nights where you don’t really want to cook! And as someone who doesn’t love tomatoes, always looking for non threatening ways to incorporate them and this was perfect!

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