I’m like Liz Lemon from 30 Rock when it comes to sandwiches. Especially astoundingly delicious sandwiches that have melted cheese, and cheesy pesto, and tomatoes.
It’s a like a bit of an oasis.
“All humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” Tina Fey/Liz Lemon
You know that’s right.
And I also have a real hard time buying a sandwich, because they’re just so dang expensive. I get it – you’re paying for the convenience – but I don’t love it. So whenever I pop in somewhere and eat a sandwich I love, I try to recreate it at home so I don’t have to go back for the same taste.
(And that’s especially true of Starbucks, which is so expensive!)
So when you’re pulling out your panini press, reaching over to the wall for two cast iron skillets, or preheating the oven on high heat to make this recipe, just know you’re on the road to pure, unadulterated, bliss.
And it’s a toasty bit of bliss at that.
Starbucks tomato mozzarella panini ingredients
The ingredients are simple and should be easy to find at just about any grocery store.
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup prepared basil pesto
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella
- 4 ciabatta rolls, halved
Starbucks tomato mozzarella panini recipe notes
You don’t have to use ciabatta rolls. They’re the closest to Starbucks, but you can have a perfectly good sandwich using any hearty roll or rustic bread that you have on hand. The main thing is that you need bread that can hold up to being slathered in delicious basil pesto, gooey cheese, and going into a panini press, being pressed under a cast iron skillet, or going into a 425 degree oven. Sourdough would also be a fabulous choice!
If you’re pressed for time (see what I did there, pressed? Anyway…), you can definitely roast the tomatoes ahead of time! Because the sandwich is going to be served hot, the tomatoes are going to be nice and warmed through by the time you sit down to eat.
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Starbucks Copycat Tomato Mozzarella Panini
This copycat Starbucks tomato mozzarella panini recipe will melt in your mouth and disappear off of the plate!
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: Cooking time 6 minutes (panini press/stovetop) Cooking time oven 8 minutes
- Total Time: 31 minutes-33 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup prepared basil pesto
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
4 ciabatta rolls, halved
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Fit a large, rimmed sheet pan with parchment.
Toss the tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Roast for 20 minutes, or until tomatoes have burst. Reserve.
Brush inside of rolls with pesto, top with mozzarella, and tomatoes.
Panini Instructions: Grill the sandwich in a panini press, set to 400 degrees for 3 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is browned. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
Stovetop Instructions: Preheat a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Place the sandwich in the hot pan, and top with a smaller heavy skillet. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
Cook for 3 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is browned.
Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Line a large, rimmed sheet pan with parchment.
Bake the sandwiches open faced until the cheese is melted, approximately 7-8 minutes.
Assemble the sandwich, cut in half and serve.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 330
- Sugar: 2.4g
- Sodium: 1265mg
- Fat: 15.5g
- Saturated Fat: 6.5g
- Carbohydrates: 26.5g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Protein: 20g
- Cholesterol: 30mg