Grilled Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwich aka “The Special” is a family favorite grilled cheese in our home. Pesto + mozzarella = delicious!

I first made this a few years ago while my best friend and her son Vito were over our kids fell in LOVE with it!

As we were sitting at the table eating, I said out loud that this sandwich needs a name! Vito looked at me and said ever so nonchalant “how about The Special?” And from that moment that is what we call it. I think it fits because it’s pretty darn special alright.


They were over today visiting and I whipped these up, camera in hand, super fast and took the post pictures as I went. They brought sliced, fresh yellow and orange peppers with them which went great! So here’s to you Vito for coming up with a perfect name for this awesome grilled cheese!

Ingredients for Grilled Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwich

Here is all you need to make these simple yummy sandwiches; Sourdough or if you can find it try English Muffin Bread, salted Butter, Pesto and fresh Mozzarella.

butter bread

Thinly spread the butter on one side of each piece of bread and heat up your pan.

slice fresh mozzarella

Thinly slice up your fresh mozzarella. You may have some left over mozzarella but that is meant for snacking on!

fresh mozzarella

When your pan is preheated lay down the first slice of bread {butter side down} and top with the fresh mozzarella.

pesto and mozzarella

Next spread a tablespoon of the pesto on top of the mozzarella and place the next slice of bread {butter side up}.

grilling the Grilled Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwich

Flip when crispy and golden then repeat with the remaining sandwiches!

Cut in half and serve!

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Grilled Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwich

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Yield: 4 sandwiches

"The Special" Grilled Pesto & Mozzarella Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Pesto & Mozzarella Sandwich aka "The Special" is a family favorite grilled cheese in our home. What more could you ask for? Pesto + mozzarella = delicious!


  • 8 slices sourdough
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto, or use your favorite
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat your pan over medium low heat.
  • Spread evenly and thinly about a tablespoon of butter per (2) slice of bread.
  • Lay the bread {butter-side down} on to the preheated pan.
  • Layer Mozzarella and a tablespoon of pesto.
  • Top with the second slice of bread {butter-side} up.
  • Flip when nice and golden and repeat.
Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 688kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 1172mg, Potassium: 230mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 827IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 367mg, Iron: 5mg