Bell Pepper Pesto Melts

September 27, 2013

I’m not feeling well and had an all around bad day, so I’m going to get right to the point.  Remember the pesto from Wednesday?  This sandwich is one of the many delicious outcomes of that pesto.

Basil Pepper Pesto Melt

This recipe is verrrrrry simple and comes together quickly if you already have pesto on hand.  Sometimes, I use frozen bell pepper rings and make this recipe even quicker by avoiding cutting any veggies.  If you want a bulkier sandwich, you can hollow out the bread and add mushrooms, onions, and veggie (or regular) crumbled sausage.  Sky’s the limit.

Basil Pepper Pesto Melt

I used to make a sandwich very similar to this when I was in high school.  The idea was sparked from some sort of Weight Watcher recipe.  Ten years later, I can’t remember if it was from a cookbook or if a friend learned it at a meeting, or I would cite the original version.  All I know is it’s delicious and you should make it ASAP.

Bell Pepper Pesto Melts
Serves: 4

  • crusty bread of choice (I recommend using a baguette or small ciabatta rolls)
  • 3 peppers (I like to use 3 different colors)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • ½ c mozzarella

  1. Turn your broiler on high.
  2. Cut the crusty bread into desired size and set aside.
  3. In a saute pan, heat a thin layer of water until near boiling. Add garlic and peppers. Cover, stirring occasionally, until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drain peppers and set aside.
  5. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto on the bottom piece of bread. Top with peppers and sprinkle with 2 tbsp of cheese.
  6. Broil until cheese is melty and serve.

For a larger sandwich, add mushrooms, onions, veggie sausage or greens.
For a GF sandwich, use GF bread.
Nutritional info with vary based on bread choice. Sandwich can be served open face.


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    Joanne Sep 30, 2013

    Oh no! Sending hugs!

    This sandwich would probably make me pretty happy though. Pesto and melted cheese have that effect on me!

    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens Sep 28, 2013

    Booooo for not feeling well (and bad days in general!). Hope you are feeling much better!!!
    YAYYYYYYY for a delicious new sandwich!!!! This looks fantastic!! I love the bright colors of the peppers, and the pesto would be absolutely delicious with the garlic and then …. the melty cheese …. oh yummmmmm!!!! Thanks, Kelly!!!

    Laura Sep 27, 2013

    Ooo I can’t wait to use my pesto recipe on these!!! They look scrumptious!

    cquek Sep 27, 2013

    these look fantastic

    makingthymeforhealth Sep 27, 2013

    I’m sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well and had a bad day. 🙁
    On the bright side, these melts look delicious! I would love to stuff my face with one of these for lunch today. 🙂

      Kelly Sep 27, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah. After staring at pictures of them all morning, I was pretty sad I didn’t have a bell pepper melt in my lunch box today. They’re SO good!

    Ashley Bee Sep 27, 2013

    I love peppers so much. My mom always hated them, so I never had them growing up!

      Kelly Sep 27, 2013

      What?! Your mom is crazy, bell peppers are the best 🙂