Try this pesto provolone turkey sandwich recipe! With simple ingredients like crusty bread, turkey, pesto sauce, and provolone cheese, this sandwich is perfect for a quick lunch or a picnic. Add some arugula and mayonnaise for extra flavor if you'd like, and you're ready to enjoy a healthy and satisfying meal in minutes! (Gluten free option)Jump to Recipe
The key to making an amazing turkey sandwich recipe
Sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food and the perfect lunchtime treat. When it comes to sandwiches, the possibilities are endless. You can put anything you like between two slices of bread, and voila! You have a delicious meal ready in minutes. One sandwich that stands out from the rest is the pesto provolone turkey sandwich.
This recipe was my daughters favorite her sophomore year of college. Her roommate had a panini press and taught her how to make it. It was a simple and easy meal to include along with her college cookbook recipes.
Don't forget the pesto!
Pesto is a classic Italian sauce made from basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. The sauce is delicious and versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, including sandwiches. Provolone is a semi-hard cheese that originates from Southern Italy. The cheese is creamy, slightly smoky, and has a unique flavor that pairs perfectly with turkey.
Let's talk about bread
My daughter swears by ciabatta bread for this recipe and you can use gluten free ciabatta rolls too. Another great option to use in this recipe is sourdough bread.
For this recipe you will need 2 slices of sourdough bread or 1 ciabatta roll. You will also need 1-2 tablespoons of pesto sauce, 4 slices of turkey, 1-2 slices of provolone cheese and some salt and pepper to taste. You can optionally add some mayonaise or a handful of argula.
Preparing your sandwich
To prepare your sandwich, spread the pesto sauce on one side of the bread or roll. You can use store-bought pesto or make your own. To make your own pesto, blend fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil in a food processor until smooth.
Add the slices of provolone cheese on top of the pesto. The cheese should cover the entire slice of bread.
Place the turkey slices on top of the cheese. You can use leftover turkey or use sliced turkey from your local deli.
Place your sandwich in a panini press lightly brushed with oil first, or heat your grill or stovetop pan to medium heat. Place the sandwich in the pan or press and cook. For the grill or stovetop method, press the sandwich down inside the pan, (I usually use a lid to press down on the sandwich), then cook for a couple of minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook on the other side. Remove from the grill, press or stove and serve once bread is crispy and cheese begins to melt.
- You can add other toppings to the sandwich, such as sliced tomatoes, avocado, or red onion.
- You can use different types of bread, such as focaccia.
- If you don't like arugula, you can use lettuce or spinach instead.
- To make the sandwich more filling, you can add bacon or a fried egg.
Enjoy this turkey sandwich and other recipes too!
This pesto provolone turkey sandwich recipe is great for several reasons. Firstly, it's easy to make and doesn't require any special equipment. You can make it at home or take it to work for lunch. Secondly, the ingredients are simple and easy to find. You can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store or market. Lastly, the sandwich is delicious and satisfying. The pesto sauce and provolone cheese add a burst of flavor that pairs perfectly with the turkey.
If this recipe sounds delicious try some of my other pressed Italian picnic sandwiches! My dairy free buttermilk brined turkey breast would taste amazing in this recipe or with our turkey provolone pear sandwich recipe.
You can serve this pesto provolone turkey sandwich recipe with chips like I did here, or a salad, fries, grilled vegetables or even some fruit!
Pesto Provolone Turkey Sandwich Recipe
- panini press optional
- 2 slices sourdough bread or 1 ciabatta roll
- 1-2 tbsp pesto sauce
- 1-2 slices provolone cheese
- 4 slices turkey breast
- salt and pepper to taste
- Spread the pesto sauce on one side of the bread.
- Add the slices of provolone cheese on top of the pesto. The cheese should cover the entire slice of bread.
- Place the turkey slices on top of the cheese.
- Place your sandwich in a panini press lightly brushed with oil first, or heat your grill or stovetop pan to medium heat. Place the sandwich in the pan or press and cook. For the grill or stovetop method, press the sandwich down inside the pan, (I usually use a lid to press down on the sandwich), then cook for a couple of minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook on the other side. Remove from the grill, press or stove and serve once bread is crispy and cheese begins to melt.
The pesto and turkey combination is truly so good! This sandwich was packed with flavor!
So glad you enjoyed it!!
The combo of pesto and provolone was a match made in heaven. Such an easy and delicious sandwich!!
Agreed! If heaven contains pesto I’m there! Glad you enjoyed it!
This was delicious for our weekend lunch and perfect for using up some leftover pesto I had. Thanks!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Gave this recipe to my friend who is a turkey sandwich fiend. She made it and took it to work for lunch. It remained crunchy and fresh. She has become an instant fan of your recipe and blog because your recipe is so easy to make.
Aw thank you! That means a lot!
This sandwich was a winner! We added a few slices of tomato as suggested and loved it. A tasty lunch indeed. Thanks for the great recipe!
Thank you so much!