This Caprese grilled cheese sandwich is made with fresh mozzarella, juicy tomato slices, and a smear of salty pesto for a combination that takes your sandwich to the next level!

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I’ve been having fun making different grilled cheese sandwich variations and this Caprese version quickly became a favorite. Creamy mozzarella, savory pesto, and juicy tomato create a simple but delicious sandwich!

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The Best Mozzarella Cheese for a Caprese Sandwich

I recommend using fresh mozzarella cheese instead of the shredded mozzarella cheese that comes in a bag. The main difference is the texture and moisture content. Fresh mozzarella, the kind that is typically sold in a ball or a log, is soft and moist. It has a delicate, creamy flavor and a stretchy texture that works so well in this sandwich.

Shredded mozzarella cheese, like the kind that comes in a bag, is a firmer and drier cheese. It’s made from low-moisture mozzarella cheese, which is pressed to remove excess moisture and then shredded. The texture isn’t quite the same for this sandwich, but if that’s all you have in your fridge, it can work in this recipe.

The Best Store-Bought Pesto

I’ve tried a lot of store-bought pesto and the Buitoni brand is my favorite. It’s typically sold in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. (I’ve seen it at Kroger and Publix and I think it’s pretty widely available.) I also like the Kale and Pine Nut pesto from Trader Joe’s.

The Best Bread for Grilled Cheese

You can use any bread you like but I like a hearty sourdough bread. It can stand up to the moisture of the pesto and I love the way it gets crispy when toasted. I get my sourdough bread from Wildgrain and it’s great to keep in the freezer! Feel free to use gluten-free bread or whole wheat bread. That works, too!

How to Make a Caprese Grilled Cheese