Classic Italian Panini Recipe

Discover the pleasure of crafting an authentic Italian Panini, filled with prosciutto, mozzarella, and fresh basil, for a quick yet indulgent lunch option.
A neatly assembled classic Italian sandwich with grilled bread, ham, cheese, tomato slices, and basil, held together by a wooden skewer and served on a white plate with a few basil leaves on the side. This delicious panini recipe is perfect for any meal.

In the bustling city of Milan, lunchtime for Luca often means grabbing a quick and delicious Panini. As an architect with a hectic schedule, this Italian sandwich offers a perfect balance of convenience and flavor. Filled with prosciutto, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil, and then grilled to perfection, it’s a reflection of Luca’s love for simple yet high-quality ingredients. This Panini not only fuels his afternoon site visits and client meetings but also brings a taste of Italian tradition into his busy day.

A classic Italian grilled panini with tomatoes, mozzarella, and prosciutto on a white plate garnished with basil.

Classic Italian Panini Recipe

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A classic Italian sandwich made with fresh bread and filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, perfect for a quick and satisfying lunch.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Meal Type Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 376 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $7
Shopping Cost$24


  • Panini press or grill pan
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 2 ciabatta rolls or baguettes
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato sliced, ripe
  • Handful basil leaves fresh
  • Olive oil for brushing


  • Preheat the panini press or grill pan.
  • Slice the ciabatta rolls in half and brush the cut sides with olive oil.
    2 ciabatta rolls, Olive oil
  • Layer prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato slices, and basil leaves on the bottom halves of the rolls.
    4 slices prosciutto, 4 slices mozzarella cheese, 1 tomato, Handful basil leaves
  • Close the sandwiches with the top halves of the rolls.
  • Place the sandwiches on the panini press or grill pan. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve warm.


Feel free to customize with your favorite fillings such as roasted vegetables, different cheeses, or pesto.
If you don’t have a panini press, use a heavy skillet to press the sandwiches while grilling.


Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 20gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 739mgPotassium: 221mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 901IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 293mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Grilled Sandwich, Italian Sandwich, Panini, Prosciutto, Quick Lunch

Ingredient Costs: Cost of Recipe by Ingredient Measurements

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