Saving Money On Fresh Basil/ Pesto Tomato Mozzarella Panini

Most of us make our own pesto these days and I’ve noticed as more and more people make fresh pesto the price of basil climbs at the grocery store. Many people grow basil in their backyards. I used to do that when I had a private back yard.
Now I live in a town home in HOA world and yes of course I can have potted plants but Basil seemed to grow so much better in the back yard and out of the cats reach.

Fresh Basil

I love to make pesto, but I hate to pay four dollars for a container of organic basil leaves that will make a single meal of pesto. That’s expensive and insane in my eyes when I know how fast and easy basil grows in the right conditions. So, what’s a girl to do when she loves making pesto? I shop at my local Asian grocery store and purchase a big bag of basil for $1.00.

The first time I worried that the different variety of basil would make the pesto taste different. Thai basil is most likely the type I purchased and it has a different taste than traditional basil. I took the plunge, made my homemade pesto with the basil I purchased.  I used the traditional garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese and my pesto tasted just as amazing as any I’ve made in the past. Of course the basil I purchased is not organic like the basil I grew in my backyard but for a three dollars savings I can use non organic for the time being until growing my own becomes an option.

A Pesto Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

Fresh mozzarella in water (sliced)

Campari Tomatoes

Fresh Pesto

Cuban Bread, sliced in half

olive oil

Fresh Tomatoes 
Fresh Tomatoes


Slice your mozzarella, tomatoes and bread. Spread a thick layer of pesto on each slice of your bread. Top this with slices of fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato and press in your panini press or panini pan with a little olive oil. These are delicious and make a nice easy meal on a summer day.

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