Turkey, mozzarella and red pepper panini

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
8 min
4 min
4 min
Italian panini are simple sandwiches with thin layers of filling inside. Our version is pressed and lightly cooked for a gooey, toasted effect. We cooked the panini in a skillet but use a panini press if you have one. Let kids customize their own sandwiches: ham can be swapped for turkey and Swiss cheese for the mozzarella. Or make a vegetarian version with arugula and thinly sliced roasted eggplant and Parmesan cheese.


French bread

2 oz, or Italian bread (one 4-inch slice)

roasted red peppers (packed in water)

cup(s), sliced

olive oil

1 tsp, extra-virgin


4 leaf/leaves

deli sliced turkey

1 oz, very thinly sliced, folded in half

shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup(s)


  1. Slice bread lengthwise almost all the way through. Layer with pepper on bottom half. Drizzle with oil; top with basil, turkey, and cheese. Gently flatten sandwich with palm of your hand.
  2. Lightly spray a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add sandwich and top with a heavy weight, such as a small cast-iron pan. Cook until bread is crisp, about 2 minutes. With a spatula, turn sandwich, weigh it down, and cook until other side is crisp, about 2 minutes.
  3. Serving size: 1 sandwich

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