Veggie Panini (Vegetarian)
This melty, cheesy vegetarian panini is loaded with canned artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and shredded fontina. Once you see how easy and delicious it is, this veggie panini is going to find a regular spot in your recipe rotation.
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Why We Love This Veggie Panini Sandwich Recipe
This Italian-inspired panini is a great solution for a quick dinner or a weekend lunch. Make them when you are craving a deli-style panini or restaurant-quality pressed sandwich, but don’t want to leave the comfort of your own kitchen. There is even a wau to make them if you don’t have a panini press.)
These Veggie Paninis are made with Italian-inspired flavors requiring a few simple pantry staples, fresh basil and cheese. They are easily customizable for your favorite vegetarian ingredients and come together in minutes!
- Only takes a few minutes to get on the table
- Made with simple ingredients and shelf-stable pantry ingredients so you can keep the ingredients on hand for when you need a quick meal
- Can make it with or without a panini press
Love Your Veggies!
If you are looking for more simple ways to add veggies to your menu, check out these veggie-packed recipes:
Key Ingredients for this Vegetable Panini
- Artichoke Hearts: Use one 14-ounce can of quartered artichoke hearts. Drain them well.
- Sun Dried Tomatoes: You’ll need half a cup of oil packed sun dried tomatoes. Drain them well and slice or roughly chop them.
- Cheese: Use shredded fontina, Italian cheese blend or pizza cheese, and 8 thin slices of deli provolone.
- Garlic: Peeled
- Basil: Stems removed, roughly chopped.
- Italian Bread: Use slightly softer Italian bread. Chewier rustic breads are too tough and will have the veggies spilling out of the sides. You can also try our homemade soft honey wheat bread too!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coarse Kosher Salt
How To Make This Vegetarian Panini
Step 1: Preheat Panini Press
Preheat your panini press to 400 degrees F. This is the panini press we have and love!
Step 2: Mix Together Veggies
Meanwhile, fit a food processor with the steel blade attachment. With the motor running, drop the peeled garlic through the feed tube and allow it to mince. Remove the lid and add the artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and salt. Pulse everything together until it’s evenly chopped into small pieces, but not paste-like. Add shredded cheese and pulse once or twice to combine.
Alternatively, you can mince the garlic and chop the other ingredients by hand. Mix it all together in a medium-sized bowl.
Step 3: Prepare Bread
Lay the Italian bread on your work surface and brush it lightly with olive oil. Flip it over.
Step 4: Add Provolone Cheese and Veggies
Lay a slice of Provolone cheese on each slice of bread and then divide the artichoke heart combination among four slices of bread. Close the sandwiches with the remaining four slices of bread.
Step 5: Cook Panini
Cook two paninis in the panini press at a time until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted, which should take about 5 to 7 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches, and then cut them in half and serve hot.
How To Make a Panini Without a Panini Press:
If you do not have a panini press, heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until it’s very hot. Place sandwiches on the hot grill pan or skillet and place a second heavy skillet over them to weigh them down and press them. Flip them over after the bottoms are browned, which should take about 3 minutes.
Cook the paninis on the second side until the bottoms are browned and the cheese is melted, which will take about 2 to 3 minutes.
FAQs and Expert Tips For This Panini Sandwich Recipe
The filling can be mixed and the fontina can be shredded up to 2 days ahead of serving. Then, right before serving you can assemble the mixture and cheese on your Italian bread and press the paninis. Note: chop the fresh basil leaves and add to the filling just before cooking.
We think a white loaf of Italian bread is the perfect texture for these paninis. We found that deli-style bread or sourdough was too chewy for the panini and the filling spilled out the sides. You could also try Pane Toscano (Tuscan bread), or Ciabatta. For more fiber try a soft whole wheat bread.
Variations To Try
- Grilled or Roasted Veggies: Add your favorite veggies! Try with grilled zucchini or roasted portobello mushrooms. Try with jarred roasted red peppers (drained well), yellow squash, or caramelized onion.
- Raw Veggies: Generally cooked veggies are better than raw in paninis but there are some exceptions: Creamy avocado, raw baby spinach and thinly sliced raw red onions are also great veggies to add to a panini.
- Cheeses: You can also play around with different types of cheese, like mozzarella cheese paired with some tomato and basil for a Caprese panini.
- Balsamic: Before adding the top piece of bread, add a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar.
- When in season pair with Heirloom Tomato and Anchovy Salad or this Simple Cucumber Salad.
- Serve your veggie panini alongside Oven Roasted Red Potato Wedges or Baked Oven Fries for a healthier version of fries!
- For a hearty side try with summer salad or pasta salad like our healthy Italian pasta salad, this Vegan Potato Salad with Herbs or Healthy Coleslaw would make this panini a full summer meal.
- This Chopped Winter Salad has crunchiness from celery and radishes, and fruity sweetness from apples to complement your panini!
- This simple Easy Tossed Garden Salad is the kind of dish that pairs well with any meal.
Additional Vegetarian Sandwich and Wrap Recipes To Try
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Veggie Panini (Vegetarian)
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
These Veggie Paninis are made with Italian-inspired flavors. All you need are a few simple pantry staples, fresh basil, and cheese and they’ll come together in minutes!
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
½ cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, drained and sliced or roughly chopped
1 small bunch basil, stems removed roughly chopped (.75 ounces)
Generous pinch coarse kosher salt
1 cup shredded fontina, Italian cheese blend or Pizza cheese
8 slices Italian bread
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 thin slices deli provolone
- Preheat panini press to 400 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, fit food processor with steel blade attachment. With motor running, drop garlic through feed tube and allow to mince. Remove lid and add artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and salt. Pulse until evenly chopped into small pieces, but not paste-like. Add shredded cheese and pulse once or twice to combine. Alternatively, mince garlic and chop the other ingredients by hand. Mix together in a medium bowl.
- Lay bread on work surface. Brush lightly with olive oil. Flip over.
- Lay a slice of Provolone on each slice of bread. Divide the artichoke heart combination among four slices of bread, about 1/2 cup per sandwich. Close the sandwiches with the remaining four slices of bread.
- Cook two panini in the panini press at a time until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Cut in half and serve hot.
Ingredient Note: We found that slightly soft Italian bread was our favorite for these paninis. Chewier rustic breads are too tough and the veggie filling spilled out the sides.
Tip: If you do not have a panini press, heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the sandwiches and place a second heavy skillet over them to weigh them down and press them. Flip after the bottoms are browned, about 3 minutes. Cook on the second side until the bottoms are browned and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
Make Ahead: The filling can be mixed and the fontina can be shredded up to 2 days ahead.
- Active Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Category: Sandwiches
- Method: Panini Press
- Cuisine: Italian
- Calories: 504 cals
- Sugar: 4 g
- Fat: 26 g
- Carbohydrates: 39 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 25 g
Keywords: veggie panini, vegetarian panini, Italian panini, vegetable panini
yes, would be nice to add this to my recipe rotation, I don’t always go veg but it’s always veg meals are a nice change for me and good to have a panini dish, especially like that you’re using sun-dried tomatoes, so much flavor, thank you!
Thank you Sabrina. I love having vegetarian options that inspire me during the week so I am glad to know this one appeals to you! Have a good one.