Havarti Tomato and Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese
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Havarti Tomato and Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese

20 min
The Tomato and Arugula Pesto Grilled Cheese is a tasty sandwich for lunch or dinner time. The homemade pesto paired with Arla® Havarti sliced cheese is a major upgrade for your grilled cheese.


  • 1. To make the pesto: In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine the arugula, walnuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Pulse twice to combine. Pulse a few more times while pouring the olive oil down the feed tube. This makes about half a cup of pesto. Whatever is not used for the sandwich can be stored in the refrigerator for future use. 2. Place the two slices of bread side-by-side and spread the top of one with ½ tablespoon of butter. On the second slice, spread arugula pesto and top it with two tomato slices and 1 slice of Arla® Havarti sliced cheese. Close sandwich with the buttered bread slice, butter side up. 3. Add the remaining butter in a nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. As it melts, swirl butter so it coats the bottom of the pan. Place sandwich in skillet, with non-buttered bread side down and cook until the bread is toasted and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook the buttered side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, slice and serve. (Note: Also try this recipe with Arla® Gouda sliced cheese, with Pesto)


Pesto Ingredients
Packed rocket leaves, stems removed
1 cup
Walnuts halves
¼ cup
Peeled garlic
2 cloves
Kosher salt
¼ tsp
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup
Olive oil
¼ cup
Sandwich Ingredients
Country bread
2 slices
Softened unsalted butter
1½ tbsp
1 tbsp
Thick slices of fresh tomatoes
Havarti cheese
1 slice