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How to make The BEST Caprese Sandwich

10 Minutes + 5 Minutes baking

super easy


“How to make the BEST Caprese Sandwich” – just the title alone already gets the mouth watering, doesn’t it? A love letter to the simplicity of Italian street food, this authentic Italian sandwich promises a culinary trip straight to the heart of Mediterranean cuisine.

The sandwich consists of ripe, juicy tomatoes paired with velvety fresh mozzarella, and fresh, aromatic basil leaves. These three key players form the trinity of flavors that breathe life into this easy Italian recipe. The result is an exquisite symphony of tastes that’ll have you falling in love at the first bite.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – a sandwich can’t possibly be that good, right? But believe me when I say, this isn’t just any sandwich. This is a cheesy Caprese Sandwich, a cornerstone of homemade Italian food with a little twist that’s easy to make yet impossible to forget.



Adjust Servings
1 large ciabatta
200 grams fresh mozzarella
8 thick slices of tomato
2 teaspoons fruity olive oil
5-10 freshly torn basil leaves
100 grams prosciutto
100 grams provolone cheese
2 tablespoons basil pesto
2 garlic cloves
20 grams parmesan cheese
handful of fresh arugula
Nutritional Information
520 Calories
30 g Fat
33 g Protein
34 g Carbs
4 g Sugars


Start by preheating your oven to 200°C. Slice your ciabatta in half horizontally. On the bottom half, layer with the thick slices of tomato, fresh mozzarella, provolone cheese, and torn fresh basil leaves. Drizzle over 1 teaspoon of fruity olive oil. On the top half of the ciabatta, spread the remaining teaspoon of olive oil. Finely mince the garlic cloves and scatter them over the oiled bread. Sprinkle over the parmesan cheese.
Place both halves of the ciabatta on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is lightly toasted. Once out of the oven, layer the prosciutto slices over the melted cheese on the bottom half of the ciabatta. Add a handful of fresh arugula. Spread the basil pesto over the toasted top half of the ciabatta. Now, simply bring the two halves together, press gently to secure all the layers, and your Italian Caprese Sandwich is ready to serve.
Mark as complete
A good Caprese sandwich starts with the bread. Ciabatta is excellent due to its crusty exterior and soft, porous interior. However, feel free to use any hearty, crusty bread you like.
Use ripe, juicy tomatoes for the best flavor. Heirloom tomatoes can also be a wonderful choice when in season.
Fresh mozzarella is traditional in a Caprese sandwich, but ensure it's well drained to avoid a soggy sandwich.
When assembling your sandwich, ensure even distribution of ingredients for every bite.
If you don't have provolone, Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese can be used instead.
If you have leftovers, wrap them tightly in foil or place them in an airtight container. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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