Grilled Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Panini

Published: May 20, 2021 · Updated: March 5, 2024 by Sacha

In need of a dinner recipe that’s both quick to prepare and packed with flavour? This delicious grilled sandwich features melted goat cheese, flavourful sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves—and it only takes 10 minutes to make!

Grilled sun-dried tomato & goat cheese sandwich.

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As a cook-from-scratch kind of gal and stay-at-home mom of four kids, I spend an average of two to three hours per day preparing meals.

But to be honest, there are days where four o’clock comes around and I just don’t have it in me to spend too much time getting supper ready.

So it helps to have a few recipes in my repertoire that are both tasty and quick to make!

These goat cheese paninis definitely fit the bill as far as flavour is concerned. And if you have a large family like we do—or you’re making two and just want to save some time—you can even set up an “assembly line” and prepare several of them at once!

About this Recipe

This dish requires ingredients that can be a little pricey if you don’t know where to buy them.

So if you happen to have a Costco membership, be sure to look there first! We get all the ingredients for this dish from Costco and they cost us so much less than they would at the grocery store.

As for the basil, it can sometimes be difficult to find during the winter if you live in a colder climate. We live in Canada, but we do a whole lot of cooking and we like having fresh herbs on hand. So we use an AeroGarden to grow them year-round! (We loved ours so much that we even bought a second one.)

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We love being able to use the herbs we grow even when there’s snow outside—and basil happens to grow particularly well indoors!

Required Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious grilled goat cheese sandwich at home:

Ingredients to make grilled sun-dried tomato & goat cheese sandwich.

As mentioned above, we buy almost all the required ingredients at our local Costco and end up paying way less per item as a result!

Required Equipment

In order to make this grilled sandwich, we like to use a sandwich maker or panini press similar to the one below.

Hamilton Beach Panini Press, Sandwich Maker & Electric Indoor Grill, Upright Storage, Nonstick Easy Clean Grids, Stainless Steel (25410)
  • HOT SANDWICHES and MORE: Easily make hot pressed sandwiches of varied thicknesses, from grilled cheese and Reubens to paninis and Mexican tortas,…
  • COOK MEALS IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS: With a total of 95 square inches of nonstick surface on the top and bottom grill plates, the hot sandwich maker /…

If you don’t happen to own a panini press, you can just use whatever other method you usually use to make grilled sandwiches. For instance, a cast-iron skillet paired with a handheld bacon press would probably work just fine!

How to Make a Grilled Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Panini (Step-by-Step)

1. Spread Goat Cheese on Bread

Start by slicing your ciabatta roll horizontally (if it didn’t come pre-sliced) and spreading some goat cheese on both sides.

Goat cheese spread on both halves of ciabatta.

We buy 300-gram rolls of goat cheese at Costco and typically use about ¼ of the roll for each sandwich—about 75 grams total divided evenly between both slices.

2. Add Fresh Tomatoes

Slice up a tomato and cover one side of the bread with tomato slices.

Tomatoes spread over one half of the sandwich.

3. Add Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cover the fresh tomato slices with pieces of sun-dried tomato. This should require about 6 to 8 tomatoes depending on their size.

Sun-dried tomatoes placed on top of tomatoes.

Tip: Because sun-dried tomatoes are tougher than regular tomatoes, I recommend slicing them into pieces to make cutting (and eating) the sandwich a little easier.

4. Add Salt & Pepper

Add freshly ground salt and pepper to taste.

5. Add Basil

Cover the sun-dried tomatoes with fresh basil leaves.

Fresh basil leaves placed on top of tomatoes.

6. Grill Until Golden

Close the sandwich and place it in your panini press, applying pressure as needed. If you’re cooking for multiple people and your sandwich press is large enough, you can even grill several at once!

Sandwich being grilled using a panini press.

Because the ciabatta rolls are pretty thick, I usually turn my sandwich around (not upside-down) about halfway through so that both sides cook evenly.

Once the sandwich is done grilling, just give it a couple minutes to cool off and enjoy! The ciabatta should be golden and crispy, while the goat cheese should be warm and melted.

Grilled sun-dried tomato & goat cheese sandwich.

So delicious! I even occasionally make it for breakfast when I’m looking to eat something more filling.

Grilled sun-dried tomato & goat cheese sandwich.

Grilled Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Sandwich

The Craft-at-Home Family
This delicious grilled sandwich features melted goat cheese, flavourful sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1
Calories 369 kcal


  • Panini press


  • 1 ciabatta roll sliced horizontally
  • 75 g goat cheese
  • ½ tomato
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 6 basil leaves
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Divide the goat cheese and spread it on both sides of the ciabatta roll.
  • Cover the bottom side of the ciabatta roll with slices of fresh tomato. Add a layer of sun-dried tomatoes and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with basil leaves.
  • Close the sandwich using the second half of the ciabatta roll and place it in the panini press. Grill until golden and enjoy!


This panini can also be grilled using a cast-iron skillet and handheld bacon press.


Calories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 21gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 583mgPotassium: 584mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1519IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Goat cheese, Grilled sandwich, Panini, Sundried tomatoes
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