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Pronto Spinach and Pancetta Grilled Cheese

This Giada-fied twist on grilled cheese will debut on my menu at Pronto early next year. With spinach pesto, crispy pancetta and two types of cheese, it's sure to be a favorite!


Pronto Spinach and Pancetta Grilled Cheese



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 ounces pancetta (cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices)
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups 8 ounces shredded mild Cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil (plus extra, as needed)
  • 2 packed cups coarsely chopped baby spinach
  • 16 1/3-inch-thick slices country-style white bread


  1. Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Lay the pancetta in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and bake until crispy and brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Cool for 5 minutes and crumble. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine the butter, cheeses, salt, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Blend until smooth, adding extra oil, as needed, until the mixture is spreadable. Add the spinach and pulse until just combined.
  4. Preheat a panini maker. Spread the cheese mixture over 8 slices of bread. Top with the crumbled pancetta. Put the remaining bread slices on top. Grill the sandwiches, 2 at a time, until golden and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes, then cut each sandwich in half and arrange on a platter.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
19 grams
8 grams
16 grams
Saturated Fat
7 grams
29 milligrams
354 milligrams
2 grams
2 grams
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3 reviews & comments

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    Laura Frazier

    I had the lemon pesto grilled cheese at Giada in Las Vegas. How do you make the zucchini fries?

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    Danielle Iagrossi

    The recipe does not list or use any lemon?

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    Danielle Lykens

    I think the lemon is missing?

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