Prosciutto and pesto sandwich on ciabatta

This is a super flavorful Italian-focused experience that hits all the notes required of a fantastic deli-style sandwich.
Instructions for 1 sandwich with a lot of sauces left over
schedule 20 minutes
schedule 20 minutes


Walnut basil pesto
  • 3 to 4 ounces fresh basil (about 2 cups)
  • 14 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 23 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • black pepper to taste
Calabrian chili mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons crushed Calabrian chilis
  • ground black pepper (optional)
Sandwich assembly
  • 1 Ciabatta roll
  • Calabrian mayonnaise (from above)
  • 3 to 5 prosciutto slices (or other deli sliced meat)
  • 2 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • arugula (at least a quarter cup)
  • pesto sauce (from above)


Walnut basil pesto: add basil, walnuts, garlic cloves and salt to a food processor or blender. Pulse to combine.

When things are chopped well, start slowly adding your olive oil while the processor/blender is running on low. This starts to form an emulsion and gives you the consistency you would want. 

When the pesto is smooth and has a thickened consistency, remove from processor/blender to a bowl add parmesan cheese, and stir.

Taste the fully combined pesto and add any additional salt and pepper that you think it might need. Store in the fridge for a few days. 

Calabrian chili mayonnaise: in a medium bowl add mayonnaise and crushed Calabrian chilis and whisk to combine. Taste and add a pinch of ground black pepper if desired.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Sandwich assembly: slice your Ciabatta rolls.

Add a generous portion of Calabrian chili mayonnaise to the bottom of the roll. Top that with a few slices of prosciutto. 

Top the meat with slices of fresh mozzarella and top the cheese with a handful of arugula. 

Spread pesto on the top part of the roll and close the sandwich. 

Serve and enjoy.

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