Arugula & Spinach Artichoke Panini

Arugula & Spinach Artichoke Panini Recipe

Believe it or not, the fabulous Panini dates all the way back to a 16th-century Italian cookbook. Panini sandwiches became quite  the trend in Milan,Italy bars, called paninoteche, in the 1970s and 1980s. Swank &  trendy U.S. restaurants began selling Panini, with distinctive & upscale variations appearing in various cities all over. I myslef, like to think of the Panini as a much more decadent and “ matured” traditional grilled cheese. As there is almost always cheese in Paninis, they are usually loaded with many additional ingredients and flavors- making them, well, pretty much  fool-proof amazing. Great for any time of day and occasion, Paninis are a no-fail choice every time! Enjoy, CHEERS!

Arugula & Spinach Artichoke Panini

Arugula & Spinach Artichoke Panini Recipe

Course Snack
Cuisine Italian


  • 4 slices Sour Dough Bread 
  • 4 slices Provolone Cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Mascarpone Cheese
  • 3 handfuls handfuls fresh baby Spinach( chopped & remove any large stems )
  • 1 handful fresh Arugula ( chopped& remove any large stems )
  • 6 oz marinated Artichoke Hearts ( chopped )
  • 2 med cloves fresh Garlic  ( minced )
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil 
  • Butter to coat bread
  • Sea Salt 
  • Black Pepper


  • For the Spinach  & Artichoke Filling:
    In a skillet over low / medium heat, add Olive Oil & heat.
    Add Garlic, let cook until fragrant and slightly gold in color.
    Add Artichokes, let cook 1- 2 minutes.
    Add Spinach and Arugula and let cook until mostly wilted.
    Add couple pinches Salt & Pepper
    Stir in Mascarpone Cheese. Remove from heat.
    For Panini:
    Butter one side of each slice of Bread.
    In a nonstick grill pan or Panini grill, add 2 slices of buttered Bread ( butter side against pan )  
    Top each slice with 2 pieces of Provolone Cheese.
    Spoon Spinach & Artichoke mixture on top of each slice &top with second piece of bread ( buttered side on the outside )
    Note: If you are using a grill pan, use a bacon-press or aluminum foil- covered brick to press down on Panini. Until bottom side has reached arich golden crust. 
    Using a flipper tong, gently turn Panini over to other side to repeat.
    Serve with kettle cooked potato chips or homemade french fries.
    Buon Appetito e Mangia Bene!
Keyword Arugula, Panini, Spinach






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