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Mozzarella & Arugula Panini

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Today, I will be sharing a simple yet delicious recipe that I tried from Blue Apron. Mozzarella and Arugula Panini is the perfect go-to recipe to make for lunch or even a simple dinner. It’s filling and healthy, such a win-win. The fact that this can be made in 30 minutes or less is a bonus! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ciabatta Rolls
  • 15 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Arugula
  • Summer Squash
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Olives
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Oregano

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the squash lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives; remove and discard the pits, then roughly chop.unnamed-4.jpg
  2. Peel and finely chop the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Halve the rolls. Tear the mozzarella cheese into small pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the squash, olives, vinegar, and up to half the garlic paste. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.unnamed-3.jpg
  4. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While the squash marinates, in a small pot, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the dried oregano and remaining garlic paste; season with salt and pepper.unnamed-2.jpg
  6. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 6 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.unnamed-5.jpg
  7. Place the rolls on a clean, dry work surface. Spread half the tomato sauceonto the cut sides of the rolls. Top the roll bottoms with half the arugula, the mozzarella cheese, and all but a pinch of the parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper. Complete the paninis with the roll tops.
  8. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium until hot. Carefully add the paninis. Place a heavy pot on top of the paninis and press down. Cook, occasionally pressing down on the pot, 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted.
  9. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil before flipping the paninis.) Transfer to a cutting board; immediately season with salt and pepper.
  10. While the paninis cook, to the bowl of marinated squash, add the remaining arugula. Toss to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the remaining tomato sauce to a serving dish; garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Cut the cooked paninis in half on an angle. Divide the paninis and salad between 2 dishes. Serve with the tomato sauce on the side. Enjoy!unnamed-7.jpgunnamed-8.jpgunnamed-6.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • You can add grilled chicken or any other meat if you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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