ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Super Easy Meal Idea: Open-Faced Italian Sandwiches With Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil

Updated on August 20, 2012
5 stars from 2 ratings of Quick and Easy Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich
Yummy tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwiches
Yummy tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwiches

A Delicious Meal Doesn't Have to Take Forever

When I was pregnant with my 3rd child, I was obsessed with tomatoes and cheese. I ate salads with like, 3 pieces of lettuce, a heaping handful of cheese, and 2 sliced tomatoes. I made homemade salsa on a daily basis and ate 2 tubs of it. I put tomatoes in omelets with tons of cheese and also made plenty of homemade pasta.

I like to cook from scratch, but towards the end of my pregnancy, I was just too tired. That's how I came up with the idea for these super easy tomato, mozzarella, and basil sandwiches. The recipe is nothing too unique or clever, and other people have probably been making them for years. That doesn't make them any less tasty, though.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: Serves 4 people, 2 sandwiches each


  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 8 slices mozzarella (use the good stuff, not the cheap kind)
  • basil, chopped
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

In just a few minutes, you'll be eating your very own delicious tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwich.

  1. Slice each tomato and sprinkle the slices with salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Slice your mozzarella cheese if you followed my advice and bought the good stuff. If not, use the pre-sliced stuff from the deli.
  3. Coat the top of each slice of Italian bread with butter or olive oil. Skip this step if you want to trim a bit of calories and fat.
  4. Arrange a few mozzarella slices on top of each slice of Italian bread. Add the tomatoes. Generously sprinkle the chopped basil on top of each slice of bread.
  5. Line an oven-safe tray with aluminum foil and set your bread on the tray. Place in a preheated oven and cook for 7 minutes at 350 degrees.

Share Your Thoughts on These Quick and Easy Sandwiches

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • holyjeans30 profile image

      Amy D. 

      6 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

      This looks really yummy, and something I could make real quick for an after school snack. Thanks for sharing.

    • Top Rated Recipes profile image

      Top Rated Recipes 

      6 years ago

      Simple, quick, and delicious I love it! Thanks for the recipe I've really enjoyed it, and I hope you'll get a chance to try some of my recipes and let me know what you think

    • Sunnyglitter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cyberspace

      That sounds delicious, Mommytalks. I know what I'm making next time!

    • mommytalks profile image


      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Seriously my favorite sandwich EVER!! My version has a slight twist. I buy a loaf of French bread and fill it with mozz, tomatoes and pesto, then warm it in the oven. And, NO! I do NOT share! Not. One. Bite.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)