Tomato and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Basil

Tomato and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Basil Recipe
Photo: Frances Janisch


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 5 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 609.57 mg
Calories 679.62
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Carbohydrate 57.62 g
Cholesterol 67.19 mg
Fat 37.24 g
Fiber 5.42 g
Iron 5.32 mg
Protein 29.55 mg
Satfat 14.1 g
Sodium 1336.8 mg


8 8-inch flour tortillas
12 ounces grated or sliced mozzarella
2 tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


Heat grill to medium. Arrange 4 of the tortillas on a cutting board. Arrange the mozzarella and tomatoes on the tortillas, leaving a 1-inch border empty. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper and top with the remaining tortillas. In a medium bowl, combine the basil, pine nuts, oil, and the remaining salt; set aside. Cook the quesadillas around the perimeter of the grill until the cheese melts and the tortillas are crisp and golden, about 2 minutes per side. Immediately cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with the basil salad.

Tip: Instead of grilling the quesadillas, try broiling them. Arrange them on a baking sheet and broil, turning once, until the cheese melts and the tortillas are golden brown.

Sara Quessenberry,

Real Simple

September 2005
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