Cold Pesto Roast Beef Sub Sandwich Recipe

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Pesto roast beef sandwich recipe

French Bread Cold Roast Beef Sandwich with Pesto

This pesto roast beef sub sandwich is perfect for a family on-the-go. Delicious and easy to prepare. Make one for your next picnic or family outing!

It costs a lot less to make a cold roast beef sandwich from home than it does to buy pre-made sandwiches from the store. And, in my opinion, this sandwich tastes much better than good old PB&J.

I love the idea of using a large loaf, like French bread, to make a bunch of sandwiches all at once. So much faster and easier than making individual sandwiches for everyone!

If you’re taking it to go, you could place the sandwich on a large piece of plastic wrap, then slice it up nearly all the way through (enough that you could just tear the slices apart later), then wrap it up in the plastic wrap.

Pesto for cold roast beef sandwich

Pesto Roast Beef Sub Ingredients

This sub sandwich is pretty simple, but the combination of flavors really works well together. Who doesn’t love simple!?

The pesto spread is the perfect compliment to the roast beef and provolone. Throw on some sliced tomato, red onion, and the beautiful spring mix greens and you’ve got a serious sandwich that only took a few minutes to throw together.

Pesto roast beef sub assembly

Final Tips

Some of the larger sandwiches from the middle section of the loaf may slide around a bit while you’re trying to eat it, so if you want to try to avoid that, I recommend cutting those sections into smaller portions or using less of the pesto spread. Just bring some napkins and you’ll be fine, right? 😉

Whether you’re eating in or taking it out and about, this cold roast beef sandwich is an easy, fresh lunch or dinner for a busy family.

Roast beef sub sandwich recipe

My Favorite Bread Knife

Only Victorinox knives were used in the making of this sandwich. 😉 I have a Victorinox 8-inch wavy bread knife and it is one of the best bread knives I’ve ever used. I also love and use my Victorinox Chef knife a lot (with this sharpener).

victorinox 8 inch bread knife
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I got this recipe from my friend, Ashley. She has been enjoying it with her family for years!

Cold roast beef sandwich

Pesto roast beef sandwich recipe

Cold Pesto Roast Beef Sub Sandwich Recipe

Whip up one of these cold roast beef sandwiches for your next family picnic!
4.60 / 5 ( 5 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8


  • 1 loaf French bread
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons pesto
  • 7 ounces sliced roast beef
  • 4 ounces sliced Provolone cheese
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 2 cups spring mix greens


  • In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and the pesto.
  • Slice the loaf of French bread in half lengthwise.
  • Spread the pesto mixture over each half of bread.
  • Layer the roast beef onto one of the halves.
  • Then add the sliced cheese, tomato, red onion, and mixed greens.
  • Top it off with the other half of bread.
  • Slice the sandwich into individual servings and enjoy!


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 897mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g
Ingredients: Beef, Bread, Cheese, Mayonnaise, Pesto, Tomato
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, Spring, Summer, Super Bowl Party
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Meat and Poultry, Sandwiches and Burgers, Vegetables, No Bake

Comments & Reviews

  • If taking this on a picnic with the family, would you cut it before leaving the house, or cut it on site, just before eating? I am thinking that it would be easier to transport it if it weren’t sliced already. I wonder what your experience has been? It sounds delicious!

    • Yeah. I think it would be easier to slice right before serving. But if you don’t want to bring a knife along, you could place the sandwich on a large piece of plastic wrap, then slice it up nearly all the way through (enough that you could just tear the slices apart later), then wrap the plastic wrap up and around it all.

      • What a brilliant idea, cutting it most of the way through and wrapping tightly! I don’t know if I would have thought of that. Thank you, Melanie!

        Your site, with all the amazing ladies, has helped me save so much money and given me so many good ideas, I can’t thank you enough. I will never, ever, think I know it all, because I just keep learning new things.

        • Thank you so much for your kind words! Thank you, thank you.
          I will add the packaging idea to the post right now in case others find it to be a helpful idea too. 🙂

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