Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe
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Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

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I made up this recipe for the students in the foods and nutrition class I teach. The kids like it so much, they often go home and fix it for their families.—Beth Hiott, York, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 4 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil
  • Marinara sauce warmed, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich (calculated without marinara): 445 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 759mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein


  1. Spread four bread slices with pesto. Layer with cheeses; top with remaining bread. Spread outsides of sandwiches with oil.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted. Serve with marinara if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Country Woman June/July 2011, p43

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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Haven't tried yet, but will for certain and I think I'll add sliced tomato and use my indoor grill."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"These are superb. I love pesto with cheese."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011


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