Basil-Tomato Grilled Cheese

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
The tastes of summer abound in this easy Italian-style grilled cheese sandwich. Not only is it delicious, it's super-fast, so you can get back to those summer outdoor activities. —Sylvia Schmitt, Sun City, Arizona
Basil-Tomato Grilled Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 slices Italian bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. On 4 slices of bread, layer mozzarella cheese and tomatoes; sprinkle with the basil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Top with remaining bread.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder; brush mixture over the outsides of each sandwich.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 467 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.