Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 23, 2023
I made up this recipe for 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
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Spread 4 bread slices with pesto. Layer with cheeses; top with remaining bread. Brush outsides of sandwiches with oil.
  2. Using a large cast-iron skillet or electric griddle, toast sandwiches over medium heat until cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes on each side. If desired, serve with marinara.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 445 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 759mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.