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5 from 5 votes

Italian Grilled Cheese

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches is my favorite twist to a traditional grilled cheese! Any dinner that's ready in 15 minutes is my kind of easy weeknight meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 8 slices crusty artisan bread
  • 8 thin slices mozzarella cheese (or about 1/3 cup shredded)
  • 8 thin slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup marinara pasta sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves , chopped (optional)
  • butter (for spreading on bread)


  • Spread butter on the "outside" pieces of bread that will touch the griddle when cooking. 
  • Spread marinara sauce on the inside pieces of the sandwich bread. 
  • Layer mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top of the marinara sauce. Top with fresh basil, if using.
  • Place bread slices together to make a sandwich. Place sandwich on hot griddle or skillet and cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown and toasted. 
  • Serve immediately.


Easy homemade marinara sauce:


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2.7mg