This Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a fun twist on two classics, and it’s made with toasty bread, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and tomato sauce.
Happy Friday, everyone!
How about kicking off the weekend with some amazing comfort food? Since it’s fall (finally!) and technically less than 3 months ’til Christmas (eeeek!), comfort food is a total must!
Which is great, because I really, really love comfort food. So much, in fact, if I was on a desert island and could only pick one comfort food to bring with me, I honestly don’t know how I’d choose.
Chocolate Chip Cookies? Cheesy Pizza? French Toast? Or, grilled cheese?
I could go on and on–no really, I could–but I’ll spare you any more of my food love 🙂
But, really, how do you narrow it down when they’re all so delicious and amazing?
Well, on the bright side of reality, unless Lost actually comes to life, I won’t ever (fingers crossed) have to make cuts.
Have you ever had lasagna grilled cheese before?
I hadn’t. I hadn’t even heard of it until I looked in the fridge, saw the leftover lasagna, the leftover lasagna ingredients, and the bread sitting right next door. And the epiphany hit: a grilled cheese lasagna.
Cheesy, cheesy mozz, parm, and ricotta spread over red sauce topped with tomato slices and sandwiched between two amazing slices of potato bread.
Why We Love This Grilled Cheese:
- It’s easy. There’s no way around it. It’s an easy grilled cheese loaded with Italian flavors.
- It’s cheesy. A grilled cheese should be loaded with melting, gooey cheese and this sandwich is all about the cheese.
- Comfort Food. Some days all you need is a plate full of comfort food, and there is nothing easier than grilled cheese comfort food.
- Bread: You can use any type of bread you like. I used potato bread, but some of my other favorite breads to use are sourdough, rye, or any kind of crusty bread.
- Cheese: I use a combination of mozzarella, parmesan, and cottage cheese (in place of ricotta). You can use ricotta instead of cottage cheese.
- Tomato Sauce: I used my favorite jar of pasta sauce.
- Extras: I like to use tomato slices in the sandwich as well, but you can leave that out. Additionally, I sprinkled some dry herbs over the cheese.
- Meat: I opted to go meatless, but if you could add pepperoni (it would make this more of a pizza grilled cheese), sausage, ground meat, meatball slices, etc.
Let’s Make Lasagna Grilled Cheese:
Honestly, this recipe could not be easier. Or more delicious. Think pizza pocket meets calzone meets lasagna meets meatball sub.
It’s a lot of meetings, but it’s totally worth it. This sandwich is so comforting and full of such cheesy goodness that you’ll totally want to pull a Joey (Friends) and save it from a backfiring car. 🙂
- Take two bread slices and butter the top sides. Flip them over.
- Spread tomato sauce over one slice of bread. Top with cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese), parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with herbs.
- Place the other slice of bread on top (the butter side facing up).
- Over medium heat, place the sandwich in a pan and cook until the bread is golden brown.
- If you feel like the bread is cooking faster than the cheese is melting, cover the sandwich with a pan lid. This locks in the steam and helps the cheese melt.
- Once golden brown, flip the sandwich over with a spatula and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.
- Cheese: Change up the cheese to whatever you have on hand, or whatever cheese you prefer.
- Bread: As mentioned above, you can use any kind of bread you’d like. I might also suggest:
- when making your grilled cheese, after you have buttered the bread, sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each bread slice. You get an extra layer of crispy cheese on the outside of your grilled cheese.
- Sauce: I went traditional and opted for tomato sauce. If you want a pesto lasagna, or a white sauce lasagna, go for it.
- Cheese: I used cottage cheese but you can use ricotta cheese in your grilled cheese.
- Herbs: I sprinkled dry herbs over the cheese. You can use any dry herbs (or fresh) you’d like—fresh basil would be a great idea! Additionally, you can sprinkle herbs over your buttered bread before cooking the sandwich.
Homina, homina, homina.
This lasagna grilled cheese recipe turns all of the classic lasagna flavors into a cheesy sandwich!
- 4 slices of thick bread (any kind you like)
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp pasta sauce
- 2 Tbsp ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
- 4 large tomato slices, optional
- 2 slices mozzarella, or 1/4 c shredded
- 2 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
- dried herbs (or fresh)
- On each slice of bread, spread 1/2 Tbsp of butter, making sure the whole piece of bread is covered evenly. Flip the bread over so that the buttered side is facing down.
- Spread 2 Tbsp of pasta sauce on 2 slices of bread.
Spread 2 Tbsp of ricotta (or cottage cheese) on the other 2 slices of bread.
Place sliced tomatoes and a sprinkle of dried herbs on the pasta sauced bread slices.
Place parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese on top of the tomatoes.
- Place the other two bread slices, ricotta side down, onto the cheese.
- On a greased and preheated skillet over medium heat, cook each side of the sandwich about 2-3 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
O. . .M. . .G. This looks so incredible! Why have I never thought of this before?! Awesome and pinned! Plus, totes loving your commentary 🙂
Thanks, Christa! You’re too sweet!
Holy cow! I’m a HUGE grilled cheese fan and adore all types. I seriously cannot wait to give this one a shot! Seriously looks so delish.
Thanks, Delilah! Hope you love it!
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I love comfort food- these look incredible! I also love fall, but this weekend it was so hot in MA- waiting for the sweater weather 🙂
Thanks, Sherri! It’s been crazy warm here too–fingers crossed our sweater weather reaches both us soon! 🙂
I cannot quite express how much I want this right now. I think I actually have everything for it too! *runs off to scrounge around in kitchen and crosses fingers that the bread isn’t moldy again*
I am pretty sure this would be my husbands idea of the ultimate sandwich 🙂
Haha! Thanks, Donna! 🙂
This looks fantastic. I think I’ll have to try to make it with left over garlic bread, just to add to the italian factor. MMMmmm.
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So mouthwatering recipe. I can’t wait to eat it.