It’s National Grilled Cheese day!! Let’s Celebrate with Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. It’s like two of the most amazing comfort foods ever got together after too much Moscato. Nine months later, this bundle of joy.
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of eating lasagna is taking a nice crusty (that is not an appetizing word but you get the point) piece of Italian bread and sopping up the remnants of the sauce, meat, and cheese. This just cuts out the length of time it takes to get there. Who doesn’t love a time saver, am I right?
Sometimes there’s just nothing more comforting and down right yummy than a buttery, crispy sandwich filled with dripping melted cheese. It truly doesn’t matter if you are 5 or 55…a grilled cheese sandwich just downright satisfies.
This one here will NOT disappoint.
My family couldn’t decide between making them on a nice thick Texas Toast or on a slices cut from a loaf of Italian Bread. We made both. I mean, what the hell, right?
For the Italian bread I cut about 1 inch think slices from the loaf on a slight bias. No particular reason besides it just looked cuter to me. Feel free to cut that bread straight as a pin if you see fit. Honestly, once someone takes a bite they wont give an ish about how that bread looks.
Slather butter (yes, slather….its worth the calories, trust me) on one side of one piece of bread. Onto that butter lightly sprinkle garlic powder, dried basil, and dried oregano. No measurements needed; just a small pinch of each will do.
On the “un-buttered” side, place 1-2 slices of mozzarella cheese. Sure you can absolutely use fresh mozzarella here, but totally acceptable to use regular store bough slices from the cheese aisle. That’s what I did…and will probably do again. On top of that add 1/3 cup of the meat/sauce mixture. Then, add 1/4 cup of the Ricotta/Parm mixture. Top with another slice of mozzarella.
Cap that baby with another slice of bread and butter, garlic, oregano, basil it like you did for your first slice. I like to cook mine on my electric griddle (300 degrees)at about 300 degrees since I can fit like 6 of them on there at once. You can definitely do these in a regular skillet (buttered because what the hell) on the stove over a medium low heat.
After about 4-5 minutes on each side…..instant effing heaven. I promise. The recipe below makes 8 sandwiches…like I said we couldn’t decide which bread we wanted! Just cut in half if you would like to make just 4…however, they tasted SOOOOO good the next day. TOTALLY worth making 8 🙂
By the way, the Italian bread one. VIVA ITALIA BABY!!! Enjoy National Grilled Cheese Day!! Try this yummy recipe or for even more grilled cheese yumminess, check out one of my favorite Grilled Cheese posts from Closet Cooking! See this post also in Made By You Monday link party!
Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Two amazing comfort foods smashed together. What more could you ask for?
- 16 Slices Thick Bread - Texas Toast/Italian Bread (1 in. slices)
- 1 lb. Ground Beef
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 2 Cups Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese
- 16 slices Mozzarella cheese
- FOR BREAD:
- Garlic Powder
- Dried basil
- Dried Oregano
- Step 1 Add to skillet ground beef and seasonings through onion powder. Cook until browned, then drain and return to pan.
- Step 2 Add 2 Tbsp minced garlic and cook for just about another minute. Add in sauce stirring to combine. Cook meat/sauce mixture over medium 1-2 minutes then reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Step 3 In bowl, combine Ricotta, fresh parsley, fresh basil, and Parmesan. Stir to combine.
- Step 4 Heat electric griddle to 300 degrees or skillet to medium low.
- Step 5 To assemble sandwiches generously butter one side of bread. Lightly sprinkle on garlic powder, dried basil and dried oregano.
- Step 6 To the un-buttered side place one slice mozzarella. Top with 1/3 cup of the meat/sauce mixture.
- Step 7 On top of meat mixture, spread heaping spoonful of the Ricotta mixture. Top with another slice of mozzarella.
- Step 8 Top with another slice of bread and butter and season the top side.
- Step 9 Cook sandwiches 4-5 minutes per side or until golden.