Italian Grilled Cheese

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Italian Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese? I guess people who don’t like cheese. Or people who don’t like bread. But me I love grilled cheese. I’m pretty happy with American cheese on Wonderbread, to be honest.

But sometimes you want a grown up grilled cheese. Something with a little more character and flavor.

This is the grilled cheese for that time.

I tried this recipe last week. It was so yummy, that I had to run one over to my back door neighbor and make her try it also. I needed someone else to appreciate how good it tasted.

This grilled cheese used marscapone cheese. If you’ve never tried marscapone, it is a soft creamy Italian cheese. I think it has a flavor similar to ricotta, but it is much more smooth and creamy. It can be hard to find and it is a bit expensive. So if you can’t find it or don’t want to use it, you can try substituting with 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons softened butter, whipped together. (I haven’t tried this substitution, so no guarantees.)

I recently posted how to roast garlic and guess what? I did that for a reason. This recipe calls for roasted garlic in the marscapone spread. It is so delicious! I thought two bulbs of garlic were going to be a lot in this recipe. But it turns out, I found myself wanting even a little more garlicky goodness. I really like a strong garlic taste, though, so I left it the way it was in the recipe.

Italian Grilled Cheese

I happened to grow the fresh herbs used in this recipe. It was super fun to run outside and just grab some basil, parsley and oregano. Especially because it’s getting cold now, and my basil will soon be d.e.a.d. :(

The cheese combo is awesome. Mozarella, provolone, parmesan.  How can you possibly beat that?Italian Grilled Cheese

All this stuff comes together to make a seriously yummy, big kid grilled cheese. We had it with a nice bowl of tomato soup. Great for fall!

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And on a personal side note, Happy Anniversary to the Strongman. We have been married for 15 years today. And I LOVE HIM! He is my favorite buddy to laugh and act goofy with. We’ve had lots of good times, some crazy stories, and mostly a lot of fun!

Italian Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 sandwiches

Italian Grilled Cheese


  • 2 bulbs fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 ounces marsapone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 ounces provolone cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces mozarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 ounces parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 8-12 slices thick cut sourdough or italian bread


  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Roast the garlic. Cut the top off the garlic until most of the cloves are exposed. Remove the excess paper on the outside of the bulb. Drizzle the olive oil over the exposed cloves and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil and seal tightly.
  4. Place in oven. Cook for approximately 1 hour. The garlic should be golden brown and soft.
  5. Let it cool until you can handle it easily.
  6. Squeeze the cloves out of the garlic bulbs into a small bowl. Mash with a fork until it resembles a paste. Add a pinch of salt.
  7. Add the marscapone to the bowl and stir until combined. Add the herbs and stir until incorporated evenly.
  8. Toss together the parmesan, provolone and mozarella cheeses.
  9. Spread a layer of the marscapone on the inside side of two pieces of bread. Fill with a small handful of the combined cheeses.
  10. Butter the outside of the bread generously.
  11. Brown on a griddle or use a panini press until the cheese is melty and the bread is golden brown.

Recipe Source: Adapted from White Pizza Grilled Cheese on How Sweet It Is

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