Those days when I’m home for lunch, I want something quick, easy and tasty. I grew up on grilled cheese and tomato soup. It’s still a favorite for me! The only difference now is that I tend to change it up a bit and add other stuff to the grilled cheese. I love grilled cheese and ham, grilled cheddar cheese with a little mustard, grilled pimento cheese and this Italian Grilled Cheese!
As for the tomato soup? I still keep a can of the old timey Campbell’s tomato soup in my pantry. But my favorite is this Tomato Basil Bisque. I make a pot of this bisque, eat some and freeze the rest in serving size portions. When I want a nice bowl of bisque, I just nuke it in the microwave and top it with a little extra cheese and fresh basil. My oh My!
This Italian Grilled Cheese is interesting because it is a grilled cheddar and mozzarella cheese with sliced tomatoes and a sprinkle of Italian seasonings. It’s a perfect combination of flavors when you really want a flavorful grilled cheese!
Here’s how I make them.
Italian Grilled Cheese
Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of both slices of bread.
My personal favorite bread is a good quality dense bread such as sourdough. You can certainly use a white wonder bread, but I find a heavier bread will hold up better with tomatoes. Just saying…
Place one slice of the bread, butter side down, in a skillet over low heat. Add a slice of cheddar cheese and some mozzarella.
Top the cheeses with sliced tomatoes, salt and Italian seasonings.
Don’t have an Italian seasoning blend in your cabinet? No problem! Grab a pinch of some dried basil, oregano and thyme and just sprinkle it over the tomatoes.
Place the other slice of bread over the tomatoes, butter side up. With the heat on low to medium low, brown the first side until it’s a golden color. This can take anywhere from 2-4 minutes depending on how hot your burner is.
Carefully, flip that baby over and brown the other side.
Remove the grilled cheese from the hot pan to a cutting board for cutting.
I like to cut mine from corner to corner. See the beautiful layers? I’m telling you, it’s delicious!
Look at all of that ooey gooey melted cheese! That’s what I call a grilled cheese!
Here are a few other lunch ideas!
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.