Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Recipe

Grilled cheese sandwich is a rather easy dish to do. You just have to stack the bread and the cheese, grill them on the stove for a few minutes, voila! Instant grilled cheese recipe.

However simple it may be, you can still make your grilled cheese sandwich extra special. In this recipe, we are going to show you how you can add an Italian twist to your grilled cheese. For this grilled cheese recipe, we are going to add cold cuts and herbs.

Naturally, a simple grilled cheese sandwich is salty. However, in this Italian grilled cheese sandwich, it is going to be an explosion of flavors. The basil and tomatoes will give it a slightly minty and earthy taste. The sweetness will neutralize the saltiness of the cheese.

Try this easy dish for breakfast or lunch. If you want more dishes with an Italian twist, try our grilled chicken calzones recipe.

Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Recipe

How To Make Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato

Elevate your basic grilled cheese with tomato, basil, and garlic.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins


  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, cracked away from skin
  • 8 slices crusty Italian bread
  • 1 lb smoked fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 8 basil leaves, torn


  1. Heat oil and garlic in a small pot over low heat.
  2. Brush 4 slices of the bread with garlic oil on 1 side. Place the garlic oil side down on the grill. 
  3. Top with sliced cheese, tomato, and basil. Then place another slice of bread on top of each sandwich.
  4. Brush sandwiches with garlic oil. Press sandwiches with a heavy skillet or a brick covered with tin foil.
  5. Toast sandwiches on both sides to melt cheese. Serve immediately.


  • Sugar: 3g
  • :
  • Calcium: 12mg
  • Calories: 500kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fat: 54g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 292mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 7mg
  • Vitamin A: 1109IU
  • Vitamin C: 17mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add meat to this grilled cheese recipe?

Adding some crisp bacon or sliced ham to this recipe can give it an extra bit of protein and definitely some added flavor. Alternatively, grilled chicken strips or beef pastrami will also add heaps of flavor to your grilled cheese sandwich. Aside from ham and bacon, prosciutto and salami are among the popular choice of cold cuts that can be used for this recipe.

What other herbs can I use for this recipe?

You may use your preferred herbs for this dish. For instance, add a pinch of oregano for an earthy, minty flavor. Or you could add some rosemary for a piney and woodsy taste. If you’re feeling a little experimental and want some heat, add paprika or chili powder.

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With a couple of small changes, you no longer have to settle for boring, basic grilled cheese sandwiches. This recipe is a great way to start experimenting in the kitchen if you have never cooked before! Grilled cheese sandwich will never be the same again with this amazingly aromatic Italian twist.
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