Quick Fixes: Italian-Style Grilled Cheese

Can I hear I big "YAY!" for carbs, fat, fat, and fat?! I thought so! And that is precisely what I'm cooking up today. This is a great "lazy day" dinner, or a perfect cold day lunch. It's an Italian twist on your classic grilled cheese, and it's so scrumptious, it'll quickly become one of your new favorites!

Prosciutto ham is available at your local deli. Ask for it thin sliced--it's one Italian meat that is a staple in our home because it's versatile and absolutely delicious! 

Leftover sauce makes for an amazing dipping sauce for this grilled cheese recipe. You'll need about a half a cup. Heat it in the microwave for about a minute at the end of cooking, and you've got a dipping sauce fit for a king. I made my own sauce and canned it in season, but you can use any leftovers ya got! 

After buttering your pan over medium heat, place two pieces of bread with two pieces of cheese on each one

When they are getting a little melty, put two slices of prosciutto ham on each slice of bread 

The cheese is basically the glue of the sandwich ... a really tasty, yummy gooey glue. 

Two more pieces go on, followed by the other pieces of bread. 

(you can also re-butter your pan here if you need to, I know I did!) 

Turn them to make sure they are cooking evenly and melting evenly! 

Cut the sandwiches and serve with marinara sauce! 

Two sandwiches for two very hungry people! 

Time: 15 minutes tops | Serves 2 | Level: Too easy.... 

You Will Need:

4 slices of sandwich bread
1 tablespoon butter, divided
8 slices cheddar cheese (Cooper Sharp is the only cheddar for me!)
4 slices prosciutto ham
1/2 cup leftover marinara sauce


In a skillet, melt half the butter over medium heat. Add two slices of bread to the pan, and top them with two slices of cheese each. Let them cook a bit, until the cheese is starting to get "melty."

Add two slices of prosciutto ham to each piece of bread. Let them cook into the cheese, about 2-3 minutes.

Add two more slices of cheese to eat piece of bread and top with the remaining bread. (This is a good time to re-butter your pan with the other half of the butter, too, if you need to.) Flip the sandwich.

Meanwhile, while your sammies are cooking, put your marinara sauce in the microwave and heat for about a minute, or until hot. Pour them into individual bowls for dipping.

Flip your sandwiches as needed to make sure both sides are evenly melted, and once they are, put 'em on a plate! Slice and serve with the marinara sauce.


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