I first had this sandwich at a small restaurant and immediately went home to duplicate the recipe. I've been making my grilled cheese sandwiches this way ever since!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 sandwich
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spread one side of a slice of bread with butter, and place it, buttered side down, into a nonstick skillet over medium heat.

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  • Spread the top of the bread slice in the skillet with half the pesto sauce, and place a slice of provolone cheese, the tomato slices, and the slice of American cheese onto the pesto.

  • Spread remaining pesto sauce on one side of the second slice of bread, and place the bread slice, pesto side down, onto the sandwich. Butter the top side of the sandwich.

  • Gently fry the sandwich, flipping once, until both sides of the bread are golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

503 calories; protein 20.4g 41% DV; carbohydrates 24.2g 8% DV; fat 36.5g 56% DV; cholesterol 81.7mg 27% DV; sodium 1107.6mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
With hubs out Christmas shopping it was just me at home for supper tonight. I had presents to wrap and baking to do, so I wanted something simple but delicious, something more interesting than the plain ol' grilled cheese sandwich I almost settled for. Hoping for a twist on that old standby, this recipe came up with a simple search for "grilled cheese sandwich" and what a great find it was! The ingredients seem like such a natural, yet I never would have thought to put them together in a grilled cheese sandwich. I really liked this - the flavors all come together and using good, sturdy Italian bread really helps make the sandwich. This was a quick and delicious meal with ingredients I readily have on hand. No boring grilled cheese sandwich here! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
Does not need american cheese at all. Only put Pesto on one slice of bread because it overpowers everything otherwise. Read More
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339 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 266
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
With hubs out Christmas shopping it was just me at home for supper tonight. I had presents to wrap and baking to do, so I wanted something simple but delicious, something more interesting than the plain ol' grilled cheese sandwich I almost settled for. Hoping for a twist on that old standby, this recipe came up with a simple search for "grilled cheese sandwich" and what a great find it was! The ingredients seem like such a natural, yet I never would have thought to put them together in a grilled cheese sandwich. I really liked this - the flavors all come together and using good, sturdy Italian bread really helps make the sandwich. This was a quick and delicious meal with ingredients I readily have on hand. No boring grilled cheese sandwich here! Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
This was delicious! I just used what I had on hand: pesto wheat bread sungold tomatoes mozarella and goat cheese. I have tried it both fried and in the toaster oven (without the butter). Both are great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2010
This is an amazing sandwich! I made it using the "Pesto" recipe submitted by anderval and also didn't have any American cheese on hand so used some shredded cheddar cheese instead. I also served this with "Rachel's Tomato Basil Soup" recipe on this site. This meal was something like I would expect to get in a fancy bistro.... I can't wait for lunch today so I can have more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
I used what I had on hand. Wheat bread provolone tomatoes and fresh basil. Grilled without butter on a tabletop grill. Yummy! Next time I will try it with pesto but it was really good and healthy the way it was. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
what a nice variation on a grilled cheese sandwich. I don't have provolone cheese so I left that out and put in some sliced chicken instead. I love adding tomato to grilled cheese so any recipe that does gets a second look by me! I had sun dried tomato pesto in the fridge so that's what I used and I put it on olive bread. Very nice! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
These were really good and easy to make on the George Foreman grill. Thanks for the great idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2010
I literally just got done eating this--and let me tell you...YUM. I did everything as is except added an extra slice of each kind of cheese. Next time I will likely omit the American cheese as I found its flavor to be dominant...and though that was still delicious I would like the pesto and provolone flavors to be more apparent. It was quick easy and worth it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2011
delicious take on the grilled cheese nice change:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2010
Wonderful. A nice variation to grilled cheese; easy; tasty I put mozza instead of american cheese. I had some extra pesto and provolone from another recipe so this is great! THanks Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
Does not need american cheese at all. Only put Pesto on one slice of bread because it overpowers everything otherwise. Read More
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