Grilled Cheese?

I was raised in an Italian family with real Italian cooks, so I have a tendency give anything an Italian spin in the kitchen. Hence this week’s recipe – my favorite grilled cheese sandwich – is nothing short of delicioso. It’s crazy easy to make and tastes just as good as any fancy Panini.


2 Slices of bread (I like wholegrain, but if you want the traditional thing, go for ciabatta bread)

1tbsp Pesto

1 Canned artichoke – quartered

1 roasted red pepper – cut into 3 pieces

2 slices of fresh mozzarella (Mozzarella is traditional, but I didn’t have any when I made the sandwich, so I substituted a blend of jack cheeses. You can experiment with whatever cheeses you like. I highly recommend it.)

Spread pesto on both halves of your bread


Place roasted red pepper on one half


Place artichoke pieces on top of the roasted red pepper


Place cheese on top of the artichokes & then toast both sandwich halves in the toaster oven – or regular oven at 350F if you don’t have a toaster oven – until cheese melts (approx 5 minutes).


Place the top slice of bread on top, cut in half, and you’re done!


  1. This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to ‘veganize’ it by using Daiya or Follow Your Heart “cheese”. yummm :D

  2. Wow! It seems pretty fat to me! Maybe because I’m brazilian and not used to eat something like that.

    But even so, I bet it’s delicious. XD


  3. This looks delicious I can’t wait to try it. I’m so happy Free People posts vegetarian friendly recipes, thank you!

  4. Loved grilled cheese, mac and cheese.. uh I guess anything with cheese really haha. The real funny thing is I made a grilled cheese on Saturday morning and not an ordinary one either. I used mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and bacon. It was yummy!

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