Lasagna flavors in a grilled cheese sandwich?
Don’t be ridiculous.
But then, I made them. Oh my goodness! These sandwiches taste just like lasagna. Layers of ooey-gooey cheese, tiny tomatoes bursting with warm juices, a spicy bite of Italian Sausage, crisp, buttery sourdough bread surrounding everything.
This recipe was adapted from Joy The Baker. One bite and I am reminded of why I adore her! As soon as she posted this Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich to her blog, I had it printed and on our menu for the week! If you love Lasagna (and we do!) you have to try this sandwich!
We adapted her recipe though. I made homemade Ricotta to go in it (you can find the recipe HERE), and we used sliced grape tomatoes instead of canned. I had two leftover Italian Sausages from a dinner earlier in the week, so I grilled those up and added them to the sandwich too! These sandwiches are serious good eats!
We paired our sandwiches with a green salad and it made the perfect dinner for two. In the Fall, we’ll be making these again with our favorite tomato soup.
My vegetarian daughter came to visit and I made her a sandwich too (without the sausage, of course!)
I added a layer of baby spinach and some parmesan cheese to hers. She said it was amazing! I’d have to say, I agree. Try it yourself and see what you think!
Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Yield: 2 sandwiches
4 slices of Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough Bread
2 TBLS unsalted butter with a dash of olive oil
1/2 cup homemade ricotta cheese
2 TBLS chopped fresh basil
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
One pint grape tomatoes (you’ll have plenty of leftovers)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 links Spicy Italian Sausage
Lay out the bread slices.
In a medium skillet, grill Italian sausage. When the sausage is cooked through, split them in half so they will lay flat. Set skillet aside, but do not drain the grease from the pan.
In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, basil, italian seasoning, salt and pepper
Top each bread slice with a bit of mozzarella cheese.
Slice grape tomatoes in half lengthwise, using only enough to evenly top two of the bread slices.
Season tomato topped slices with a bit of salt and pepper
Place grilled sausages on top of the seasoned tomatoes.
Top sausages with a layer of ricotta cheese.
Add butter and olive oil to the skillet you used to grill the sausage and heat over medium flame until the butter melts.
Combine sandwich halves and place in warmed skillet.
Grill on each side until golden brown.
Remove from pan and allow to rest for 3 minutes before slicing in half and serving!
Serve with a green salad or bowl of hot tomato soup.
Recipe adapted from Joy The Baker