Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe (2024)


As you will learn if you visit this site regularly, we love cheese here in the Robinson house. While I know it’s not always the healthiest addition to a meal, sometimes, there’s just no way around it. Especially when you’ve got hungry and possibly cranky (and picky) kids needing to eat.And that is certainly the case with this super easy-to-make, Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe.

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I know what you’re probably thinking – Post #2 and this Real Food by Dad guy professes to have created the perfect grilled cheese sandwich? Actually, I don’t blame you for thinking that. However, this statement comes from my wife and sons. And to them, it has everything to do with the addition of roasted red pepper sauce as well as the pesto. These give the sandwich the little kick that is needed to turn a boring grilled cheese sandwich into something that’s a huge hit and future regular and easy-to-make meal for the family. And while I know grilled cheese sandwiches have gotten crazy fancy and overly creative nowadays (and expensive at many restaurants), this one is an awesome, stepped-up version for under a dollar each. Perfect for a quick and yummy lunch for the kids!

While the red pepper sauce and pesto get all the credit, I think it’s also due to two other ingredients: thechoice of cheese – Provolone, which gives the sandwich a full-flavored taste, as opposed to the traditional use of cheddar cheese. And also, the use of mayonnaise on the outside of each side of the sandwich, which allows it to cook faster and brown evenly.

Optionally, you can also sprinkle Parmesan cheese on both sides prior to grilling for added flavor.

Yield: 1

Roasted Pepper & Pesto Grilled Cheese

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Prep Time10 minutes

Total Time10 minutes


  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 teaspoons pesto
  • 2 teaspoons roasted red pepper spread
  • 1 slice provolone
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise


  1. 1. Heat skillet over medium heat. Spread pesto on the inside of one bread slice and red pepper sauce on another. Place cheese in between two slices. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of both slices of bread.2. Place assembled sandwich in pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.*Optionally: Sprinkle and press grated parmesan onto mayonnaise spread for added flavor and crunch.

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15 comments to "How to make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich "

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    April 16, 2014 AT 10:36AM

    Love this stepped up version of the boring grilled cheese! This kind of grilled sandwich ROCKS with all that flavor going on up in there! Pinned 🙂

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    April 16, 2014 AT 1:40PM

    Yum, this certainly does sound delicious. And if your family calls it perfect than perfect it is. : ) I like the idea of adding mayo to the outside of the sandwich, sounds fun to try.

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      April 16, 2014 AT 2:26PM

      Thank you Crystal! Much less fat with mayo too

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    Cooking Classy

    April 18, 2014 AT 11:11AM

    Love this melty grilled cheese pic! It looks like the perfect grilled cheese to me. Awesome job for a second post, so impressive!

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      April 18, 2014 AT 12:32PM

      Thank you so much Jaclyn!

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    Tutti Dolci

    April 25, 2014 AT 7:53PM

    This is my dream grilled cheese, love the pesto!

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      April 25, 2014 AT 9:30PM

      Thanks so much @tuttidolci:disqus, the pesto makes the sandwich sooo good. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Julie Murkerson

    May 2, 2014 AT 4:43AM

    LOVE the pesto in this. What a fun way to kick up a grilled cheese sandwich!

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      May 2, 2014 AT 8:14AM

      Same here Julie, thank you!

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    May 12, 2014 AT 11:01AM

    I LOVE the flavor combo! Grilled cheese is one of my all-time favorites when it comes to cheesy comfort food =)

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      May 12, 2014 AT 11:08AM

      Thank you Jenn!

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    nicole (

    August 29, 2014 AT 7:39AM

    Sounds delicious! And a fine food styling job you did here, too!

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      August 29, 2014 AT 11:03AM

      Thanks so much, Nicole!

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    June 7, 2015 AT 10:20AM

    Any brand name suggestions for the pesto and the red pepper spread?

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