Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese {recipe}

Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese

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Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese
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The following recipe is for a Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese only: garlic buttered bread, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, fresh basil, thinly sliced meatball (you’d be surprised how far a single meatball goes when you slice it!) and drenched in a tomato sauce. Choose from any number of recipes for meatballs here, and this is our favorite recipe for a very basic tomato sauce.
Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese Sandwich

makes 1 sandwich


2 slices of sturdy bread
2 tablespoons softened butter mixed with 1 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or more)
1 very large meatball, carefully sliced into about 4 or 5 rounds, warmed (find a meatball recipe here, even vegetarian!)
¼ cup toamto/marinara sauce, warmed (this is our simple tomato sauce recipe here)
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
fresh basil, chiffonade
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoon olive oil


Spread both slice of bread with garlic butter. Top each half with ¼ cup each of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium low heat. Place both slices of bread in pan with cheese facing up. Allow the bread to brown and the cheese melt. It will take about 6 or 7 minutes.

Remove grilled bread from pan. If your meatball is cold (leftover) gently warm the slices in the pan, then remove to another plate.

On one slice of bread, carefully arrange the warm/hot meatball slices. Spoon marinara sauce over meatballs, then sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Add a few ribbons of fresh basil, then cover the sandwich with the top half of the bread. Firmly press the sandwich together.

by Sarah J. Gim on April 14, 2012 · 11 comments

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura April 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Holy yum. It’s like a meatball sub, but on crack. I know what I’m doing with my leftovers next time!


bink & boo April 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

This is simply a beautiful looking sandwich. It’s rustically delicious and I can’t wait to make it!


roxx May 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I think these are amazing enough to warrant making a batch of meatballs and sauce on purpose to make these . . . great photos, btw, too!!!


Dale May 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Another stupid sandwich that is too tall to eat. What the hell is the point of making food that can’t be eaten.


Sarah J. Gim May 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

hi dale! it actually wasn’t too tall to eat at all. in fact, that’s precisely why it’s made with meatballs that have been thinly sliced (unlike those meatballs subs with whole meatballs). if it look too tall in the second photo, it’s only because i cut the sandwich in half and stacked the two halves (for the picture, to show the insides).

thanks for the comment anyway.

Kevin @ Closet Cooking June 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Now that is a tasty looking grilled cheese!


Angela October 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

OMG, this looks so good! I’m going to make this on the weekend for sure.


Gina December 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

oh this looks amazing, heading to the kitchen to make it right now!!


Ursa March 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

This is something I normally wouldn’t make at home but the pictures somehow got me interested! It might just be a little bit difficult to eat since it’s so big. However I am absolutely sure that I will find a way!


Amarie at The April 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website:


Mikala July 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

this grilled cheese looks so delicious have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? if not, you should! here’s the website


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