Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese

Because simplicity is what I adore about the margherita pizza, I wanted to take the same approach here. The sauce is only a few ingredients – crushed fire-roasted canned tomatoes (I like to use San Marzano or Muir Glen ), plenty of sugar (I like a sweet sauce for Margherita pizza), salt, garlic and olive oil. It’s simmered for just a few minutes until all the flavors come together, then cooled to room temperature.

The sauce is spooned on to two slices of sourdough (you could also use a ciabatta or other hearty bread), covered in slices of fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzled with a touch of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

The outsides of each slice are brushed with butter and cooked in a hot cast-iron skillet until each side is golden brown, crispy and the cheese has melted completely and started to ooze out the sides of the bread.

Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese

All your favorite ingredients from a classic pizza Margherita stuffed in between two slices of bread.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted


  1. In a small sauce pan, heat olive oil and garlic over a medium heat. Saute until softened, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, stir to combine. Cook for one minute. Add tomatoes, salt and sugar, whisk until tomato paste is fully incorporated.Simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle to a medium heat.
  3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of sauce on each slice of bread. Top with four ounces of slices of cheese. Top with 4-5 leaves of basil.
  4. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the other two pieces of bread, sauce side down on cheese and basil. Brush tops with butter. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Place sandwich butter-side down in a skillet heat to medium (work in batches if needed), brush other side with butter. Cook until golden brown and crispy on each side and the cheese is melted. (If you are having a hard time getting the cheese to melt, pop into a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.

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