Grilled cheese sandwiches are kicked up a notch with the addition of pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, creating pizza grilled cheese sandwiches.

It was a cloudy day in San Diego today, perfect weather for these pizza grilled cheese sandwiches. Does anyone else feel like their energy level is significantly influenced by the weather? For me, sunny days mean I’m hopping with energy, but cloudy days sap all the strength out of me and I just want to curl into bed.

So, obviously we’re taking a slight break from the healthy recipes. It’s all about balance right? I don’t feel too guilty because at least I’m keeping up some other resolutions. Okay maybe just one other. But that’s better than nothing.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of my face before I start getting wrinkles and can no longer turn back time. The last few years, I’ve definitely been skating by on my Asian genes. My nighttime skincare routine was maybe slapping on some cream before bed if I remembered.

During a Christmas party, some of the girls started talking about beauty treatments, facial masks, etc. And that made me realize that I really needed to start taking better of my skin and should have started long before. So I started researching Korean skincare because Korean actresses have the most amazing skin and they are obsessed with facial skincare. Their regime consists of 10+ products and steps. Yikes. I bought what I thought were the essentials (which were not cheap!) and so far I’ve been really good at keeping it up every night.

I have to confess though, I don’t see any difference yet. I’ll give it some more time.

Since I’ve been keeping up with my skincare regime, I don’t feel as guilty about posting about these pizza grilled cheese sandwiches. These were so good, especially with all that sauce and stretchy cheese. I really love pizza-izing dishes.

If you like this recipe, you can check out my other grilled cheese creations:

Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich

Burrito Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Chicken Enchilada Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 3


  • 6 slices of bread (I used French bread)
  • 3 tbsp butter spread
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese (I used low fat; you can also use slices of mozzarella)
  • 21 slices of pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni)
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce


1. Spread about 1/2 tbsp butter on one side of each slice of bread.

2. Spread 1/4 cup of cheese on three slices of bread, on top of un-buttered side. Spread 7 slices of pepperoni on top of cheese for each of the three slices . Spread 1/4 cup of marinara sauce on top of pepperoni for each of the three slices. Spread another 1/4 cup of cheese on top of the sauce. Place remaining slices of bread on top, to form sandwiches (with butter side facing up).

3. Place frying pan on stove and turn to medium heat. Once hot, carefully place one sandwich in the frying pan, cooking the bottom  buttered side until golden and toasty and the cheese is melty. Then carefully flip over and cook until other side is also toasty and cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. If cheese does not melt to your desired consistency, you can briefly microwave sandwich for about 10-15 seconds before eating.


19 Responses to “Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. Kimberly | Chic & Sugar — January 21, 2015 at 2:32 am

    This grilled cheese looks delish! I bet my kids would love a change from the same old grilled cheese. I need to amp up my skincare routine!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 21st, 2015 @ 11:12 am

      I really loved this! It might be my fav grilled cheese creation yet, but then I’m a big pizza lover.

  2. Beth — January 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Those look pretty awesome! We’d probably add the usual pizza veggies instead of the pepperoni (not that we have anything against pepperoni). 

    • Kirbie replied: — January 22nd, 2015 @ 10:39 am

      Yes, I’m sure it tastes great with whatever pizza toppings of your choice. My husband just really loves pepperoni on his pizza

  3. Ricky — January 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Lord have mercy!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 22nd, 2015 @ 11:53 pm

      haha, thanks!

  4. Sylvie — February 10, 2015 at 10:18 am

    That’s a great great idea, so deliciously original!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 10th, 2015 @ 11:50 pm


  5. Ben — May 7, 2015 at 3:44 am

    We make these all the time in a mountain pie maker, which is a cast iron cooking untensil. They are a camping staple.

    • Kirbie replied: — May 7th, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      I dont go camping, but that sounds like a great way to make it!

  6. ReniC in Az — June 1, 2015 at 9:06 am

    To make the flavor pop even more, use sourdough bread and sprinkle parmesan cheese on the butter before putting in the pan. Splendidly yummy!

    • Kirbie replied: — June 1st, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

      nice idea!

  7. Erlene — August 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    This is perfect for my “big kids” for home lunch. I hope you don’t mind that I use this in a round-up with a link back. 

  8. Franceska Sethman — May 7, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Any suggestions for another kind of sauce? We have tomato allergies. Thank you. This looks amazing

    • Kirbie replied: — May 10th, 2016 @ 9:43 am

      Maybe a white sauce or even no sauce at all and instead add your favorite pizza toppings?

  9. Toni — June 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I pinned this some time ago and have also made this numerous times. What I can’t believe is how many times it has been repined. This is a great and fast sandwich, thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Kirbie replied: — June 22nd, 2016 @ 8:40 am

      I’m surprised at that too! I do love it but had no idea it would be so popular. Glad you like it too!

  10. Courtney — July 9, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Something simple and it was good

    • Kirbie replied: — July 11th, 2016 @ 9:04 am

      glad you liked it!

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