Sun Dried Tomato Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese

04.12.2018

Who could resist this fresh and flavorful twist on grilled cheese? This Sun Dried Tomato Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese is a must try grilled cheese sandwich! It’s loaded with three kinds of cheese and it has that delicious flavor combo of sun dried tomatoes and spinach.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sara Lee® Bread. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sun Dried Tomato Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese

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April is National Grilled Cheese Month! What better way to celebrate than this hearty grilled cheese? It’s perfect for lunch or dinner. It really just makes that plain old cheddar grilled cheese sandwich seem ultra boring!

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Layered together over soft cracked wheat bread is steamed fresh spinach, fresh basil, creamy ricotta, rich provolone, salty parmesan, and those rich ultra flavorful sun dried tomatoes.

Sound good yet??

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This is a grilled cheese I’ll want to make time and time again! I’ve already made it twice and can’t stop thinking about it.

Sun Dried Tomato Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese

For this recipe I used Sara Lee® Artesano™ Golden Wheat Bread. I love this new bread! It’s soft, it has a great flavor and it holds up well as a base to all your favorite sandwiches. Sara Lee Artesano Golden Wheat Bread is the ORIGINAL artisan-style sliced bread. Sliced thick with a mouthwateringly soft texture and rich flavor plus:

  • A touch of honey, olive oil and sea salt
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors

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How to Make Grilled Cheese

Back to basics. To make grilled cheese I like to lightly butter both sides of the bread, and always use a sturdy bread. Then add in your favorite cheeses and cook in a non-stick skillet over medium – to medium-low heat (here I go with medium-low so that cheese filling will have enough time to melt). Cook just until the bottom is golden brown then flip and continue to cook until golden brown on bottom. Here I also cover it with a lid while it’s cooking to trap in the heat, again to help all that cheese melt.

For this recipe you can also sauté the spinach. To do so, rinse and drain but leave the water that clings to the leaves. Then add about 1 Tbsp olive oil to a skillet and sauté the spinach until it just wilts (covering with a lid will make it go faster). Dab dry with paper towels.

Then feel free to use oil packed tomatoes or those in the pouch. I opt for those in the pouch for less fat/calories but either works great here.

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Sun Dried Tomato Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese

5 from 1 vote

This is such an easy to make, flavorful lunch or dinner! It's made with three kinds of cheese, fresh spinach and those zesty sun dried tomatoes. This is one of those recipes you'll want to make again and again!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 536 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. shredded unsmoked provolone cheese (or dice up deli slices)
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 Tbsp finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 small garlic cloves, minced (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups (slightly packed) fresh spinach
  • 4 slices Sara Lee Artesano Golden Wheat Bread
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 Tbsp minced sun dried tomatoes*
  • 8 tsp butter, softened

Instructions

  1. In a bowl stir together provolone, ricotta, parmesan and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste, set aside.

  2. In a medium pot bring 1/2-inch water to a boil then place a steamer basket in pot.

  3. Add in spinach, cover with lid and let steam until just wilted, about 1 - 2 minutes. 

  4. Transfer spinach to paper towels and fold paper towels over spinach to remove excess moisture.

  5. Butter both sides of bread slices with 1 tsp butter.

  6. On two slices of bread evenly layer spinach and basil.

  7. Then layer over ricotta mixture and sprinkle and lightly press sun dried tomatoes into ricotta mixture. 

  8. Top with remaining slices of bread.

  9. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. 

  10. Add sandwiches, cover and cook until golden brown on bottom, about 4 - 6 minutes.

  11. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown on bottom and cheese has melted through, about 2 minutes longer (reduce burner temp slightly as needed to prevent bread from browning too much).

  12. Serve immediately.

  13. *If using sun dried tomatoes in oil dab off all excess oil with paper towels.

  14. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Sun Dried Tomato Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 536 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 841mg 35%
Potassium 648mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 55%
Vitamin C 32.8%
Calcium 47.6%
Iron 14.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sara Lee Bread. The opinions and text are all mine.

7 comments

  • Jocelyn: We loved these! I steamed my spinach in the microwave because I don’t have a steamer basket. Also, I cooked the sandwiches on a panini pan. Thank you for a terrific way to use up ricotta. Five stars! April 26, 2018 at 7:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked this grilled cheese Jocelyn! And yes I love that it gives something to do with that leftover bit of ricotta :). April 27, 2018 at 9:19am Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Such a fab grilled cheese, love the sundried tomatoes! April 15, 2018 at 10:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Laura! April 16, 2018 at 12:28pm Reply

  • Demetra: This is one fantastic looking grilled cheese. I love this combination of flavors. April 13, 2018 at 5:51pm Reply

  • Karen Carpino: Best grilled cheese sandwich I ever had. It had. ALL of my favorite ingredients. It was so DELICIOUS. I must say it was MAGNIFICENT
    I will definitely make this recipe over and over again. April 13, 2018 at 7:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Karen, thanks for your review! April 13, 2018 at 10:00am Reply

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