Meatball Smash Grilled Cheese

Meatball Smash Grilled Cheese with Pesto, Spaghetti and Marinara Grilled Cheese Social
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serving: 1 serving

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish, no doubt. Pretty much everyone loves it but have you ever thought about making it into a grilled cheese sandwich?! Probably not... We know, it's kind of weird but after some experimentation, we discovered that turning this dish into a sandwich is totally awesome. It's crispy, garlicky, cheesy, and rich – basically, everything that is good in the world. This recipe calls for pre-made ingredients (or leftovers if you will) but you could totally make this from scratch and we're sure it would be even better!


  • 2 slices of bread (try wheat or sourdough)
  • 3 ounces mozzarella
  • 3 to 4 small meatballs (We used Farm Rich's frozen turkey meatballs)
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 1/4 cup cooked spaghetti (al dente)
  • 1 tablespoon marinara sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoon butter (salted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Begin by adding half of the mozzarella onto one slice of bread. Then add the cooked spaghetti, the marinara sauce, all of the meatballs, the pesto, and the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan. Add the other slice of bread and set aside. 

  3. In a small pan or on a panini press, turn the heat to medium and melt 1 pat of butter until it begins to bubble. Once the bubbles begin to fade away, add the sandwich in and cook for a few minutes on each side until both are equally golden and brown.

  4. Once the cheese has melted and the crust has become completely crusty, rub the sandwich's exterior with the garlic clove like you would with bruschetta. Let the sandwich sit for a for a minute until the cheese has thickened up so it doesn't ooze out when you cut into it.

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