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two sandwiches stacked on each other with bolognese and cheese spilling out

Bolognese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This Bolognese Sandwich is the ULTIMATE way to use up leftover bolognese. It's easy, ultra cheesy and bursting with flavour!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 2
Calories per serving: 1368kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3


  • Frying Pan & Turner/Spatula
  • Small Pot (for garlic butter)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Fine Grater (for parmesan)


Garlic Butter

  • 4 tbsp / 60g / 2oz Butter, softened/at room temp
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 fat clove of Garlic, finely minced/grated

Bolognese Grilled Cheese

  • 4 thick large slices of Tiger Bread or Sourdough
  • 1 cup Leftover Bolognese, at room temp (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup / 20g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 8 slices of Mozzarella
  • 8 slices of Swiss Cheese (can sub Provolone or Cheddar)


  • In a small pot combine butter, parsley and garlic until smooth and evenly distributed. Make sure the butter is not only softened, but also make sure it's measured/weighed (not heaping tbsp) or you'll end up with way too much butter. Place to one side.
  • In a pan with the heat OFF place two slices of bread. Spread with garlic butter then flip over the bread. Add Swiss (or cheese of choice), then add bolognese, top with parmesan then finish with mozzarella slices. Place the second slice of bread on top and spread with garlic butter.
  • Turn heat to a medium. Don't go any higher or you'll burn the garlic butter, you want to fry fairly low and slow. Once nicely browned on one side flip over and cook the other side until toasty and browned. Finish by garnishing with any leftover parsley/parmesan (optional). Enjoy!

Quick Demo


a) Bolognese - You want bolognese that's fairly thick, otherwise it'll seep out and cause the grilled cheese to go soggy. If your bolognese is on the saucy side consider thickening it in a saucepan then leave it to cool again. Important the bolognese isn't straight out the fridge as it may not completely heat through as it fries. On the contrary don't add bolognese that's steaming hot otherwise it'll make the sandwich go soggy. Room temp is best. If you're looking for a bolognese recipe from scratch check out my Fool-Proof Bolognese on my second blog!
b) Bread - You want nice big thick slices of sturdy bread, just to keep all the filling intact.
c) Order - Important to spread the bolognese in the centre, not directly on the bread or it'll make the bread go soggy.
Nutrition Facts
Bolognese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1368 Calories from Fat 819
% Daily Value*
Fat 91.04g140%
Saturated Fat 52.389g327%
Trans Fat 0.572g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.039g
Monounsaturated Fat 27.864g
Cholesterol 318mg106%
Sodium 1469mg64%
Potassium 701mg20%
Carbohydrates 39.12g13%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 6.17g7%
Protein 93.38g187%
Vitamin A 2427IU49%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 1711mg171%
Iron 6.35mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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