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Oven-Baked Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Oven-Baked Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Take your favorite pizza flavors and apply them to grilled cheese! We keep it simple here with jarred marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sliced pepperoni, but feel free to add olives, mushrooms, spinach, or another favorite topping. The secret to making grilled cheese in the oven is to sandwich them between a pair of sheet pans, and preheat the top one to add weight and another surface for crispy bread. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Ashley Strickland Freeman.


  • 12 slices ciabatta bread (or crusty sandwich bread)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (softened, or mayonnaise)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (1 jar is 24 ounces)
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese (pre-sliced cheese)
  • 4 oz. pepperoni slices
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    1. Position a rack in the bottom of the oven, set a sheet pan on top, and preheat the oven to 450°F.
    2. Spread 6 slices of bread with half of the butter and place, buttered sides down, on a second sheet pan.
    3. Spread each bread slice on the sheet pan with 1 to 2 tablespoons marinara sauce and top with 2 slices of cheese. Top with pepperoni and the remaining bread slices. Spread the tops with the remaining butter.
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    Calories610Calories from Fat370
    Total Fat41g63%
    Saturated Fat21g105%
    Trans Fat0g
    Calories from Fat370
    Total Carbohydrate38g13%
    Dietary Fiber5g20%
    Vitamin A35%
    Vitamin C4%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    It came out great. It was a huge hit with my boys. Quick and easy weeknight meal, we will be making them again.
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    Kris 2 months ago
    Super easy and family loved, however as other reviewers have stated, my bottom bread was soggy. I will do as others have next time and just flip the sandwiches (plus then will only have 1 dirty pan). Will make again
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    Edward Bryant 6 months ago
    great. fantastic. easy
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    Anderson 6 months ago
    followed the directions to a T but added italian seasoning, shredded chicken and dipped in ranch. recommend adding 2 or 3 jalapeño slices and you could sell these bad boys!
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    Don Sutherland 6 months ago
    Fantastic, very tasty and easy to make. I changed the recipe a bit. Used Texas toast, topped the pepperoni with another cheese slice , meat slice and cheese slice. Cooked at 425 for 14 mins. Was a gooey cheesy delight and very filling. Will definitely make again. Note: be sure to follow the baking directions , using two cookie sheets. No need to flip the sandwich. Highly recommend.
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    Kathleen Joyner 8 months ago
    Loved the taste and so easy to make. The bottom bread ended up soggy. Next time I will grill the bread prior to placing in the oven and flip halfway through.
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    Kenneth Moore 8 months ago
    It was great. I used Texas toast instead oh the ciabatta
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    Carissa Campbell 9 months ago
    I used Ciabatta buns for the bread. Instead of using two sheet pans I flipped the sandwiches at the half point. And I put garlic salt in the butte. Over all they were pretty good. And my kids enjoyed helping make them and eating them.
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    Kelley 10 months ago
    Delicious! Kids really enjoyed making and eating it…definitely will add more sauce and cheese - but worth making it again!
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    Kimberley B. a year ago
    it was good!! will make again!!
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    Jesike Anderson a year ago
    This is one of the best sandwiches I ever tasted! Everything just tastes perfect!
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    Jen Liedkie a year ago
    ingenious idea for second pan !!!!! sooooo doing this....
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    Bryan Menjivar a year ago
    delicious nice easy quick and cheesy
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    Charles Ivey a year ago
    burned the first batch but the second came out good with regular bread
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    jvic60 2 years ago
    turned out great. huge hit with the kids
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    Kacie Kraft 2 years ago
    So good and so easy. We had additional fillings out to add- chopped artichoke hearts, diced olives, etc. Everyone enjoyed this.
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    Christian Hartley 2 years ago
    Tasty, crispy, not too much pepperoni or tang at all. The kids loved it as a heavy lunch.
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    Cimbalo 2 years ago
    Quick and easy. Recc using pizza sauce vs marinara and adding an extra slice of cheese
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    Bord 2 years ago
    I made some for me and my brothers and they liked it and asked for more! It was hard to get it out of the oven tho
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    Tennant 2 years ago
    It was a enjoyed by half the family, the other half preferred just a grilled cheese sandwich. It was fun using the heated sheet pan to cook the sandwiches.
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    Jena Wolgemuth 2 years ago
    Delicious, and everyone in the family ate it! Super easy and a quick school-night staple.
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    Geraldine Thomas 2 years ago
    delicious! i made it for lunch and the kids gobbled them all up. the hot-baking-sheet on-top technique toasts the tops very nicely!
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    Nick Reynolds 2 years ago
    I followed the directions to the word and they turned out great. Made for a quick little lunch with a splash of variety from the normal. I would say add an extra slice of cheese and to sandwich the pepperonis between the cheese. I am a big fan of cheese though; so i may be a little bias. Overall simple and delicious meal, that I plan to cook again.
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    Darna Williams 2 years ago
    This was lovely and really enjoyed by the kids. My marinara was tomato and bacon which gave an extra nice taste alongside the smoky pepperoni which I used instead of Italian hot and spicy. I made this as an open sandwich splitting a ciabatta longways rather then sandwich style
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    Amanda Goodner 2 years ago
    I used one slice of mozzarella and one slice of cheddar for each one. The family loved them.
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    Zachary Broadfoot 2 years ago
    Delicious, quick, and easy!!
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    Cisco A. 2 years ago
    These turned out great! Although the hot pan on top, was not hot enough to toast the bread. No problem, I just flipped the sandwiches over, and toasted them for 5 more minutes.
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    Mara Westman 2 years ago
    I followed the recipe pretty loosely (didn't follow exact measurments) but they turned out pretty tasty. I recommend the mariara dipping sauce to overcome all of the bread. If you pre-cut the sandwiches in half, they would work great for a party.
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    Kristina Woods 2 years ago
    These were very good. I did just as the recipe said except I added mushrooms and some red chili pepper flakes for some spice. My husband ate 4 sandwiches himself. I served this as dinner and he usually doesn’t go for sandwiches for dinner but he said he would eat these any day of the week. My husband is a health care worker and has been working crazy hours during this pandemic. This is the perfect recipe to throw together quickly when he gets home at whatever time he gets home. I highly recommend.
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    Westley Branch 2 years ago
    could use more cheese and marinara sauce