White Pizza Grilled Cheese

Please, walk away right now if you don’t like cheese. Seriously, if you’re a hater of melty, gooey goodness, you best leave. Stop reading, hit that little X in the upper right hand corner.

Still with me? Yeah, I thought so. I’m still here too. Sigh … what can I say. Beautiful cheese … it’s a weakness. A glorious weakness.

Today I’ve got something super, duper cheesy. Ridiculously cheesy. Almost too cheesy. And garlicky and herby, too. It’s a grilled cheese sandwich modeled after white pizza. White Pizza Grilled Cheese.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese recipe - All the flavors of classic white pizza in the form of grilled cheese goodness.

Surely you’ve heard of – and enjoyed – classic white pizza? We’ve got garlic. We’ve got olive oil. We’ve got mozzarella. Maybe some Parmesan, maybe some ricotta, definitely a few herbs like basil or oregano. Slapped on a perfect pizza crust, baked into pure excellence. Simple, straightforward food at its finest.

So, you know, I thought I’d take something perfect and bastardize it a little bit. If I’m breaking any cardinal rules of food, well … I don’t really care, because I’ve discovered a really, really delicious new form of grilled cheese sandwich.

White Pizza Grilled Cheese recipe - All the flavors of classic white pizza in the form of grilled cheese goodness.

First, you mix whole-milk ricotta cheese with olive oil, minced garlic, fresh basil and oregano, kosher salt, and cracked black pepper. Then you let it marinate for a good long while to let the flavors really develop. Then you spread it on both pieces of bread, and place a thin layer of mozzarella cheese in the middle, and maybe some Parmesan if you’re so inclined.

Rub the outside with a little more garlic, and butter generously.

Then toast until the outside is a perfect, crisp golden brown and the inside …

The inside …

White Pizza Grilled Cheese recipe - All the flavors of classic white pizza in the form of grilled cheese goodness.

Sorry, I’m a little speechless.

Just … you know. Cheese.

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White Pizza Grilled Cheese

All the flavors of classic white pizza in the form of grilled cheese goodness.

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices white bread (6 slices if your bread is on the larger side)
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and halved (for rubbing on the outsides of the bread)
  • Butter


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta, olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Refrigerate for at least an hour (or up to 24 hours) to allow the flavors to develop.
  2. Lay down the bread slices and, using a butter knife, spread the ricotta mixture evenly on each piece. The ricotta mixture should coat the insides of both pieces of bread. Note: If you're using large pieces of bread, you may want to make more of the ricotta mixture, or only make two or three sandwiches instead of four).
  3. Lay the mozzarella slices evenly on every other piece of bread (one side of each sandwich). Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and close the sandwiches by place both cheesy insides together.
  4. Rub the outsides of the sandwiches with the cut side of the garlic clove, then butter both sides generously.
  5. In a large frying pan over medium-low heat, cook the sandwiches, flipping often, until they're golden-brown on the outside and the cheese is melted inside, about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

Prep time does not include 1 hour refrigeration time. Note - you don't HAVE to refrigerate the ricotta, I just like to because it helps to develop the flavors.

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56 Responses to “White Pizza Grilled Cheese”

  1. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on September 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This? Looks AMAZING! Somehow fall always makes me want grilled cheese for lunch…

    • Kare replied on September 12th, 2012 on 3:03 pm

      Yes! We had some blustery days blow in and all I could think about was grilled cheese!

  2. Laina posted on September 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    You are Evil!! But in a good way can’t wait to lay this on the family for the next grilled cheese & tomato soup night. Thanks

    • Kare replied on September 12th, 2012 on 1:34 pm

      Ha ha ha (evil laugh). ;) We had it with lentil soup which felt a little … not quite right. Tomato would, of course, be perfect.

  3. Jessica posted on September 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Holy shnikes. This looks amazing! White pizza is my husband’s favorite – I’ll have to surprise him with this sandwich soon. Did you use fresh water-packed mozzarella? That stuff gets so creamy and gooey when it melts – I love it. I need to make this sandwich.

    • Kare replied on September 13th, 2012 on 10:54 am

      Hey Jessica! No, I used plain old shrink-wrapped, low-moisture version of mozzarella because I was afraid of sogginess. If you try it please let me know how it turns out!

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  5. Nicole posted on September 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Oh me,oh my! Looks amazing.

  6. Med School Mom posted on September 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love white pizza. Can’t wait to try this.

  7. Jamila S Tazewell (@jamilastarwater) posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    you’re a genius. thank you

  8. Trixie posted on September 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    It’s absolutely delicious!!!

  9. Paula posted on September 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Could you use something other than ricotta cheese?

    • Kare replied on September 22nd, 2012 on 8:22 am

      Hi Paula,

      I think the ricotta kind of makes the sandwich, but maybe try shredding the mozzarella and then mixing the herbs and garlic in with that? Possibly even add a little mayo (sounds gross but I bet it would totally work) to make it into a spread and spread that on and melt it. You could also try cream cheese in place of the ricotta, I’d just maybe use a little less. If you try any substitutions, please come back and let me know how it turns out!

      • Laureth replied on April 15th, 2014 on 7:54 pm

        tofu! When I make lasagne, I substitute firm or extra firm tofu for half of the ricotta. Its tastes the same, adds some more protein and greatly reduces the “spill factor” of the usual hot lasagne. I will definitely try this with tofu.

    • Laura replied on September 22nd, 2012 on 7:23 pm

      Try using cottage cheese as a substitute for ricotta…I know that works great for me in lasagna!

    • Shunnay replied on January 3rd, 2013 on 8:25 pm

      yes yes yes. I substitute ricotta for Feta EVERY TIME. Yum!

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  11. Diane posted on September 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I am going to add a bit of sun dried tomato

  12. Kelli posted on September 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Shut the front door! This looks Ah.May.Zing. Can’t wait to try this. Found it on pinterest btw, and most definitely pinning.

  13. Brittney posted on October 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I’m not even a swearing woman, but I just saw those pictures and read through the recipe and just thought to myself, “Oh. My. Hell.” I can’t even remember what I was thinking about before I saw that. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  14. Cher posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Yum! Great idea! Just pinned it.

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  16. Hannah posted on October 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    This would be really good with some sliced red onions on it! And bacon… But I guess everything is better with bacon :)

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  19. Leigh Anne Farrell posted on November 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    it is delicious! We used only basil, provolone and part skim ricotta on sour dough bread. Heaven. Paradise. Nirvana.

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  21. crissy posted on December 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

    There are no words to describe how good this looks

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  23. Sherri posted on February 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    OH MY GOD, YOU ARE A GENIUS! (Think Dick from Third rock from the sun saying this, lol). After wiping the drool from my chin upon reading this culinary mastery, I am making my own White pizza grilled cheese pronto! Cannot believe it never entered my mind to play around with the ingredients for a simple grilled cheese sandwich before! Wonderful idea~!

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  26. June Chan posted on April 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    This recipe is pure genius. Soooo freaking delicious. I grew up in MY and love in rural MD now and just miss simple white pizza. I think this is even better than actual white pizza. I sliced a loaf of ciabatta bread from the grocery store and rubbed garlic before and lightly after grilling too. Yum. Yum. YUM. Thanks for this!!!

  27. Amanda posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    This looks amazing. It would be a delicious entry in the Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown. http://GrilledCheeseAcademy.com

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  29. Bacon and Beer posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    The lies, oh the little lies:
    “Prep time
    10 mins”

    “Refrigerate for at least an hour (or up to 24 hours) ..”

    • Karen Troughton replied on May 15th, 2013 on 5:37 am

      That’s actually a really good point. I’ll add a note clarifying.

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  31. Amy posted on July 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I made these last night, we all LOVED them! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

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  34. Annette posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    This recipe is absolutely brilliant. I know enough about food to know that it will be incredibly delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

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  38. Brandi posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Making these tonight for dinner and very excited about it! Thinking of sticking some mushrooms an left over chopped spinach in there to (my fav kind of white pizza) thanks for the recipe!

    • Karen Troughton replied on December 1st, 2013 on 12:24 pm

      Hi Brandi, I hope you loved it! Chopped spinach and mushrooms sound like a fine addition to me. :)

  39. Brandi posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Making these tonight for dinner and very excited about it! Thinking of sticking some mushrooms an left over chopped spinach in there to (my fav kind of white pizza) thanks for the recipe!

  40. Brandi posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Making these tonight for dinner and very excited about it! Thinking of sticking some mushrooms an left over chopped spinach in there to (my fav kind of white pizza) thanks for the recipe!

  41. Stephanie posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

    We call this the “rich people grilled cheese” in our house. I can’t tell you the last time we made a regular American cheese grilled sandwich in our house, thanks to this recipe! It’s amazing and it really is a hearty dinner. Thank you!!

    • Karen Troughton replied on January 21st, 2014 on 4:32 pm

      That is hilarious! I’m so glad you love this sandwich. You know, it’s been awhile since I’ve made this – I need to remedy that! :) Thanks, Stephanie!

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