Sous Chef Sunday: Grilled Mac N Cheese Sandwich

If you’ve never had a mac n cheese grilled cheese sandwich, then you’ve never really lived. It’s exactly what it sounds like: creamy macaroni and cheese stuffed into a sandwich with extra sharp cheddar and grilled until melty inside and golden browned to perfection on the outside. Some of you skeptic, health-conscious folk might be thinking that’s just way too much starch in one sandwich. WRONG! Those were my initial thoughts too, but alas, that is not the case. The starchy side and the sandwich aspect work harmoniously well together, creating a euphoric eating experience unlike any other. It’s a fusion of the ultimate comfort foods that results in a beautiful soul food hybrid. This, my friends, is heaven.

This recipe makes two sandwiches at once. Needing more than that? Just double the recipe as needed. I’ve always got to make 3 ‘batches’. Wanting to dial back the cheesiness a bit? You can opt out of adding the extra slices of cheddar? Even the cheese is flexible? Don’t like cheddar? American works well. Prefer a white cheddar macaroni and cheese? Use white cheddar slices, or even mozzarella or provolone. Cheese is very forgiving. 🙂

Grilled Mac N Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich

4 slices Sourdough (or other dense bread)
1½ cups leftover Macaroni & Cheese
8 slices American or Cheddar Cheese
2 tbsp Butter


1. In a small nonstick skillet place heat ¾ cup of mac & cheese over medium heat.
2. Once warm (about 3-4 minutes), shape mac & cheese into a pile about the size of the bread and top with 2 slices of cheese.
3. Turn off heat.
4. Butter 2 slices of bread.
5. Place bread butter side down in another skillet over medium heat.
6. Top one of the bread slices with 2 slices cheese.
7. Use spatula to lift corner and check done-ness.
8. When lightly browned turn off heat. Use spatula to transfer mac & cheese rectangle onto cheese covered bread in the skillet.
9. Cover with the other bread slice, toasted side up. Gently press together with spatula and transfer to a plate.
10. Serve immediately.

15 thoughts on “Sous Chef Sunday: Grilled Mac N Cheese Sandwich

  1. So, I’m literally sitting here… eating mac & cheese… REALLY delicious mac & cheese. And RIGHT before i saw your post I thought “I’ve GOT to try this in a grilled cheese sometime…” and then POOF, this post appeared. Kinda freaky. Needless to say, I’m definitely going to be trying this. It has The Cozy Cook written all over ittttt! I’ve been a fan of your grilled cheese variations for a while now!! 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday Meaghan!

  2. wow, this has got to be illegal!!! There’s way too much comfort in that sandwich, I feel like I shouldn’t look directly at it or I’ll go into a deep slumber haha! But on a serious note, it looks soooo yummy and the ultimate in comfort food!

  3. What a great idea, your Mac N Cheese looks so good. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Do you brown the 4 slices of buttered bread all at the same time? Or just make one sandwich at a time. Is the 1 1/2 cups of Mac & Cheese enough for 2 sandwiches? Or just one sandwich?

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