Recipe

D is for Dinner: Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This week on All in a Day's D is for Dinner, the team behind gourmet grilled cheese shop MLT DWN share their recipe for a lasagna grilled cheese sandwich.
Rahim and Aly Moloo are bringing their comfort food grilled cheese shop MLT DWN to Ottawa after success in Kingston. (Courtesy MLT DWN)

This week on All in a Day's D is for Dinner food segment, the team behind new Ottawa gourmet grilled cheese shop MLT DWN share their recipe for a lasagna grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients

Tomato Basil Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • ½ onion, chopped (1/8 cup).
  • 3 clove garlic, chopped (1 tbsp).
  • 2 (28-oz) can whole Roma tomatoes.
  • 1 tsp sugar.
  • 2 tsp salt.
  • ¼ tsp dry chili flakes.
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped.

Spinach Ricotta Filling

  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach.
  • 1 tsp olive oil.
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped.
  • 2 tsp salt.
  • ½ tsp black pepper.
  • 1 egg.
  • 1 ½ cups ricotta, drained.

Lasagna

  • 4 (12 x 12) sheets fresh lasagna.
  • 2 cups provolone, grated.
  • 2 cups cheddar, grated.
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated.

Grilled Cheese

  • 8 slices Texas white bread.
  • 1 cup garlic butter.
  • 2 cups provolone cheese, grated.

Directions

Tomato Basil Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat; add chopped onions and stir while cooking for 1-2 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add chopped garlic to the pan; stir and cook for one minute, or until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add canned Roma tomatoes, sugar, salt, dry chili flakes, and fresh chopped basil; stir well, reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove cover, stir, and continue to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes; remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend sauce until smooth and set aside until lasagna assembly.

Spinach Ricotta Filling

  1. Add spinach to a pan with 2 teaspoons of water; cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until spinach wilts; remove spinach from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add garlic and stir while cooking for 30 seconds.
  3. Return wilted spinach to the pan and stir while cooking for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the spinach mixture, drained ricotta, and egg until combined; wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Lasagna

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Pour 1 cup of tomato sauce into the bottom of the pan; lay 1 sheet of pasta over top.
  3. Spread 1 ¼ cup of spinach and ricotta mixture over the sheet of pasta; top with ¾ cup provolone and ¾ cup cheddar. Spread 1 cup of sauce over the cheese.
  4. Lay the second sheet of lasagna over top, followed by another 1 cup of tomato sauce.
  5. Add the third sheet of lasagna over top, followed by another 1 ¼ cup of spinach and ricotta mix, ¾ cup Provolone, and ¾ cup cheddar. Add 1 cup of tomato sauce.
  6. Lay the last sheet of pasta over top. Cover with 1 cup of tomato sauce and remaining cheese.
  7. Cover pan with metal foil and bake for 20 minutes; remove foil and continue baking for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted throughout.
  8. Remove from oven and set aside to cool to room temperature; once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  9. Slice cold lasagna into nine 4 x 4-inch pieces.

Grilled Cheese

  1. Butter 4 slices of Texas bread with garlic butter; place bread butter-side down on a clean surface.
  2. Top each slice of bread with ¼ cup provolone cheese and 2 tablespoons of tomato basil sauce.
  3. Place 1 slice of cooled and cut lasagna on each slice of bread; top each piece of lasagna with 2 tablespoons of tomato basil sauce and ¼ cup provolone cheese.
  4. Butter one side of the remaining 4 slices of bread with remaining garlic butter; place bread, butter-side down, on top of the lasagna.
  5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat; place prepared sandwiches into the pan and cook evenly for 7-10 minutes per side, or until cheese melts and lasagna is heated throughout.
  6. Remove sandwiches from pan, cut on a diagonal, and serve.