I’ve been talking about comfort food all week here. Seriously, who doesn’t love food that warms them from the inside out? Most likely you don’t know what Zupas is, as they are only in a few select Western states, but it is a soup and sandwich restaurant that I just love. I crave it like no other. Especially on Sundays. When they’re closed.
Isn’t that just the worst? Something sounds so good. You’re geared up and ready for all that ooey-gooey melty cheese. You get in the car and get all hyped up for those tastes you’ve been craving. Heck, even your tastebuds are getting ready to throw a party. You just can’t stand it. You’re driving. You’re excited. And then you get to the door and see that all the lights are off and the big “CLOSED SUNDAYS” sign is right in your face.
So you attempt to find something good enough to please those tastebuds that were so dang excited. If you’re anything like me, you just go through the closest Taco Bell drive through at this point and hope it’s at least half as good as what you really wanted.
Ok, so this scenario has happened far too many times. More than once with Zupas especially. For some reason, we would always forget that it was closed Sundays! So I finally took matters into my own hands. I could make this Ultimate Grilled Cheese at home any time I wanted! Seriously. I mean, sure, it tastes better when someone else makes it, but heck, if that’s not on option on Sundays, the only day I really crave Zupas… then make it happen!
- 2 slices of bread of your choice (I just used a whole wheat sandwich bread)
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 slices Muenster cheese
- 2 slices of medium cheddar cheese
- 1/2 roma tomato , sliced
- 1 Tablespoon pesto , homemade or store-bought
Head a large skillet to medium heat and spray with nonstick spray.
Butter the outsides of your bread. Spread pesto on the inside of your bread.
Then layer with Cheddar cheese, tomato, then Muenster cheese. I like to use the cheese as a barrier from the tomatoes to be sure there is no soggy bread!
Then sandwich the two pieces of bread together and place on your hot skillet. Cover with a lid so the cheese will start melting faster.
After about 2-4 minutes, your bread should be nice and browned. Flip the sandwich and brown on the other side.
Once browned and melted, it is ready to slice in half and dig in!