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These grilled cheese roll ups make a delicious snack or easy meal for busy weeknights. Both kids and adults will love these!

Several Grilled Cheese Roll Ups With Pesto on a serving plate.

We all need an easy meal we can throw together last minute. This delicious spin on a traditional grilled cheese sandwich is great as a side to soup or as a main meal or even snack.

Types Of Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

You can make a grilled cheese roll up any way you like. There are a lot of additions that many folks will enjoy. Here are some examples you might want to try.

Plain Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

To make these plain like a regular grilled cheese sandwhich, the only thing you’ll put on the bread is cheese. Use your favorite cheese in either sliced or shredded. But slices tend to be a little less messy with the roll up process and give you more even coverage.

Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

If you want to add bacon to these roll ups, you’ll want to fully cook it separately. It will not cook inside the roll up.

That being said, do not cook it until it’s crispy unless you plan on smashing up the bacon into bacon bits and sprinkling them on. Otherwise, cook them until done but still pliable so they are easy to roll up in the bread.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

This recipe, as well as the video below, show the use of pesto. This is optional, but delicious. I used about one teaspoon of pesto per slice of bread.

And up close view of these Grilled Cheese Roll Ups Recipe With Pesto.

Best Bread For Grilled Cheese

This is subjective and will depend on what breads you enjoy most. But for a grilled cheese roll up, you’ll want sliced bread that is somewhat soft for easy rolling. Hardier breads won’t work well here.

You can make this with or without the crusts.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

If you want to make these in an air fryer to cut down on fats, give each roll up a very light spritz of oil with an oil sprayer.

Air fry for 1 minute from a cold air fryer if your air fryer has a warm up period. Include the warmup in the cooking process.

If your air fryer does not have a warm up process, then air fry for 1½ to 2 minutes.

What You’ll Need

This recipe is for a single roll up. Multiply the recipe by however many you want to make.

1 slice bread – You can leave the crusts on or cut them off. A soft, clean, whole grain bread is best.

1 oz. sliced cheese – You can use your favorite, but cheddar or mozzarella work best.

1 tsp. prepared basil pesto – Again, this is optional, but delicious. Particularly with mozzarella cheese.

Oil or butter – as much as needed for cooking

How To Make Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Assembling The Roll Up

Rolling the slices of bread very flat with a rolling pin.

Using a rolling pin, roll your slice of bread as thin as you can get it.

Pesto smeared on a slice of flatted bread. Pesto is optional in this recipe.

If using pesto, smear it on the bread.

Lining the slice of cheese up with the bottom of the slice of bread.

Line up your slice of cheese with the bottom of your slice of bread, then roll up tightly like a carpet.

Rolling up the slice of bread with cheese like a rug.

Skillet Instructions

Cooking the Grilled Cheese Roll Up in a skillet. They can also be air fried.

Add some oil or butter to the pan and cook the roll up, turning it frequently as it cooks, until it is brown all the way around and the cheese is melted.

Air Fryer Instructions

Spritz the roll up with an oil sprayer, using a very light spray. Set the roll in your air fryer and air fry for one minute.

Serving

Serving the Grilled Cheese Roll Ups with a side of marinara for dipping.

Serve this with a bowl of soup or with marinara for dip!

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Grilled Cheese Roll Ups Recipe

Several Grilled Cheese Roll Ups With Pesto on a serving plate.

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

These make a great side to soup or a main meal or snack. This recipe is for one roll. Multiply as many times as you wish to make your meal!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 roll
Calories: 226kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

CLICK TO WATCH THIS RECIPE IN ACTION!

Equipment

  • Skillet OR air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 slice bread (crusts on or off)
  • 1 oz. sliced cheese (1 slice – any type you prefer on a grilled cheese)
  • 1 tsp. prepared basil pesto (optional)
  • oil or butter for cooking

Instructions

Assembling The Roll Up

  • Using a rolling pin, roll your slice of bread as thin as you can get it.
    Rolling the slices of bread very flat with a rolling pin.
  • If using pesto, smear it on the bread.
    Pesto smeared on a slice of flatted bread. Pesto is optional in this recipe.
  • Line up your slice of cheese with the bottom of your slice of bread.
    Lining the slice of cheese up with the bottom of the slice of bread.
  • Then roll up tightly like a carpet.
    Rolling up the slice of bread with cheese like a rug.

Skillet Instructions

  • Add some oil or butter to the pan and cook the roll up, turning it frequently as it cooks, until it is brown all the way around and the cheese is melted.
    Cooking the Grilled Cheese Roll Up in a skillet. They can also be air fried.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Spritz the roll up with an oil sprayer, using a very light spray. Set the roll in your air fryer and air fry for one minute.
    Air fried grilled cheese roll ups on a plate

Serving

  • Serve this with a bowl of soup or with marinara for dip!
    Serving the Grilled Cheese Roll Ups with a side of marinara for dipping.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll up | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 1mg

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