Spicy Grilled Mac And Cheese Sandwich

So you have just a little mac and cheese leftover from yesterday’s meal? Don’t throw it away! It makes one killer spicy sandwich. Seriously, this spicy grilled Mac and cheese sandwich recipe will make you seriously look at this classic side in a whole different light. And, of course, it tastes even better with a fresh batch of macaroni and cheese, so there’s every reason to cook some up for a fun lunch creation.

Spicy Grilled Mac And Cheese Sandwich
Spicy grilled mac and cheese – a delicious way to use up those leftovers

The heat is provided by crushed red pepper. The current amount provides a light sizzle, so increase or decrease the amount to your preferred heat level. You can also cut it out completely and just enjoy this delicious sandwich heat-free.

Want a soup to pair it with? You can go classic with a Mexican tomato soup. Or for something a little different, try a chipotle carrot soup. Earthy, smoky, and sweet all in one.

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Spicy Grilled Mac And Cheese Sandwich

A tasty way to use up those Mac and cheese leftovers!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 849 kcal


  • 3/4 cup macaroni and cheese
  • 2 slices thick bread sourdough works well
  • 3 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • If the macaroni and cheese is cold (leftovers), heat the mac and cheese by placing it in a non stick pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Butter one side of each piece of your bread, then in a separate pan place the bread butter face-down over medium heat. Place a slice of cheddar on each piece and allow the cheese to melt while grilling the bread to a golden brown.
  • Shape the mac and cheese into a square that will fit onto your bread of choice, then top the mac and cheese with the remaining slice of cheddar and allow the cheddar to melt. Sprinkle the melted cheese with the crushed red pepper.
  • Transfer the mac and cheese square to one of the pieces of bread, then top with the other (grilled side up). If needed, continue to grill until the sandwich is golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove from heat, slice in half, and serve.


Calories: 849kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 33gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1645mgPotassium: 324mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1157IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 516mgIron: 6mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 18, 2024 to include new content.
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