Steve Doocy’s Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe: “Best Sandwich Ever”

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Editor’s note: Steve and Kathy Doocy’s new book, “The Simply Happy Cookbook,” is packed with over 100 recipes to take the stress out of the kitchen. Nothing complicated, everything is delicious. Here’s one of them – and it starts with a story from Steve himself.

My mother used to say, “Rainy days are for naps.

She’s said it so many times that if I woke up and it looked like a wet day, I’d think, “Rainy days are for naps.”

And after lunch, I took a nap.

Now that I’m a parent, I recognize that my mother programmed me like Pavlov with his dog.

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On rainy days, she was stuck inside the house with five kids drinking A&W root beer, so to minimize the craziness she would say, “Rainy day, it’s nap time,” and we were all taking a nap.

We woke up, and she was watching Gene Rayburn on “Match Game.”

My mother was a genius.

Steve and Kathy Doocy are the authors of the new cookbook, “The Simply Happy Cookbook”, which was just published by William Morrow and from which the story and recipe included in this article are adapted.
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By the way, on rainy nap days, she always made us tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

I don’t know why – maybe some item in this combo was inducing sleep.

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I fondly remember helping her in the kitchen to put a Kraft Single between two slices of Wonder Bread, then butter the outside with Fleischmann margarine, and she would toast it until it had a wonderful golden crust on each side.

I would dip mine in tomato soup and then ketchup, which has a lot of tomatoes in it, but I was a kid and that’s what kids do.

“When you said you were making a pasta sandwich, I thought you had lost your mind,” Kathy observed.

Last year while making a batch of our lasagna soup from our Happy in a Hurry Cookbook“, as I mash the parmesan and mozzarella with the ricotta for topping, I tasted it and some neurons missed, and I thought, “That would be great as cheese in a lasagna grilled cheese sandwich!

My son-in-law, Ali, said, “It doesn’t seem to be working.”

I made it the next day, with Italian sausage, marinara, and this three cheese blend in buttered bread toasted to golden perfection.

“What could be better than serving your family meals they love? Keep it simple, of course!” Steve and Kathy Doocy’s new cookbook, “The Simply Happy Cookbook”, is published by William Morrow and available now.
(Steve Doocy/William Morrow)

“The best sandwich of my life! my daughter Sally said congratulating the chef, but I knew she wanted to borrow my car too.

“When you said you were making a pasta sandwich, I thought you had lost your mind,” Kathy observed. “Like the time you voted for Ross Perot.”

“The best part is you don’t have to wait for a rainy day.”

If you love grilled cheese sandwiches and/or lasagna, try this amazing fusion.

We make a single batch and have plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. The best part is you don’t have to wait for a rainy day.

By the way, now that I’m in my 60s, forget the rainy days, every day is all about napping!

The recipe shared here by Steve Doocy makes six hearty sandwiches.

The recipe shared here by Steve Doocy makes six hearty sandwiches.
(Steve Doocy/Andrew Purcell)

Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich, from “The Simply Happy Cookbook”

Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1⁄2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1⁄4 cup grated parmesan

1⁄4 teaspoon table salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound bulk mild or sweet Italian sausage (or ties with casings removed)

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 cups jar marinara (our favorite is Rao’s)

12 slices bread (we use Pepperidge Farmhouse Butter Bread)

Butter at room temperature

In "The Simply Happy Cookbook," the Doocys share their favorite recipes as well as those of family and friends.  Their goal is to help people "concoct a meal as painlessly as possible," as they write in their book.

In “The Simply Happy Cookbook”, the Doocys share their favorite recipes as well as those of family and friends. Their goal is to help people “prepare a meal as easily as possible”, as they write in their book.
(Steve Doocy/William Morrow)

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and salt and mix well. Put aside.

2. In a nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and garlic and cook until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain off any excess fat. Reduce heat to low and stir in 1 cup marinara to warm through.

3. To make a sandwich, spread 2 or 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on a slice of bread. Spread about 1⁄2 cup of the marinara-meat mixture on another slice of bread and smooth. Close the sandwich, then repeat to assemble the rest.

4. To cook the sandwiches, heat a large nonstick skillet over slightly warmer than medium heat. If it’s too hot, it will sear the outside before the cheese mixture has warmed through, so make sure the pan is at Goldilocks temperature – neither too hot nor too cold, just right.

"fox and friends" co-host Steve Doocy and his wife Kathy Doocy are the authors of a series of cookbooks, including their latest, "The Simply Happy Cookbook." They write in the introduction to their book, "These delicious dishes are made with pantry staples that are easily obtainable from all parts of America."

“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy and his wife Kathy Doocy are the authors of a series of cookbooks, including their latest, “The Simply Happy Cookbook.” They write in the introduction to their book, “These delicious dishes are prepared with staple foods that are readily available in all parts of America.”
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5. Butter the outside of the sandwiches. Cook on one side until nicely deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Go back and do the same for the other, about 10 minutes in total. Depending on the size of the pan, you can cook more than one sandwich at a time. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn!

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6. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 cup marinara in microwave and divide into small bowls, one for each sandwich.

7. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve with the bowls of marinara for dipping.

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Wow that’s good!

Who knew lasagna could be a jaw-dropping sandwich?

Adapted from “The Simply Happy Cookbook” by Steve and Kathy Doocy. To order your copy, click on this link. Used with permission from William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. All rights reserved.

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