basil butternut grilled cheese

basil butternut grilled cheese

Yes, I know I have said I am looking at food differently right now. I am. I am also still that person who loves food. Indulgent food, flavorful food, comfort food. So while much of the time my focus might be on my current classroom learning about food as a healing thing, there is still the other aspect of me as the quintessential entertainer, the person that feeds people and just… loves food.

A while back in conversation, reader and fellow blogger Elle mentioned a pumpkin grilled cheese – and you bet I perked up at the sound of that. I prodded for more information – she sent along her recipe – and I have not been able to get it out of my mind since.

You know I always have pumpkin on hand. Jason goes to play music with the guys one night a week, and that is often when I make things he doesn’t enjoy, like anything squash.

Last week I made a half batch ofΒ roasted butternut crispy sage lasagnaΒ and had just enough butternut left over to make a sandwich. Just one sandwich.

One glorious sandwich.

basil butternut grilled cheese

basil butternut grilled cheese

inspired by savory pumpkin grilled cheese

dairy, egg, soy, and gluten free, vegan

makes one sandwich

1/3 cup roasted butternut squash, pureed
handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper
2 ounces dairy free cheese
2 slices gluten free bread (New Cascadia seeded)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

In small pan over medium heat, combine pureed butternut, basil, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir together as cheese melts, remove from heat before completely melted. Spoon butternut cheese mixture onto one slice of bread, top with the other. Wipe pan clean and return to medium heat, add tablespoon coconut oil. Place sandwich in pan and cook on each side until just golden brown and crispy (toasting prior helps crisp bread as well).

basil butternut grilled cheese

Jason plays music this Saturday… guess what’s for dinner?



  1. says

    Yum! Funny, I have been craving some grilled cheese lately. I saw the new feature sandwich at Panera and its grown up grilled cheese, ever since I have been thinking I need it!

    I would take this grilled cheese any day over that one though πŸ˜‰

    Happy Thursday! Sending love to you, the family, and dad!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      ooooh, what is on the Panera sandwich!!? I may have to check it out… I’ve never met a grilled cheese I did not like…

      happy Thursday to you, dear! having breakfast with Dad this morning, I will give tell him hello! XO

  2. says

    Ok really? Every single morning I come to this sort of thing??? πŸ˜‰ Love it actually. It makes me smile, your creativity and dedication to amazing recipes. Now I think i need this for lunch but I don’t have any squashes. Canned pumpkin might ooze out….hmmmmmmmm

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      then you know what you HAVE to do… use a fork. πŸ˜‰

      thanks, Heather – your comments like this always make me giddy, I’m sitting here at 5:am and my feet are happy-wiggling and the dachshunds are giving me the side eye because of it… xo

  3. says

    Butternut trumps pumpkin any day of the week. And grilled cheese tops any other sandwich any day of the week. Especially days when squash-haters are out of the house.

  4. says

    already pinned this! as soon as add other foods in our diet, we are making this! we have done squash with chocolate socca before, love how winter squashes go with everything

  5. anne says

    What kind of vegan cheese do you use that gets so beautifully melty? Trying to go 100% vegan, but am having a bit of trouble giving up the cheese. Btw – this sandwich looks scrumptious!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Anne! first, you are not alone with the cheese, it seems to be one of the foods people have the most difficult time giving up. there really isn’t a cheese substitute that TRULY tastes like cheese, but I have found one I love: it is flavorful, and melts in the most amazing way – the flavor I used here is the jalapeno havarti, but it comes in cheddar and a jack as well. it’s the Daiya brand, but it is the blocks, not the shredded – see more here: Daiya wedge cheese enjoy!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      right? when you just have a small amount left, and you think… WHAT can I add this to? sandwich! and next time I won’t puree it, and I’ll make YOUR butternut/caramelized onion one… that looked SO good!

  6. Carole says

    Hi Kristina, I am collecting pumpkin recipes at the moment. Please do drop me a line on if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hello, Carole – sorry I am just seeing this for the first time – please feel free to link back if you would like. cheers!


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