grilled cheese sandwich with pecorino and fava beans

Grilled cheese sandwich recipe with pecorino cheese and fava beans pesto, to celebrate May Day the Roman way

grilled cheese sandwich with pecorino and fava beans

May Day in Rome is celebrated with picnics and rural eating: pecorino cheese, bread, fava beans (raw, peeled at the moment, with your hands) and local wine. As I’m a lover of grilled cheese sandwiches, I made up a recipe to celebrate my way :-).

grilled cheese sandwich recipe with pecorino and fava beans

Course sandwich
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


Ingredients for each sandwich:


  1. Peel and thinly slice the shallot.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a small pan (medium/low heat), add the shallot and wait for the first bubbles. Add the honey and the vanilla extract. Turn the heat off, stir a little and set aside.
  3. Place the fava beans, the basil leave and a pinch of salt in a grinder. Pulse for a few seconds: you want a rough pesto.
  4. Thinly slice the pecorino cheese and place it over one of the bread slices, add the fava beans pesto, then the caramelized shallot (leave the oil in the pan).
  5. Cover with the second slice of bread.
  6. Heat the pan (with the liquids from the shallot, if necessary add a teaspoon of oil).
  7. Place the sandwich in it, cover and grill 1-2 minutes per side (until the cheese melts).
  8. Your Pecorino Grilled Cheese Sandwich is ready.

enjoy your Italian grilled cheese sandwich


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Claudia Rinaldi

Claudia Rinaldi


Digital artisan and curator of the Simposio magazine; maker of Gourmet Project, an Italian food and culture blog; and life in Italy relator through the Italian Colors Newsletter. Claudia lives in magnificent Rome. She loves pasta, “melanzane alla parmigiana”, hats, suitcases and airports, Christmas, and books. Her mission is to show you that Italy is so much more than spaghetti and clichés, but a land of endless traditions, flavors, and heritage.