White Bean Cheddar Melt | I’m Lovin’ It


The addition of a creamy white bean spread, tomatoes and spinach kicks up a simple grilled cheese sandwich into something special, White Bean Cheddar Melt.

White Bean Cheddar Melt recipe at

The other day I was craving a hot delicious sandwich for lunch and thought I’d make a grilled cheese…..but that seemed a little boring, when I remembered seeing a recipe for White Bean Cheddar Melt on the Bush’s Beans website.  

Lucky me, I had some Bush’s Great Northern Beans ( also available in Reduced Sodium) in the pantry and decided the addition of tomato and spinach would surely turn this little vegetarian sandwich into a gourmet grilled cheese

White Bean Cheddar Melt recipe at

This isn’t your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich. It’s  kicked up a notch with a white bean spread before being filled with cheddar cheese. Then, of course, grilled on the stovetop for just a couple of minutes to get that cheese nice and melty.  You could stop there…..that’s how my husband wanted to eat his (he’s a simple man), but I quickly opened my hot buttery toasted sandwich and topped it with fresh spinach and a few slices of tomato!

Oh MY WORD!  This sandwich was a little messy (the best food usually is) and was even better than I expected!  It’s become one of my favorite’s for lunch  – grilled cheese perfected.  Next time I think I’ll try it with smoked provolone and a bowl of  French Onion Soup or Roasted Tomato Soup.  That my friends, is a satisfying meatless meal you can count on any day of the week.

White Bean Cheddar Melt recipe at

What’s your favorite way to eat grilled cheese?

White Bean Cheddar Melt

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

White Bean Cheddar Melt

The addition of a creamy white bean spread, tomatoes and spinach kicks up a simple grilled cheese sandwich into something special


  • 1-2 tablespoon butter
  • 8 slices your favorite bread
  • 1 (15.8 ounce) can BUSH’S® Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1-2 tomatoes, sliced


  1. Brush butter on outer side of each slice of bread.
  2. Add half of the beans to a bowl and mash gently with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Stir in remaining whole beans. Add in the mayonnaise, celery and salt; mix together.
  3. Spread evenly on the inner side of 4 slices of bread.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and top with remaining slices of bread, buttered side facing up.
  5. Using a skillet, grill on both sides.
  6. Remove from skillet and place on cutting board; carefully pull sandwiches open and layer with spinach and tomato slices.
  7. Cut and serve.


recipe slightly adapted from Bush's Beans


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Disclaimer:  I grew up in a house that used  Bush’s Beans. I am now fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with them as a brand ambassador. This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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40 Responses to “White Bean Cheddar Melt | I’m Lovin’ It”

  1. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm (#

    Now that is one awesome looking melt – pinned! Thanks so much for the party Cheryl!

  2. Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm (#

    Thanks so much for hosting, Cheryl, and that cheddar melt looks so tasty.

  3. Jelli posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm (#

    Mmm, that cheddar melt looks delicious! My husband and I love making “gourmet” grilled cheese- our fave is to add caramelized onions and sweet peppers with smoky gouda or strong cheese. Thank you for sharing and hugs for hosting tonight’s party, Cheryl.

    • TidyMom replied on January 30th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      mmmm, that sounds fabulous!!

  4. Aggie posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm (#

    This looks so good Cheryl!!

  5. Marti posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm (#

    Thanks so much for the party, the sandwich looks delicious! :)


  6. Angie@Echoes of Laughter posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm (#

    Thank you so much for hosting Cheryl! That sandwich looks delicious! Have a lovely weekend! Angie xo

  7. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm (#

    thanks for the party, Cheryl! Have a super weekend!

  8. Jenn posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#

    Oh that sandwich looks amazing!! Thanks so much for hosting!

  9. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm (#

    That is a great looking melt!
    Thank you for hosting the party, Cheryl :)

  10. Chelsea posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (#

    I LOVE, love grilled cheese! This looks amazing, Cheryl! I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm (#

    Your sandwich looks so delicious! I know I will love it:)

  12. DesignedByBH posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm (#

    Thank you so much for the party, Cheryl! Have a great weekend!!!!

    – Brooke -

  13. Lisa@hooplapalooza posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm (#

    thank you so much for the party :) happy Superbowl weekend!

  14. Tanya posted on January 31, 2014 at 2:25 am (#

    Your grilled sandwich looks fantastic Cheryl!! Thank you for another great party, happy weekend :)

    xo, Tanya

  15. dawn@joyfulscribblings posted on January 31, 2014 at 7:42 am (#

    Thanks for hosting! Your sandwich look delicious!

  16. Gina posted on January 31, 2014 at 7:43 am (#

    Well that looks delish Cheryl. I’m not sure I have a favorite way to eat it – cheese in general is all good for me. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom posted on January 31, 2014 at 8:58 am (#

    oh my gawd, I love this! Beans in a grilled cheese! Brilliant!

  18. Kate@Diethood posted on January 31, 2014 at 9:22 am (#

    There is something delightful about almost anything in a cheddar melt sandwich form! This is beyond delicious!! I looove that gooey mess… I WISH my face was near it! :-)

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the link love!

  19. Crystal posted on January 31, 2014 at 9:40 am (#

    Now that’s how you make a hot gourmet sandwich at home. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe :)

  20. Brooke posted on January 31, 2014 at 9:54 am (#

    Thanks so much for hosting, Cheryl! You’re white bean cheddar melt looks amazing! For some reason, lunch ideas are tricky at our house. This one looks like a hit. Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoy your weekend!

  21. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 1, 2014 at 8:56 am (#

    That looks so good…and pretty, and colorful!!

  22. Shaina posted on February 2, 2014 at 11:30 am (#

    Love the use of beans on a toasted sandwich. It looks great!

  23. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living posted on February 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm (#

    Loving the healthy addition of beans in your grilled cheese Cheryl!

  24. Lakesha posted on April 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm (#

    This sandwich was delicious……just made it tonight.


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