What are Some Fast Meals Made with Cheese?

Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus
A sandwich with deli meat and cheese.
A sandwich with deli meat and cheese.

Almost everyone loves cheese and it’s a good source of both protein and calcium. Although you can buy bags of pre-grated cheeses, you can save money by buying cheese on sale and grating it yourself. You can also cut the fat content down by blending aged cheddar cheese with some part-skim mozzarella cheese. Meals made with cheese can be either hot or cold and can be very fast to prepare.

A sandwich made with Swiss cheese, ham, tomatoes, and lettuce.
A sandwich made with Swiss cheese, ham, tomatoes, and lettuce.

In hot weather, there's nothing like simple, no-cook meals made with cheese, fruit and bread. All you need to do is arrange ready to eat chunks of cheese, fruit and bread of your choice on a plate and add a cold drink and a simple dessert. It's a great way to enjoy summer fruit such as strawberries as well as to try new cheeses.

Get out of your comfort zone and try a new cheese every week or so. Some types are imported and can be expensive, but you can try a small amount and a little cheese can go a long way. Hot meals made with cheese can be as simple as adding grated or chunks of any types of cheeses to already hot pasta or rice. Try one or more cheeses such as Roquefort, feta, Swiss or many others in these delicious, super fast meals.

Blocks of sharp cheddar cheese.
Blocks of sharp cheddar cheese.

Even mashed potatoes, cooked broccoli and cheese together can be delicious. Many meals made with cheese of any type can be ready to eat in just minutes. Whether you want to add cheese to potatoes, pasta or rice, it usually works best to stir the cheese into the hot food rather than continue to cook it on the stove. If you grate cheese or have it in small pieces, it will melt quickly in hot food. If you're using mozzarella cheese, use smaller amounts of it with other cheeses as it can get very stringy and difficult to eat when heated.

Grilled cheese is an easy meal made with American cheese.
Grilled cheese is an easy meal made with American cheese.

You can add up to one third mozzarella cheese to cheddar or other cheese in grilled cheese sandwiches. Try "glorifying" your grilled cheese with new combinations of cheeses and/or additions such as tomato or onions. Fondues, or cheese dips, are excellent for dipping a variety of foods such as broccoli or crusty cubes of garlic bread. Cheese dips can even be quite elegant when served with a glass of good wine.

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candyquilt

I love macaroni and cheese but the original recipe takes too long and I'm impatient when it comes to cooking.

What I've been doing lately is cooking macaroni as usual and after draining the water, I throw in some butter and let it melt. I finally add some salt and some grated cheese- whatever I feel like at that moment. Sometimes it's Parmesan, sometimes mozzarella, sometimes cheddar.

Of course it doesn't taste exactly the same, but it's still very good. It's my quick alternative to mac & cheese.

burcinc

I usually make a fast Greek salad with feta cheese when I'm short on time and need something light.

I make a salad with salad mix and chunks of feta cheese and green olives. I have it with toast bread or toasted pita bread.

My other alternative is a sandwich with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto. Try making it on a pan, the fresh mozzarella becomes softer and the bread toast.

These are really good and they are ready in a few minutes.

burcidi

You can make a dip with guacamole, refried beans, tomatoes and grated cheese. All of it is available ready made in the store.

What I do is layer them on a dish and serve with tortilla chips. It's really fast, really tasty and nutritious too.

Of course, you can use the same ingredients to make vegetarian style tacos too.

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    • A sandwich with deli meat and cheese.
      A sandwich with deli meat and cheese.
    • A sandwich made with Swiss cheese, ham, tomatoes, and lettuce.
      A sandwich made with Swiss cheese, ham, tomatoes, and lettuce.
    • Blocks of sharp cheddar cheese.
      By: Bert Folsom
      Blocks of sharp cheddar cheese.
    • Grilled cheese is an easy meal made with American cheese.
      By: renamarie
      Grilled cheese is an easy meal made with American cheese.
    • A summer salad of greens, strawberries, and goat cheese is a quick meal.
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      A summer salad of greens, strawberries, and goat cheese is a quick meal.
    • Greek salad with tangy feta cheese, olives, and tomatoes.
      By: Denis Tabler
      Greek salad with tangy feta cheese, olives, and tomatoes.
    • Broccoli and cheese is a popular combination.
      By: Nitr
      Broccoli and cheese is a popular combination.
    • A version of cheesy potatoes can be made by adding cheese to mashed potatoes.
      By: Joe Gough
      A version of cheesy potatoes can be made by adding cheese to mashed potatoes.