This is a simple, quick, and delicious take on pizza!

Crusty French bread is topped with garlic butter, pizza sauce, oregano, and two kinds of cheese before baking to melty perfection.

Add your favorite toppings for a new pizza that your family will love!

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Why You’ll Love French Bread Pizza

  • Leave the boxed pizzas in the freezer section and save money by making pizza.
  • Easy to make, this recipe is so much faster than delivery.
  • No pizza dough needed, no rolling, no rising.
  • They taste great, choose your own favorite pizza toppings!
  • Cut portions any size you like to feed a few or feed a crowd. French bread pizzas are great for sleepovers and movie nights!
  • Use the air fryer to cook or reheat smaller sections.

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Ingredients

I love a good homemade pizza with homemade dough but this pizza bread is quick and easy when time is short.

FRENCH BREAD: Pick up a large loaf of French bread at the market or make homemade French bread. Top it with garlic butter for an extra layer of flavor.

SAUCE: Either buy a jar or make some homemade pizza sauce. Change it up by stirring in some bbq sauce, a couple of tablespoons of pesto. You can also use marinara sauce with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

Toppings:

What can’t go on a pizza? This is where the fun begins! Start with mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Meat: Pepperoni, Homemade Italian Sausage, leftover Shredded Chicken, ham.

Veggies: Toppings can be any assortment of onions, olives, red peppers, artichokes,  chopped spinach, diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, or jalapenos. Anything goes!

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How to Make French Bread Pizza

Here are the basics that make this a perfect French bread pizza recipe!

  1. Cut the French bread in half lengthwise and brush it with garlic butter.
  2. Place on a baking sheet cut side up and bake until browned per the recipe below.
  3. Top baked halves with pasta sauce, sprinkle with oregano, cheeses, and toppings of choice.
  4. Bake until browned and bubbly and let cool before serving.

To serve, cut into 2-inch slices and top with a little bit of parmesan cheese, chili flakes, fresh basil, or even a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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Tips for Perfect Pizza Bread

  • Cooking the bread with garlic butter adds a crisp topping and keeps the bread from getting soggy.
  • If you don’t have garlic butter, brush the bread with olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder or a few cloves minced garlic.
  • Ensure meat is cooked before adding. If your toppings have a lot of moisture, cook them first (like mushrooms) or lightly squeeze them dry (like pineapple).
  • Place finished French bread halves under the broiler to make the cheese and toppings extra crispy!
  • Leftovers? Follow this easy guide for how to reheat pizza!

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French Bread Pizza

This is the easiest way to make pizza for a crowd! French Bread Pizza is cheesy, flavorful, and so fun to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • ¼ cup salted butter softened
  • 1 clove garlic minced, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ cups pizza sauce
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • toppings as desired pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, pineapple, etc.

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise.
  • Combine butter and garlic in a small bowl. Spread over the bread. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up, and bake 5 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp on top.
  • Remove from the oven and spread pizza sauce on the top. Sprinkle with oregano.
  • Top with cheeses and toppings as desired. Bake 12-15 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Broil for 1-2 minutes if desired.
  • Cool 5 minutes before slicing.

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Notes

  • Cooking the bread with garlic butter adds a crisp topping and keeps the bread from getting soggy.
  • If you don't have garlic butter, brush the bread with olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder or a few cloves of minced garlic.
  • Ensure meat is cooked before adding. If your toppings have a lot of moisture, cook them first (like mushrooms) or lightly squeeze them dry (like pineapple).
  • Place finished French bread halves under the broiler to make the cheese and toppings extra crispy!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 607 | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1547mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1184IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 422mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Pizza
Cuisine American

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  1. Delicious and so easy to make. Our grown kids had a blast making their own pizzas. Thank you for sharing this quick & easy recipe!5 stars

    1. That is such a special memory to be creating with them. So happy you are enjoying cooking in the kitchen with them!