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French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 personal pizzas 1x


French bread pizza is a quick and tasty: like a cross between garlic bread and pizza! It’s hearty and satisfying: no need for pizza dough.


  • 1 large loaf French bread (sometimes labeled Italian bread*)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Pizza Sauce (or purchased sauce)
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh basil, for topping
  • Pizza toppings: cherry tomatoes*, mini pepperoni, sliced black olives, green peppers, red onion, etc


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Make the Pizza Sauce.
  2. Slice the bread in half, then in half lengthwise. Place it on a baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, and dried oregano (mix well so the garlic becomes fully distributed). Brush the oil mixture onto the bread. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, split between the four pieces. Bake for 5 minutes.
  4. While the pizzas bake, prepare the toppings.
  5. Remove the tray from the oven. Carefully top each with the pizza sauce and the remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Add the toppings and add a sprinkle of salt to the top of each pizza.
  6. Bake again for 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted. Garnish with the chopped basil. Serve immediately. Leftovers save refrigerated for up to 2 days.


*Avoid using a baguette! Use a large loaf French bread, which is often labeled Italian bread.

**We used thinly sliced cherry tomatoes sprinkled with a bit of salt, garlic powder and paprika.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: French bread pizza