The Best French Bread Pizza

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3 tbsp (45g) Unsalted butter
4 tbsp (60ml) Olive oil extra-virgin , divided
4 cloves Garlic finely minced
pinch Red pepper flakes
½ tsp Dried oregano
¼ cup (15g) Parsley minced fresh or basil leaves, or a mix
Kosher Salt to taste
1 large loaf White French bread or Italian bread about 18 inches long and 4 inches wide, split half lengthwise and crosswise
1 (14.5-ounce, 400g) can Can crushed tomatoes
8 oz (225g) Mozzarella whole milk mozzarella, freshly grated
2 oz (60g) Parmesan cheese grated

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The Best French Bread Pizza


If you like deep-dish pizza, try making The Best French Bread Pizza at home. This recipe uses soft supermarket French bread and cooks up in half the time compared to any regular pizza. A stir-together mix of crushed tomatoes, olive oil, herbs, and garlic makes a bold and bright pizza sauce. I like to use both mozzarella and Parmesan cheese in this recipe to get the perfect balance of melty creaminess and nutty depth.

The pizza bread recipe starts with supermarket bread, which is often labeled as French bread and Italian bread. Cut the loaf in half crosswise and then cut those halves lengthwise. Flatten the bread halves and give them a butter-garlic-herb treatment. Then top with mozzarella and bake until the cheese is barely melted. Spread the tomato sauce over the cheese layer and bake until the cheese is melty and perfect. As soon as the bread comes out of the oven, top it with fresh basil or parsley, Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.

To make The Best French Bread Pizza, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for The Best French Bread Pizza

Steps to make The Best French Bread Pizza


Heat oven


Adjust the oven rack to the top position and preheat the oven to 425 °F.


Melt butter and add aromatics


In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat 4 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil until the butter is melted. Add 4 minced cloves garlic, a pinch of pepper flakes, and ½ teaspoon oregano and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until the garlic is softened but not browned.


Add parsley/basil and salt


Stir in half of the minced parsley or basil and a big pinch of salt and remove from heat.


Flatten bread


Place the bread cut-side up on a clean working surface. Use a rimmed baking sheet to press down on bread evenly until flattened to about ⅔ of its original height.


Brush with butter garlic mixture


Place on the rimmed baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush half of the butter garlic mixture evenly over the bread. Make sure to add plenty of garlic and herbs and set aside.


Prepare tomato sauce


Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes to the remaining butter garlic mixture in the pan and stir to combine. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Once at a simmer, reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes until reduced. Add salt to taste.




While the sauce cooks, spread 2 ounces of mozzarella evenly over the bread and place in the preheated oven. Cook until the cheese is slightly melted, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside until the sauce is ready.


Cover with sauce


Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the bread, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella.




Place in the oven and bake for about 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted and just starts to brown.


Sprinkle with Parmesan


Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 2 ounces of grated Parmesan cheese, the remaining parsley or basil, and the remaining tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.



Let cool slightly and serve.

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Awesome pizza bread!

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