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How to Make Garlic Bread Pizza

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Garlic bread pizza is a fun and tasty spin on pizza night! Crisp French bread —  smeared with a buttery mix of garlic and fresh herbs– makes the perfect pizza base for all of your favorite toppings. Load it up with sauce, mozzarella and the works, and dig in!

Several slices of garlic pizza bread on a cutting board.

What’s not to love about garlic bread pizza!? This recipe marries two Italian favorites: traditional pizza and savory garlic bread. And it’s just as good as it sounds! 

Toasted garlic bread is a delicious and quick alternative to homemade pizza dough.

A storebought baguette from the grocery store can be the beginnings of a quick and easy dinner. And the best part is this is a great way to save some time and effort, too!

Smother it with all the toppings like mozzerella, pepperoni, sausage, you name it. Make it easy and use a jar of storebought sauce or make pizza sauce from tomato paste if you feel inspired. 

Why This Garlic Bread Pizza Recipe Works

Making your own pizza has never been more simple!

Here’s this recipe works:

  • Easy and effortless. Making your own pizza doesn’t always have to mean a homemade crust! This cheesy garlic bread is the perfect solution for busy nights when you need dinner on the table quickly. 
  •  A delicious meal for any occasion. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner, a fun-filled Friday night, or a busy weekday evening, this easy loaded garlic bread recipe is perfect for any relaxed dining occasion!
  •  Fun and flavorful. This is a great recipe for so many reasons! Toasting the bread gives it a crispy crust and the garlicky, buttery spread adds an extra flavor element you’ll love! 
Three slices of garlic pizza bread next to a bowl of salad.

Ingredients for Easy Garlic Pizza Bread

Here’s a look at the ingredients you’ll need for the easiest pizzas ever:

  • French bread. Soft on the inside with a crisp outer crust, toasted garlic bread has delicious flavor and chewy texture that’s perfect for pizza!
  •  Butter. Use softened butter so you can spread it on top of the bread easier. 
  •  Garlic and garlic powder. For big garlic flavor in the buttery spread. . 
  •  Pizza sauce. Use store-bought sauce for ease.
  •  Toppings: We loaded our garlic bread with mozzarella, pepperoni, and sausage, but you can add your own favorites.

​How to Make Pizza with Garlic Bread

Here’s a quick look at the steps for this loaded, cheesy garlic toast. For all of the instructions and ingredient amounts, scroll to the bottom of the page to view the printable recipe card.

Four process photos showing how to make garlic pizza bread.
  1. Slice the loaf in half lengthwise. Plate on a baking sheet, cut side up. 
  2.  Combine the garlic butter mixture in a bowl. Spread it on each side of the bread and cook until barely golden. 
  3.  ​Remove the bread from the oven and spread the sauce on top. 
  4.  Sprinkle on the shredded cheese, sausage and pepperoni slices. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges of the bread are golden brown and the cheese is melted. 
  5.  Top the garlic bread pizzas with fresh basil, pizza seasoning and Parmesan, if desired. 

Tips for Garlic Butter Bread Pizza

  • Mozzarella is a classic choice since it melts beautifully and has a mild flavor, but you can feel free to try out other types of cheeses, like provolone or cheddar. 
  •  The combination of pepperoni and sausage is always a favorite, but you can also try other toppings like bacon, ham or even chicken. If you’d like to make this vegetarian, omit the meats and add more traditional pizza topping vegetables like bell peppers, onions or mushrooms. 
  •  Store any leftovers in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. It will keep well for up to five days. 
  • You can use Texas toast instead of a baguette for smaller pizzas.
Two loaves of garlic bread pizza on a baking sheet.

Serving Suggestions

Pairing pizza tonight? Let’s skip the usuals. How about a Caesar salad that’s not just lettuce in disguise? Or, go wild with garlic breadsticks – they’re basically pizza’s long lost cousins.

For the health-conscious, chuck in a veggie platter with hummus, because, you know, balance. And if you’re feeling fancy, a minestrone soup might just make your pizza night feel like a cozy Italian bistro.

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Garlic bread with pizza toppings fresh out of the oven.

Garlic Bread Pizza

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Whip up a unique twist on pizza night with this easy pizza garlic bread recipe. Begin with a crisp garlic bread base, smeared with a buttery mix of garlic and herbs. Smother it with pizza sauce, mozzarella and your favorite pizza toppings. Ideal for a speedy meal or a fun alternative to traditional pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 12 tablespoons softened butter
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 8 oz. thick cut shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ to 1/2 cup pepperoni slices
  • 8 ounces of cooked ground sausage
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • red pepper flakes, for garnish

For the Garnish

  • Freshly chopped basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the loaf in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet, cut side up. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, parsley, and garlic powder. Mix until well combined, then spread it on each side.
  4. Bake the bread for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges start to get a very light golden brown. 
  5. Remove the bread from the oven and slather the pizza sauce on top. 
  6. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, sausage, and pepperoni slices. 
  7. Return the pizza bread to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the bread get golden brown and the cheese is melted.  
  8. If desired, top with freshly chopped basil, pizza seasoning, and Parmesan. 

Notes

  • While mozzarella is recommended for its meltability and mild flavor, feel free to experiment with different types of cheese like provolone or cheddar.
  • Pepperoni and sausage are classic choices, but you can also try other toppings like bacon, ham, or even chicken. For a vegetarian option, skip the meats and add more vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 754Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1623mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information is a guideline only. It is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandson or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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