Pizza Bread Recipe

Okay, so you've got a houseful of hungry kids (and maybe a hungry partner, too) and you've only got about 20 minutes until that hunger turns into the dreaded hanger? Well listen, if you can hold them off for 22 minutes, then you're going to be okay thanks to this recipe for pizza breads care of chef and recipe developer Michelle McGlinn. But let's be honest, you'll happily prepare this meal even when you have all the time in the world, because pizza bread is just so darn delicious.

And it's so much more delicious when it's made from scratch, as McGlinn found. "This recipe is actually a grocery-store inspiration," she says. "I was walking around the freezer section and noticed there were frozen pizzas on French breads [and] I thought about how simple of an idea it was, and how reminiscent of childhood versions on English muffins." So she decided to do what any intrepid chef type does: "I decided to make my own fresh version."

One bite, and you'll be so glad she did. Or two bites. Or 10 or 15.

Gather your ingredients for pizza bread

One of the best things about this (or really any) pizza recipe is that it's a flexible framework, not anything etched in stone. If you want to make great French bread pizza, you'll want to follow McGlinn's exact recipe and use a baguette, a garlic clove, olive oil, tomato sauce, salt, dried thyme, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, and some fresh oregano and marjoram.

But hey, you know what's also a great idea? Skipping the meat and adding onions and black olives. Or leaving the meat and adding those and jalapeños. Or tossing on chopped mushrooms. Or barbecue chicken. Or whatever toppings you love.

Slice and prep the French bread

First off, preheat the oven to 350 F. Then, cut the rounded ends off of the loaf of French bread, if desired — these bread tips will be quite firm and crunchy if left on, which some people love, but some may find hard to bite into. Now, cut the loaf in half cross-wise, then slice each piece in half down the middle to create four pieces of bread. Arrange these long pieces of bread on a baking sheet with the insides facing up.

Grate (or mince) the garlic clove and add it to a bowl with the olive oil. Stir the oil to combine the garlic well. Next, brush this garlic oil onto each slice of bread until they are well-coated. Spread the tomato sauce evenly on each slice of bread.

Add the toppings and bake the pizza bread

Sprinkle the dried thyme on each slice of bread, then sprinkle each piece lightly with salt. Arrange the pepperoni evenly on each piece of bread. (And now is the time to add any other toppings you want, too.)

Next, add the mozzarella slices to the bread — "You can use shredded cheeses instead of the fresh mozzarella," McGlinn says, adding, "I'd suggest a Monterrey jack, cheddar, and mozzarella combo." When you're satisfied with the result, place the pizza bread in the preheated oven. 

Bake the pizzas for 12 minutes, or until the bread is golden and crispy and the cheese has melted.

Broil, add fresh herbs, and serve

At this point, you can go ahead and retrieve your pizza breads. Or, you can give them one final touch: a bit of flame! For a crispy top, place the pizza breads under the broiler for 2 minutes. If using the broiler, make sure you use foil instead of parchment paper on the baking sheet. This is a crucial point, not a suggestion, McGlinn says, explaining: "If you plan to broil the bread at the end, don't use parchment paper. It burns under the broiler! Use foil on your baking sheet, instead. This last broil will just make the bread a little crispier and the cheese have those crispy spots."

Baked then broiled, or simply baked, now it's time to retrieve those pizzas. Sprinkle the fresh oregano and marjoram atop the melted cheese, then slice the pizzas into smaller sections to serve them to your thrilled diners.

Pizza Bread Recipe
5 from 24 ratings
Skip the freezer-section French bread pizzas and make your own, tastier version with this recipe for pizza breads. It's quick, easy, and delicious.
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Total time: 22 minutes
  • 1 French loaf or baguette
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup pepperoni
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano and marjoram, for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut the ends off of the bread loaf, if desired, then cut the loaf in half, then slice each half down the middle to create four pieces. Arrange these pieces on a baking sheet with the insides facing up.
  3. Grate the garlic clove into the olive oil and stir to combine.
  4. Brush the garlic oil onto each slice of the bread until well-coated.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce evenly on each slice of bread.
  6. Sprinkle dried thyme on each slice, then sprinkle with salt.
  7. Arrange the pepperoni on each piece of bread.
  8. Add mozzarella slices to the bread, then place the baking sheet in oven. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the bread is golden and crispy, and the cheese is melted. Remove the pan from the oven.
  9. For pizzas with a crispy top, place the pan back under the broiler for 2 minutes after baking. If using the broiler, use foil instead of parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  10. Sprinkle fresh oregano and marjoram on the melted cheese, then slice the pizzas into 1-inch sections to serve.
Calories per Serving 799
Total Fat 52.9 g
Saturated Fat 18.2 g
Trans Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 103.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 46.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
Total Sugars 6.4 g
Sodium 2,090.4 mg
Protein 34.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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