Garlic Crust French Bread Pizza

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  • Oh, French Bread Pizza, where did you go? A child of the 80’s, I remember looking forward to this treat. A fluffy loaf of bread with crusty edges slathered with tomato sauce, cheese and other toppings.

    close up of pepperoni french bread pizza

    Bagel pizzas were a close second, but French bread were the winners. Although this recipe also works on bagels should you want one.

    French Bread Pizza

    They are still around, but mostly in the form of a Lean Cuisine or other frozen food. With all the fad diets cutting carbs, it seems that cauliflower crusts and flour alternatives have taken over the pizza market.

    two slices of pepperoni french bread pizza on a baking sheet

    But me, I like the crunch, the crustiness of bread. Which is odd because I actually prefer thin crust pizza unless it is French bread.

    I like to start with a basic pie and then move my way up to fun topping combinations and the most basic in my eyes is a Pepperoni Pizza. Not so boring as just cheese, but also not too gourmet that my kids still think it is actually, in fact, a pizza.

    pepperoni pizza on a plate with salad

    The Bread

    French bread pizza can be made on any type of loaf bread and when you think about it, an Italian loaf would ethnically make more sense. But French bread is a thicker and wider piece of bread giving you more surface space for delicious toppings.

    spooning tomato sauce onto a slice of french bread

    You can also cut them into slices instead of lengthwise for easier munching.

    Prep the Bread

    This is really what makes our French bread pizza stand out from the others and it is prepping the bread. Instead of just starting with cut bread or even toasted bread, we make it into garlic bread.

    basting bread with garlic butter

    Just a basic butter and garlic mix on toasty bread before adding pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni makes all the difference.


    Cheese for pizza is always a little tricky. People often wonder why their ends up watery and pooled.

    cheese on french bread pizza

    I always use a low moisture, part skim mozzarella cheese. Less moisture means less to escape and cause pooling. Combine that with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan and you’ll have a winning cheesy combo.

    French Bread Pizza Toppings

    Toppings for pizza go way beyond pepperoni and sausage these days. And while these tried and true meats still do the trick, feel free to experiment with other fun varieties.

    angle of homemade french bread pizza

    The beauty of a French bread pizza is that the crust is thick and sturdy enough to hold a great deal of toppings so you don’t have to worry about weight and sagging crust.

    Here are our favorites:

    • Hawaiian– ham, pineapple and jalapeno (for a fiery Hawaiian)
    • Meatlovers– pepperoni, sausage, crushed meatballs
    • Fig & Brie– mild Italian sauce, dried figs and brie cheese (no marinara)
    • BBQ Chicken– substitute BBQ sauce for marinara, shredded chicken, cheddar and pickled red onions
    • Buffalo Chicken– substitute buffalo wing sauce for marinara, shredded chicken and blue cheese crumbles
    • Veggie– an assortment of your favorites chopped veggies
    • White– substitute marinara for alfredo sauce, top with spinach and dollops of ricotta and feta
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    close up of pepperoni pizza on french bread

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    close up of pepperoni french bread pizza
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    4.63 from 8 votes

    French Bread Pizza

    Skip the frozen section and make these EASY Homemade French Bread Pizza instead! Made with simple ingredients, it's absolutely delicious!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time20 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American, Italian
    Keyword: french bread pizza, pepperoni pizza
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 561kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat oven to high broil and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
    • Using a serrated knife, cut bread in half vertically in the center and then both pieces horizontally so you have 4 long slices of bread.
    • Melt butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds (this will depend on the wattage of your microwave). When melted, whisk in garlic powder.
    • Baste onto cut sides of bread.
    • Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until bread is toasted. This varies greatly depending on your oven.
    • Remove and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
    • Spread marinara sauce evenly onto each piece of bread. Follow with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Top with pepperoni slices.
    • Return to oven for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
    • Remove and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes before serving. Pizza will be hot!
    • If you've tried this recipe come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.


    I find that jarred marinara sauce has more flavor than pizza sauce, but you need to find a thick one. If it is too runny, it will make your pizza soggy. The other alternative is to add 1-2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning to a plain pizza sauce.


    Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1272mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 294mg | Iron: 5mg
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