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Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

This cheesy garlic bread recipe is so easy, it takes 5 minutes from start to finish! So much better than store-bought, make this semi-homemade version.

I grew up eating a similar version of this garlic french bread and I love it! It’s so easy and great for a quick side dish. I especially love how fast it is – literally 5 minutes! I have seen some garlic bread recipes that claim to be “easy” but they have you slice up the entire loaf of bread and then butter and season each slice.

Don’t do that! This method of cutting the bread lengthwise is so much faster.

Slicing a loaf of french bread in half.

I make the cheesy, easy garlic bread right on the sheet tray after I slice it, that way all the mess is contained and I have less to clean up because that’s basically the secret of happiness in life for a mom – less to clean up.

Can I get an amen?!?!

Spreading butter on a loaf of french bread for cheesy garlic bread.

Now, I supposed you could use less butter….but I mean, WHY? Ahem. It’s just better with a whole stick, trust me on this one. It’s what makes the garlic french bread garlic french bread. Well, aside from the garlic, of course. You know what I’m sayin’?

Sprinkling Italian seasoning on buttered french bread for cheesy garlic bread.

Next up: Seasonings! These can be customized to your tastes. If it’s summer and I have fresh herbs, I will put those on at the end. Or if I’m out of Italian seasoning, I’ll just use oregano, basil, and parsley. Or if I’m really running low on stuff I’ll just use parsley. This garlic bread recipe is good no matter what combo you use!

Sprinkling cheese on halves of buttered french bread for cheesy garlic bread.

Next is the cheese. I put the parmesan on first because it sticks to the butter and stays put a little better that way.

Grating mozzarella cheese on halves of french bread for cheesy garlic bread.

Then it’s time for the mozzarella. You can go as crazy with the cheese as you want! I usually shoot for a cheesy middle ground, nothing too crazy {it’s a side dish, remember?} but enough that you know this truly is cheesy garlic bread.

Cheesy garlic bread recipe cut up on a cutting board.

And when I say in the recipe to watch the cheesy garlic bread in the oven, I mean DON’T EVEN CHECK FACEBOOK FOR A QUICK MINUTE! Like, really. Watch the dang bread. It will burn before you even finish watching that dumb cat video you saved this morning and have been dying to see all day. You’re going for nice golden brown.

Breaking and pulling apart a slice of cheesy garlic bread.

Let’s recap…

How to make garlic bread with regular bread:

  • Buy a loaf of regular french bread and slice it in half lengthwise.
  • Spread both halves with butter.
  • Season both halves.
  • Sprinkle cheese on both halves.
  • Broil for a few minutes.

How easy is that recipe for garlic bread?! Doesn’t get any easier, I’m telling you.

Cute baby sneaking some cheesy garlic bread from the cutting board.

Your little cuties at home will try to steal it immediately, it just smells heavenly. I always make extra, it freezes well so it’s easy to pop in the freezer and save for later!

I also will make this cheesy garlic bread recipe ahead of time to serve with freezer meals.

  • To do that, make the whole recipe but don’t put it in the oven.
  • Fold the two halves together and then wrap them in foil.
  • Freeze!
  • To use, place them in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Leave them in there for about 10-15 minutes until they are thawed and the cheese is melted.

Close-up of cheesy garlic bread recipe cut up on a cutting board.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

This cheesy garlic bread recipe is so easy, it takes 5 minutes from start to finish! So much better than store-bought, make this semi-homemade version.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cheesy garlic bread, easy garlic bread, garlic french bread
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 374 kcal
Author Alli

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread fresh, or a couple of days old
  • 1/2 cup butter one stick, softened
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Turn the broil element in the oven on high. 

  2. Slice the loaf of french bread in half lengthwise so you are left with two long pieces. Place them on a sheet tray. 

  3. Spread the butter evenly between the two pieces. 

  4. Sprinkle the spices evenly between the two pieces. 

  5. Sprinkle the cheese evenly between the two pieces. 

  6. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and brown. It is best to watch this the entire cooking time, as it can burn quickly. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The amount of spices and cheese can be customized to your taste, add more or less of any of these ingredients. 

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 589mg 25%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 11.5%
Calcium 13.1%
Iron 15.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    Alli
    June 23, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    Easy and delicious!

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