Cheesy Garlic Bread in a pile on a bamboo board (with logo overlay)

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Use only 5 common ingredients to turn a loaf of French bread into an easy, delicious side dish of garlic bread perfect for any pasta meal.

I love having bread with any pasta dish, whether it’s a red sauce or a white sauce, I want bread. We made spaghetti with homemade meatballs a few weeks ago and had to make some cheesy garlic bread to go with it. My aunt used to make this when I lived with them in college, and my mother-in-law makes it whenever we have pasta at their house, too.

Cheesy garlic bread is best with French bread, but it can be made with any bread, even sandwich bread. Besides the bread, you only need four other ingredients: butter, garlic powder, cheese, and parsley. We prefer to use mozzarella cheese, although a bit of parmesan would be good as well.

Even though this is such a simple recipe, it’s one I had never thought of making on my own before. After seeing how easy it is, I wish I had made it sooner.

Step by Step

Slice the bread into pieces about 1/2″ thick.

Closeup of a loaf of bread with a few slices cut off of it

Spread some butter on each slice. A thin layer will be enough, about as much as you would use for toast or making a grilled cheese sandwich.

Close up of slices of bread covered with butter next to a butter knife on a bamboo cutting board on a granite surface

Sprinkle each slice with a very small amount of garlic powder. I use maybe 1/16th tsp for each (I do have a measuring spoon that small, it says it’s “a pinch” on it). If you like your bread to have more garlic flavor, you can add more. But trust me, a little garlic usually goes a long way.

Close up of slices of bread covered with butter and sprinkled with garlic powder next to a butter knife on a bamboo cutting board on a granite surface

Top with mozzarella cheese and move to a cooking stone or a baking sheet.

Slices of bread covered with shredded cheese on a dark baking stone on top of a granite countertop

Set the oven to broil and cook for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and starts to brown.

Cheesy Garlic Bread baking in the oven on a dark baking stone

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley.

Multiple pieces of cheesy garlic bread on a wooden board

Recipe

Originally Published On: March 28, 2019

Last Updated On: March 18, 2020

7 pieces of Cheesy Garlic Bread in a pile on a bamboo board with pieces of fresh cheese sprinkled around it all on a white surface

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Use only 5 common ingredients to turn a loaf of French bread into an easy, delicious side dish of garlic bread perfect for any pasta meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, cheese, garlic
Servings: 16 pieces
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tsp parsley

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Instructions

  • Slice the bread into pieces about 1/2″ thick
  • Spread a bit of butter on each slice
  • Sprinkle each slice with a very small amount of garlic powder
  • Top with mozzarella cheese and move to a cooking stone or a baking sheet
  • Set the oven to broil and cook for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and starts to brown
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley
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Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 184mg8%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 thoughts on “Cheesy Garlic Bread”

    1. My aunt always made it with just butter and garlic, but my mother-in-law makes it with cheese. It’s so good either way, but the cheese is a great addition when having it with pasta.

  1. Amanda @ All Day Active Life

    We do a salad night about once a week and this is always a great addition. Looks super simple, but really good! We’ll definitely have to try it out 🙂

  2. This is so simple and delicious. Last week I had pasta with garlic bread and I kinda liked it. I think I will like it even more with some melted cheese on it 🙂

  3. This is one of my favorite flavor combos! Anything with cheese and garlic is a recipe worth trying (and eating all of)!

  4. Didn’t know I could eat garlic and never have to worry about the taste plus smelling all garlic. Thanks to this cheesy garlic bread recipe you created. Time to do more garlic

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