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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally Published On: March 28, 2019
Last Updated On: March 18, 2020
Cheesy Garlic Bread
- 1 loaf French bread
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1-2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 2 tsp parsley
- 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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