French Bread Pizza

Using the cheat of a simple loaf of French bread, you can recreate the entire pizza experience with minimal effort and time!

French Bread Pizza sliced on a wooden cutting board
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Making some homemade pizza whenever you want would be great, but who has the time? Instead, why not make it way easier with this French Bread Pizza recipe?

Make sure to make your own Marinara Sauce for your French bread pizza! Rather than just a simple garlic and butter mixture, why not make this delicious Garlic Butter Sauce for an extra layer of flavor!

French Bread Pizza sliced on a wooden cutting board

French Bread Pizza

There are few things better than a tasty homemade pizza.

However, preparing the bread, getting the oven hot, or even preparing a pizza oven is just far too much work. It is usually easier to just get a takeout pizza and forget your dreams of making pizza at home.

With this recipe, however, you don’t need to dream any longer!

Using the help cheat of a simple loaf of French bread, you can recreate the entire pizza experience with minimal effort and time!

French Bread Pizza ingredients in small white bowls

Where Can You Get Some French Bread For This Recipe?

This recipe requires you to get some French bread to serve as the base for all of your ingredients.

But where are you supposed to get a really good loaf of French bread?

Well, the first option is to just make it yourself! If you aren’t too much of a baker, however, the next best thing is to find someone who is!

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you should be able to find a good quality bakery somewhere near you.

Chances are, they will keep at least some French bread on hand. If not, don’t be afraid to ask them when or if they might start stocking some French bread; they might start stocking it for you if there is interest!

If not, they can probably recommend another bakery that will.

Failing that, of course, most supermarkets will have at least some French bread-style bread in the bread aisle.

French Bread Pizza unsliced on a baking sheet

How To Stop The Cheese From Getting Soggy?

One of the most common problems when making any kind of pizza with cheese on it is that the cheese gets all soggy and sort of gross as it cooks.

This happens because the cheese most people use has too much excess moisture inside it.

This excess water leeches out of the cheese once the heat hits it, eventually turning your French bread pizza into a soggy mush.

The key to avoiding this is to simply use a low-moisture mozzarella!

Though it can be hard to find sometimes, look for mozzarella that comes in a solid block or ones that are sometimes sold as “melting cheese.”

Those weird sticks of long, thin cheese that are used for kids’ lunchboxes are also really great for this!

French Bread Pizza slice being held up by a hand

What Other Kinds Of Toppings Work Well For This French Bread Pizza?

Everyone has their own favorite pizza toppings, so you should simply choose whichever is your favorite.

However, this French bread pizza is just begging for customization and playing around with the flavors, so why not go crazy and try a few different combinations?

  1. Pineapple & Ham

Despite its heinous reputation, pineapple and ham could turn this recipe into a really tasty French bread Hawaiian pizza.

2. Neapolitan Pizza

Not a lot of people tend to really like fish on their pizza, but done right, it can be a really tasty combination. Try adding some tinned fish and even a few sliced olives to create something a bit more briny and interesting!

3. Meat Heavy

Pepperoni is a favorite for a reason, but for the meat lovers out there, why not keep it going and add even more meat?

Sausage, crumbled up, ground beef, or even sliced hot dogs can make a meat lover’s French bread pizza that would put a certain fast food pizza chain to shame!

It is always tempting to stick to only what you already know, but don’t be afraid to branch out a little bit and play around with some of the flavors.

Looking for more delicious bread-based Snacks recipes? Try these out:

Pepperoni Bread

Welsh Rarebit

Cheater Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Happy Cooking




Using the cheat of a simple loaf of French bread, you can recreate the entire pizza experience with minimal effort and time!

French Bread Pizza

Using the cheat of a simple loaf of French bread, you can recreate the entire pizza experience with minimal effort and time!
5 from 2 votes
French Bread Pizza sliced on a wooden cutting board
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Side Dish
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 loaf french bread (sliced in half lengthwise)
  • ¼ cup salted butter (softened)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 ½ cups pizza sauce
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • cups mozzarella cheese (Grated)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (Grated)
  • ½ cup thin sliced pepperoni


  • Preheat oven to 450°
  • Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise.
  • In a small bowl add the butter and garlic. Mix it well to combine and spread on the sliced bread.
  • Place the bread onto a baking sheet, cut side up. Bake it for about 5 minutes or until the butter is melted on top and it is lightly browned. Remove from the oven.
  • Remove from the oven and spread pizza sauce evenly on the top. Sprinkle with the oregano.
  • Add the cheeses, the pepperoni and other toppings you may want and bake for 12-15 minutes or until bubbly on top. You can also broil it at the end for 1-2 minutes to get it to brown a bit on the top.
  • Cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add your favorite toppings such as ham, pineapple, mushrooms, sausage, green and red peppers,

Nutrition Information

Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 908mg, Potassium: 241mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 569IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 218mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Earlyne says

    Hi Ms cook! I never could understand why my pizza crust, no matter what I used as a crust, turned out soggy, not crispy like we like it. Never realized it was because of the cheese. A lot of time I use any cheese I grated but now after your hint, I’ll be more mindful of what I buy. I’ve never used French bread but I’ll definitely try it now. About the sauce, I tend to stay away from tomato sauce as I suffer from acid reflux. So awful. Usually make my own pesto, works great! I read/make your recipes often so thank you for your helpful hints, as always.

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