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The Best French Bread Pizzas

This recipe for French Bread Pizza is so easy to make, and so much better than anything from the frozen food aisle!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make french bread pizzas
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 692kcal


Garlic Butter

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning blend


  • 1 loaf French bread not a baguette
  • 1 cup pizza sauce more or less, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese more or less, to taste
  • 2/3 cup sliced pepperoni more or less, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese more or less, to taste
  • sprinkle of pizza seasoning optional


  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.  Set aside.

Garlic Butter and First Bake

  • Melt butter, in the microwave or on the stovetop, and combine melted butter with garlic powder, parsley and Italian seasoning.
  • Slice French bread in half crosswise, then slice those halves in half again lengthwise.  You’ll end up with 4 pieces of bread, somewhere around 7-8 inches long, and 3-4 inches wide.  
  • Brush garlic butter mixture over the cut sides of the bread, then bake for 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a bit of the mozzarella cheese.  Return to the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Finish the Pizzas

  • While pizzas are in the oven, for a crispier pepperoni, add pepperoni in a single layer on a plate and microwave for about 40 seconds. If you don't like crispy pepperoni, you can omit this step.
  • Remove baking sheet from the oven, then top pizzas with pizza sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese, partially cooked pepperoni, Parmesan cheese and pizza seasoning.
  • Return to oven and bake about 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starting to brown.
  • If desired, drizzle with any leftover garlic butter and serve hot.


Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1619mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 419mg | Iron: 5mg