How to Make French Bread Pizza

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French Bread Pizza is one of our favorite easy weeknight dinners. We will show you the RIGHT way to make it so you get flavorful, cheesy, crisp pizza every time.

French Bread Pizza (The RIGHT Way)

French Bread Pizza is crispy, cheesy and easy to put on the table on busy weeknights, or on a Friday pizza night. Faster than you can order pizza from a take-out place you can have delicious pizza in about 20 minutes. This is the perfect recipe for when you just aren’t feeling up to making homemade dough and you don’t want to wait to get pizza delivered to your door.

Tips for Avoiding Soggy French Bread Pizza

I love using French bread when making pizza but for a long time I didn’t understand why it was always soggy and not crispy and cheesy. Here are some tips I found that really help:

  • Layer on some of your toppings FIRST, then add the sauce.
  • I like to do a layer of pepperoni and then spread the sauce over it.
  • Pre-baking the bread also helps so it doesn’t get soggy. You will get lightly crisp French bread pizza every time!

Can I Freeze French Bread Pizza?

  • You can freeze this pizza to have on hand for whenever you need a quick dinner or snack. Follow steps 1-7 in the recipe. Instead of baking the pizzas a second time, place the pizza in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until frozen. After it’s completely frozen, place slices in individual freezer bags and keep frozen for up to 6 months.
  • To reheat frozen pizza, preheat oven to 400-degrees. Place pizza slices on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Most toppings can be frozen. The only ingredient we’ve found doesn’t freeze well is fresh tomatoes. They can make the bread soggy. Other than that, throw on all of your favorite toppings and freeze away!

Follow These Steps for Perfect Pizza

First, spread on some garlic butter and bake. This gives the pizza an AMAZING flavor.

Next, add a layer of pepperoni. This helps the bread from getting soggy.

Then, add the sauce.

Add cheese and some more pepperoni.

Last of all, bake and serve.

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How to Make French Bread Pizza (the RIGHT way)

hot French bread pizza after being baked in the oven

How to Make French Bread Pizza (the RIGHT way)

5 from 6 votes
French bread pizza is one of our favorite easy weeknight dinners. We will show you the RIGHT way to make it so you get flavorful, cheesy, crisp pizza every time.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  • In a small bowl, melt butter. Add garlic powder and fresh parsley.
  • Slice French bread lengthwise and brush garlic butter mixture onto the bread.
  • Place French bread on a large baking sheet, open-side up. Bake 5-8 minute or until bread is nice and golden-brown.
  • Remove bread from oven and reduce oven heat to 350-degrees.
  • Place half of the pepperoni in a layer over the bread.
  • Spread pizza sauce over the pepperoni, then add cheese and remaining pepperoni.
  • Bake for another 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Cut into slices and serve immediately.

Video

Nutrition Information

Calories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 23gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1122mgPotassium: 255mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 805IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 330mgIron: 2.6mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Best French bread pizza I’ve ever made according to 4/4 eaters tonight. The garlic butter sent it over the top! Also easy to customize with toppings after the basic idea of toast, non-sauce layer, sauce, and then toppings. Appreciate the basic ratios, too! Thanks so much! Will definitely make again!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe worked perfectly, though I ended up putting the finished pizzas under the broiler for about 1 1/2 minutes. The temp suggestions and all the preparation tips were spot on. Fabulous. Crispy exterior to the bread, nice interior texture. Perfect. Don’t ever buy frozen and nuke it again.

  3. This French bread pizza is great! I used just a little less garlic powder, I used a box grater to shred my cheese, and Prima Della Pepperoni from Walmart. I used French bread from King Soopers. Follow the directions and you will not be disappointed. It is great reheated.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a total family favorite! I love how this method keeps it crisp and delicious, no sogginess here!

  5. 5 stars
    Yum!! I love french bread pizza and so does my family! It’s perfect because we can all pick our favorite toppings!

  6. Yum! We love French bread piazza for lunch after church. My husband always asks for wings with his pizza, any chance you have a recipe for buffalo wings? ??

  7. I read that it is better if you place down the toppings first, than the sauce and cheese. kepsthem from burning or drying out

  8. I haven’t tried your recipe yet but, the pictures appear that you hollowed out your French Bread first. Can you tell me if that’s what you did?

    1. I actually just pressed down on the soft part of the bread so I could fit more toppings. I didn’t remove any bread from the middle. Hope this helps!