French Bread Pizza Recipe

Make this delicious homemade French bread pizza recipe for an easy weeknight dinner or weekend lunch. These pizzas go together quickly and taste is so fresh. Customize your pizza by using your family’s favorite toppings!

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There are certain things from our childhoods that stay with us always. Family vacations, the annual school shopping trip, staying up late, and meals that tasted wonderful. During the summer, lunch at our house was usually whatever we could find. As we got older, my brothers and I were on our own, and could make what we wanted. A favorite option was pizza made from bread, sauce, and cheese. That’s it! Nothing fancy, but it was so good.

We had a gas oven that you had to light with a match, and I was never very good at it. I usually asked one of my brothers or my mom to do it! We laid the bread out on a cookie sheet, and toasted it the oven for just a minute. We then added sauce and cheese. A few more minutes in the oven and lunch was ready.

The French bread pizza recipe I’m sharing today isn’t exactly the bread pizza from my childhood, but it took me back there for a little while. As I was working in the kitchen, I enjoyed spreading the sauce, and sprinkling the cheese. This is an easy meal to prepare, but it’s filling and so good.

french bread pizza ingredients

French Bread Pizza Ingredients

  • French bread: use any kind of soft crust French bread. The sub bun size also works and is perfect for two people. Avoid baguettes because the crust is very hard.
  • Butter: softened or melted butter helps toast the bread so the sauce doesn’t sink into the French bread pizza and become mushy. Olive oil is also a good choice.
  • Oregano: sprinkle on the butter before toasting for that classic homemade pizza taste.
  • Red pepper flakes: to spice your pizza up a bit, but this is totally optional.
  • Pizza sauce: my favorite brand is Contadina, but use what you like best.
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  • Small tomatoes: I love Campari tomatoes. They come on the vine, and are the perfect size for topping. They are also delicious in salads. Roma tomatoes are also very good.
  • Pepperoni: adds amazing flavor. The thinly sliced variety works best.
  • Mozzarella cheese: fresh hand-shredded cheese is always delicious, but feel free to use what’s in the bag.
  • Parmesan cheese: adds a salty taste to this French bread pizza and more texture on top.
  • Fresh basil leaves: fresh herbs are always great!

About the ingredients:

This French bread pizza recipe is meant to be used as a guideline. What you choose and how much is up to you. Vary your ingredients according to your family’s taste, and have fun with it!

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French Bread Pizza Topping Ideas

Simply use your family’s favorite pizza toppings, veggies, and cheeses. Here are some suggestions:

  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Italian sausage
  • Ground beef
  • Shredded chicken
  • Bacon
  • Sweet onion
  • Red onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Green, yellow, or red peppers
  • Artichokes
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh parsley
french bread pizza with tomatoes

French Bread Pizza Tips + Variations

  • Line the baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up. This is a step that I highly recommend!
  • Every oven is different…so place the baking sheet where your oven cooks evenly. In my convection gas oven, I move the middle rack up one notch.
  • Using one or two large loaves of French bread works great. As I mentioned above, another option is to use smaller sub buns. The bakery at my local Kroger sometimes has them, and they are very good. The brand Schwebel’s makes Italian sub buns, as well as Nickles and Aunt Millie’s. Sometimes they are called hoagie buns. Pepperidge Farms makes them with sesame seeds and they are amazing!
  • Loaves of French bread vary in size, so adjust the ingredients accordingly. The loaves at my local Kroger bakery measure about 14 inches x 5 inches.

Semi-Homemade Pizza Sauce

If you can’t find a pizza sauce that you love, try making this semi-homemade version. Mix together 1 cup of tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and fresh cracked pepper. Use your favorite brand of tomato sauce, or if you have a garden and can your own, that works beautifully too. Our favorite brand of tomato paste and tomato sauce is Contadina.

pieces of french bread pizza

I plan to make these French bread pizzas with my grandchildren in a few weeks. The two older kids aren’t the biggest pizza fans, but maybe if they help me put them together, they will like them! These are very easy for kids to eat, and they make such a fun and casual meal.

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French Bread Pizza Recipe

Make these delicious French bread pizzas for an easy weeknight dinner or weekend lunch. They go together quickly and the taste is so fresh. Customize by using your family's favorite toppings!
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5 from 11 votes
Servings: 3 people
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
toasting time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf unsliced soft French bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • dried oregano
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 12 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • pepperoni slices
  • other toppings of your choice (See list of topping suggestions.)
  • 4 Campari or Roma tomatoes
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Slice the loaf of French bread in half, lengthwise. Place on baking sheet that has been lined with foil.
  • Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with dried oregano.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with pizza sauce.
  • Add half the mozzarella.
  • Distribute your favorite toppings evenly over the two halves.
  • Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Add sliced tomatoes if desired.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are toasted and cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.
  • Wait 5 minutes, slice and serve.

Notes

My loaf of French bread measured about 14 inches x 5 inches. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 989kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 2539mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2303IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 815mg | Iron: 7mg
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37 Comments

  1. Susan McKim says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this delicious pizza recipe you shared twice now. Only way to go for just hubby and I. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  2. the tip/step to toast the bread before toppings made all the difference in the world.
    Silly me for never thinking of that.

  3. This looks so good – perfect for lunch with friends. Thanks for sharing !

  4. Micaela Brundage says:

    This looks so good!

  5. Aubrey Fisher says:

    I love French bread pizza. We used to make it all the time as kids!

  6. Looks delicious & easy! Plus, who doesn’t like French bread.

  7. Love the recipes. I can’t wait to try the cinnamon roll hack!

  8. Carolyn Cohen says:

    I can’t wait to try this.

  9. Denise Duggan says:

    LOVE IT! Reminds me of my childhood too! Simple but delicious!

  10. LeslieLewis says:

    5 stars
    We have used a recipe similar to this for years and love it. Grandkids especially love going to the garden to pick their own toppings

  11. Looks delicious and so easy to fix!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  12. Carol Kindt says:

    5 stars
    When I was a kid my mom used to make something similar but she toasted slices of bread and then laid on the sauce and cheese. We thought that was so special and delicious. Thank you for the new and improved idea on the pizza theme.

  13. One of our favorites is pizza. Sadly our favorite pizza place that made the best brick oven style foldable (NY style) is not open on our special eating out day anymore due to lack of staff.
    I do enjoy homemade over a frozen style so this might just be a new thing for us. We enjoy staying home vs going out anyway.
    Thanks for the new idea Ann!!

  14. Gloria Rossiter says:

    I am not a pizza lover, but these sound delicious! Making my own sauce and having the bread as the dough may help with my health reasons for not liking pizza!

  15. Looks yummy. And a good recipe to use some of my herbs that I started growing this year after reading your herb posts.😃

  16. This recipe Is one of my fall backs for weeknights when I don’t have time to cook or it’s too hot. It goes great with a salad. Thank you for the recipe and ideas.

  17. Sonia Liekhus says:

    5 stars
    I used to sever French bread pizzas to my children when they were young but with a simpler set of ingredients (children have a limited pallet), but this recipe is wonderful to serve to adults who will enjoy a nicer array of flavors and textures. Cut up in smaller pieces and a great appetizer.

  18. I remember buying these in the freezer section 40 years ago. Homemade will be so much better.

  19. 5 stars
    Aah, brilliant .. why I didn’t think of this before, LOL!!! But thank you for sharing, this is making pizza night a little more fun (variety)!

  20. Valerie Bouchard says:

    5 stars
    Sounds yummy! Will have to adapt to gluten-free but definitely want to make this! Thank you for sharing!

  21. 5 stars
    This definitely takes me back. We all loved french bread pizzas when we were young and so did my boys. This is on the menu for tonight. Have a great week :)

  22. This is a perfect easy summer dinner, doing it tonight!

  23. 5 stars
    This sounds so yummy and easy enough to prepare! And I really like the grater you recommend.

  24. Cathie Wallace says:

    I made these last night for Hubby and myself. Wow they were so delicious and we loved the fresh basil and Roma tomatoes. Thank you for sharing this recipe it is surely a keeper. Happy Summer.
    Cathie in PA.

  25. I’m excited to give this a try! I have tomato and basil growing in the garden this year!

  26. Forgot about these pizzas! Bring back such nice memories!
    Thank you.

  27. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ll be switching out the meat for a veggie option. Thank you! :)

  28. Christina says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious!

  29. Kathleen Mooney says:

    5 stars
    As always, another great recipe to add to the box 🥰

  30. Pamela Smith says:

    I used to make these a lot when my kids were at home, but haven’t made them in a long time. I think it’s time for a grown-up version! Thanks for the reminder and suggestions for toppings!

  31. Lisa Umansky says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and a perfect easy summer Sunday dinner!

  32. I love any kind of pizza and this looks yummy.Ann,have you ever tried making pizza using English muffins? I used to make these mini pizzas when my kids were little, so good.

  33. My family would love me so much if I made this!! Looks SO good! I need to try it… :-)

  34. I love french bread pizzas but I now make them with pita bread because it is less calories.

  35. We do make it! I like your idea of toasting the bread first, though. I am going to do that from now on. And with the increased cost of premade or restaurant pizza, a fresh and easy way to enjoy pizza!
    I too was terrified to light a gas oven as a kid! 😉 You were not alone….

  36. Ethel Alderson says:

    Can ‘t this be cooked on a grill if the grill has a thero?
    I can set ours to 400 degrees. It holds temp as long as you don’t open the oven. Then you could add hot dogs for the kids to the grill. We cook our vegetables during the summer on back shelf on foil in the grill. Makes for a cool kitchen!
    PS. Please add dates back to post and comment section.