French bread pizza couldn’t be simpler and makes a great fast dinner when you’re in a pinch. Add your favorite toppings and use a loaf of store bought french bread for ultimate convenience.
I know what you must think. You think I roam around here in pearls and high heels cooking “fancy food” (that was according to my friend and reader Katie). I oppose both ideas. I’m not fancy. Fancy is honeysuckle infused pear galettes with lavender whipped cream. That’s fancy.
Trust me, I’m no honeysuckle, and this is just pizza y’all.
I also don’t have high heels to cook in. In fact, I don’t even own a pair.
Truth is–I’m as busy as you are. Freakishly busy. So busy that some nights I just want the fastest, most convenient thing I can whip up. This french bread pizza is it.
We’ve had a lot of different crusts in our lives. Thin ones, deep dish ones,store-bought ones, homemade cheesy-bread ones. But we seem to really enjoy this version for those nights when homemade just isn’t going to happen.
Just grab a big soft loaf of french bread from your deli, half it, and top it. Easy. I like it a lot for customizing. We have picky eaters in this house and I can easily make sections for each person.
It just means a lot to me to be able to whip up something semi-healthy and cheaper than hitting the drive through and have it ready to eat in under a half hour.
If you want less bread, don’t be afraid to dig out a bit of the center. I also add fresh herbs to mine–those are great if you have them. If you don’t, feel free to sprinkle on some dried ones. And I highly recommend fresh mozzarella. It just melts so much better. Just say no to the bag people. You can find fresh mozzarella in your cheese section wrapped in plastic. I may look like a big ball. Just don’t get the ones in water you find in your specialty cheese area. They’re too soft.
French bread pizza
- 1 loaf french bread I used garlic french bread
- 3/4 cup jarred or homemade marinara sauce divided in half
- 2 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
- toppings of your choice (I used bell pepper onion, mushrooms, and pepperoni)
- Fresh basil oregano and parsley (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the french bread in half lengthwise and place on a cookie sheet side by side. You can remove a little bit of the soft center if you think it's too thick. I leave mine as it is.
- Spread the sauce on each half.
- Sprinkle on 1/2 cup of cheese on each half.
- Add your toppings and then add the remaining cheese.
- Sprinkle with fresh herbs if you are using them.
- Bake until the edges start to get crisp and the cheese melts, about 15-18 minutes or so. Just keep an eye on it. You can also broil the top a bit if you want your toppings a little crisper.
- This recipe feeds four big adults or two children and two adults well.