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Margherita French Bread Pizza

This Margherita French Bread Pizza is a great snack or weeknight meal idea. It’s budget friendly, filling, and quicker than pulling out the pizza dough! A hollowed out load of French bread is the perfect vessel for sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings you desire. For this Margherita pizza I kept it simple with hearty tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Simply slice into sections and serve family style. Think of this as garlic bread and pizza combined!

Crusty French bread with melty cheese, sauce, and desired toppings. The perfect bite!

Highlights of this French bread pizza:

  • Family favorite – kids will love making this
  • Can be made with any of your favorite pizza toppings
  • Budget friendly
  • No hassle of pizza dough
  • Great for game day or for a crowd
  • Can be served family style or as part of a spread
  • Quicker then traditional pizza
  • Endless topping ideas

First Steps:

  • Hollow out French bread loaf
  • Drizzle with olive oil and bake until crispy
  • Make sauce (or use store-bought)
  • Top baked bread with sauce

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Grocery Store List & Substitutions:

  • Beefsteak tomatoes, could also use Roma tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Loaf of French bread, could use baguette or Italian bread as well
  • Black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Other desired toppings
  • Fresh Basil

Tools I used for this Margherita Pizza:

Bake until bubbly and warm, if desired broil until extra golden brown. Top with more fresh tomatoes and chopped basil for some freshness! Serve with warm pizza sauce or ranch for dipping!

Topping ideas:

  • Ham or Canadian bacon
  • Green or black olives
  • Feta and marinated artichokes
  • Sausage and green peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Pesto and parmesan cheese

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Instructions Margherita French Bread Pizza:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Slice the top off of a loaf of French bread and hollow out the middle. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.
  • In a mixing bowl combine chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Mash to combine into a sauce.*
  • Remove French bread from the oven, top with sauce and mozzarella cheese. Add slices of tomato. Bake at 375 for another 18-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve with fresh basil. Slice and enjoy immediately.

Notes:

*You can substitute store-bought pizza sauce 

Final Steps:

  • Top with cheese and tomatoes + any other toppings
  • Bake until warm and bubbly
  • Broil if desired

Margherita French Bread Pizza

5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword: Appetizers, Finger Food, French Bread, French Bread Pizza, Game Day Snack, Pizza
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 376kcal
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Ingredients:  

  • 2-3 Beefsteak tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 Loaf French bread
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato slices
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Slice the top off of a loaf of French bread and hollow out the middle. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.
  • In a mixing bowl combine chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Mash to combine into a sauce.*
  • Remove French bread from the oven, top with sauce and mozzarella cheese. Add slices of tomato. Bake at 375 for another 18-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve with fresh basil. Slice and enjoy immediately.

Notes:

*You can substitute store-bought pizza sauce 

Nutrition:

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 376 kcalCarbohydrates: 41 gProtein: 21 gFat: 15 gSaturated Fat: 8 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 4 gCholesterol: 44 mgSodium: 994 mgPotassium: 401 mgFiber: 3 gSugar: 7 gVitamin A: 1347 IUVitamin C: 16 mgCalcium: 344 mgIron: 3 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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