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The Best Easy Garlic Bread Recipe (Cheesy Garlic Bread)

Learn how to make the best cheesy garlic bread with my easy garlic bread recipe. Full of buttery flavor, this will be a favorite to serve with any pasta dish.

Easy cheesy garlic bread makes a perfect side dish for any pasta, soup, or salad.
The Best Easy Garlic Bread Recipe
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Is there anything more delicious than cheesy, buttery, garlicky carbs?

To this Italian girl, the answer is no.

(See also: The Best Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parmesan Garlic Twice Baked Potato Casserole)

One of my family’s favorite things is garlic bread.

In fact my kid begs for it every time we order pizza. “Mommmmmm, can we get garlic bread?”

So we’ve started serving it up whenever we have pasta or even salad.

And this version of cheesy garlic bread is the best and super easy to make since it uses store bought bread.

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools

Garlic bread ingredients: Italian bread, Italian seasoning, garlic, butter, and cheese
Garlic bread ingredients: Italian bread, Italian seasoning, garlic, butter, and cheese

To make this you’ll need:

  • Bread– Use a good loaf of Italian style bakery bread. Look for a loaf that is soft but crusty.
  • Butter– Melted unsalted butter
  • Garlic– Use actual fresh garlic and not the minced jarred garlic or garlic powder. The only substitute I would make for fresh garlic is Roast Garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese– Look I go extra and use both the grated kind from a jar and some good shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh basil

Aside from a bread knife and cutting board, I find it very helpful to have a garlic press on hand for this.

How to Make this Cheesy Easy Garlic Bread Recipe

1. Prep the bread.

Slice the bread in half
Slice the bread in half

Cut the bread down the middle lengthwise so you have two long halves of bread. Put the cut bread onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick spray.

2. Make the garlic butter.

Melt the butter and stir in the garlic and herbs
Melt the butter and stir in the garlic and herbs

Melt the butter in the microwave. Once it is melted, add the garlic and the Italian seasoning to the butter and stir it together.

3. Assemble the bread.

Brush the garlic herb butter onto the sliced bread
Brush the garlic herb butter onto the sliced bread

Ok Avengers, it’s time to assemble the bread by brushing or spooning the melted garlic herb butter evenly over the bread until it is all gone.

4. Bake.

Bake the garlic bread in the oven.
Bake the garlic bread in the oven.

Bake the bread at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Then remove it from the oven.

Top with shredded Parmesan cheese.
Top with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the bread. Bake or broil until cheese melts.

Finish the garlic bread with fresh basil leaves, and parsley.
Finish the garlic bread with fresh basil leaves, and parsley.

Top with chopped parsley and fresh basil if desired. Enjoy!

What goes good with garlic bread?

Easy cheesy garlic bread makes a perfect side dish for any pasta, soup, or salad.
The Best Easy Garlic Bread Recipe

We make this with almost any pasta and love to serve it with:

We also love it with soups like:

And it’s perfect with salads like Buffalo Chicken Caesar Salad or Shrimp Caprese Salad.

Really, there’s almost nothing that I wouldn’t serve with this bread!

Does garlic bread go with spaghetti?

Garlic bread pairs very well spaghetti and almost any other kind of Italian or Italian American pasta dishes.

Is garlic bread Italian or French?

Garlic bread evolved from bruschetta, which is an Italian appetizer. Bruschetta has toasted pieces of bread rubbed with garlic and then topped with tomatoes and herbs.

What country invented garlic bread?

Technically Italian Americans invented garlic bread as we know it today. But it does stem from the Italian recipe for bruschetta.

Tips and Tricks

Easy cheesy garlic bread makes a perfect side dish for any pasta, soup, or salad.
The Best Easy Garlic Bread
  • The fresh herbs are optional, but really make it it something special and I highly recommend using them.
  • Not serving kids this? Add a few sprinkles of red pepper flakes for a little heat.
  • For a more authentic bread, you could use olive oil instead of butter.
  • Serve this warm for a real treat!
  • If you broil the bread to melt the cheese, watch the bread very closely. It will melt in 30 seconds to a minute.

Other Loaded Bread Recipes

Easy cheesy garlic bread makes a perfect side dish for any pasta, soup, or salad.
The Best Easy Garlic Bread Recipe

This cheesy easy garlic bread recipe is a staple in our house. We pair it with almost anything and everything!

Looking for other ways to turn a loaf of bread into something extra delicious? Try these:

Easy cheesy garlic bread makes a perfect side dish for any pasta, soup, or salad.

Easy Garlic Bread Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 13 minutes

Learn how to make the best cheesy garlic bread with my easy garlic bread recipe. Full of buttery flavor, this will be a favorite to serve with any pasta dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of store bought Italian bakery bread
  • 12 tbs of butter, melted
  • 6 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil and parsley

Instructions

  1. Cut the bread down the middle lengthwise so you have two long halves of bread.
  2. Put the cut bread onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick spray.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  4. Once it is melted, add the garlic and the Italian seasoning to the butter and stir it together.
  5. Brush or spoon the melted garlic herb butter evenly over the bread until it is all gone.
  6. Bake the bread at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Then remove it from the oven.
  8. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the bread.
  9. Bake or broil until cheese melts.
  10. Top with chopped parsley and fresh basil if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

see post for notes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 720mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

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