Baked French Bread Pizzas

French bread pizzas are an easy to make pizza creation packed with crisp and soft bread with cheese and sauce covered toppings. Every bite is delicious and filling.

aerial view of several pieces of french bread pizzas on and off of a large wood cutting board

French bread pizza recipe

As you may have already guessed, French bread pizzas are incredibly easy to make and prepare at home. They’re frugal, filling, and easy. Perfect for a pizza night when the budget doesn’t allow delivery and you don’t want to make your own DIY pizza crusts.

While I enjoy making my own pizza crusts like Pizza Dough In a Bag or my No Rise Pizza Dough Recipe, french bread pizzas still hold a special place in my heart. I love how I can take a $1 loaf and a few toppings to create a cheap filling meal in minutes flat.

ingredients needed for french bread pizzas

French bread pizza ingredients

  • French bread
  • Sauce
  • Toppings
  • Cheese
  • Olive oil

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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a few halves of baked french bread pizzas

Tips for making easy french bread pizza recipe

French bread is a firmer crusted bread with a chewy white filling inside. We love it as-is but sometimes I want softer bread for my pizzas. In those cases, I’ll grab a softer Italian loaf of bread from the bakery and use it. Tastes the same, but without the harder crunchy crust.

Also, the olive oil step is completely optional. I almost never brush my bread with oil and prebake it. The only times I actually do are when I want m bread firmer. for a softer texture, place sauce directly on untoasted bread. For a firmer bite, do the olive oil step and the sauce won’t soak into the bread as easily. As I said, it’s optional and works either way.

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FAQ’s about bread loaf pizzas

How long are French bread pizzas good for?

These are best eaten after being made while still warm but leftovers could be stored in an airtight continer in the ridge for up to a day before getting soggy or “off” in texture. Reheat before eating for that nice warm feeling.

How do you make french bread pizza?

Take a loaf of French bread and slice it in half lengthwise along the middle to make a top and bottom half. Spread sauce on top, cover in pizza cheeses and toppings and bake until cheese is melted.

How long to cook French bread pizza

The french bread pizza cook time is dependant on the oven temp. The higher the oven temp, the less time it takes in the oven because the cheese melts faster. I like to cook mine at 425 for about 10-15 minutes.

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How to make french bread pizza

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Slice the french bread loaf in half and then in half again so that there are two top halves and two bottom halves.

Brush the tops with olive oil and bake in the oven for 3 minutes to help toast the bread so that the sauce doesn’t soak into the bread as much.

Spread sauce over the top of the toasted bread.

Top with cheese and your favorite pizza toppings.

Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese has melted and french bread is desired crispness.

Serve warm.

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Baked French Bread Pizzas

French bread pizzas are an easy to make pizza creation packed with crisp and soft bread with cheese and sauce covered toppings. Every bite is delicious and filling.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy french bread pizza recipe, french bread pizza recipe, french bread pizzas, how to make french bread pizza, recipe for french bread pizza
Servings: 4 halves
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal


  • 1 French bread loaf
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 cup Sauce marinara, BBQ sauce, etc
  • 2 cups Shredded cheese mozzarella, parm, provolone, or italian blend

toppings of choice

  • Cooked chicken
  • Pepperoni
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Mushrooms


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Slice french breads in half widthwise before slicing them in half the other way to reveal the soft insides. This makes it much easier to cut and portion.
  • Brush olive oil over the crust and insides of the bread. Bake in oven, white side up, for 3 minutes. This helps to toast up the bread so the sauce spreads better and the texture is nice.
  • Spread sauce on the white halves of the bread.
  • Top with cheese and toppings as desired.
  • Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until desired crispness has been reached.
  • Serve warm.
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Serving: 11/8 loaf piece | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 10.1g | Fat: 7.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 5.1mg | Sodium: 345.1mg | Potassium: 146.1mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 1.7g | Vitamin A: 35.9IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 290.2mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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