Okay this is the easiest dinner EVER! Apart from slicing the red onions, you basically do no prep work. Everything is already done for you! The bread is made, the sauce is jarred (gasp! I know), the cheese is shredded, the pepperonis are sliced, and the black olives are canned.
Toast bread, rub with garlic clove, assemble, bake, eeaattttttt.
And it is just so good. So so so good. My homemade pizza days may be over forever! Unless I am just in the mood to make pizza dough and sauce from scratch, I am totally pulling out this gem whenever my pizza craving comes knocking.
French bread pizza yaasssssssssss….
I hope your weekend was absolutely perfect!! Ours was awesome. My dad actually came to visit for a few days, so we cooked, relaxed, went out to eat, toured around base and surrounding areas, and just hung out a lot.
We also had a raging tournament of “Hearts” (the card game). Ever played it? You should play it.
So this weekend I had an extra taste tester added to the Garlic Diaries team. This recipe was heavily approved by all! Including Boone of course…duh.
And I’m not even sad today is Monday. My weekend was fun and it didn’t absolutely fly by in what felt like 3 seconds like so many weekends do. Part of the reason my Monday blues aren’t present today is because this week AND next week aren’t full weeks of school!
This Wednesday we have a secondary retreat, so I won’t be home, but I also won’t be at school. And then a week from today is Labor Day, which we also have off. Three day weekend whhhaaattttt…oh yeah.
It’s not that I don’t love my job, but everyone enjoys days off!
We are going to head to Kansas City again and frolic around there for a few days.
Okay okay back to this tasty, mouthwatering pizza aka the easiest thing ever (and yummiest).
You can totally and 100 percent make your own sauce for this if you want to. I almost always aaaalways make my own marinara sauce for pizza and pasta, but I wanted this to be a quick, easy recipe. And I couldn’t really call it “easy” if it involved a homemade sauce.
But I will tell you – it was so good with jarred sauce! I think in the future I’ll keep using jarred sauce with this recipe just to keep everything simple and carefree.
As for the toppings, you can add whatever your beautiful heart desires. These happen to be some of my favorite toppings, but anything (really…anything!) would be wonderful on this pizza.
Happy Monday! Sorry if my Monday-ness is too peppy for you.
French Bread Pizza will make your day better!
- 1 loaf whole wheat French bread
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 jar marinara sauce - we used Newman's Own Tomato and Basil. You won't use the whole jar, just eyeball how much sauce you want
- 16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese. You won't use the whole bag, but the 8 oz bag isn't quite enough
- 1 bag of pepperonis
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 small can black olives
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Slice the french bread in half and pull out a little bit of the insides so there is less bread - not too much! Just a shallow amount
- Spread the softened butter all across of the top of each french bread half
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Slice the tip off of a clove of garlic so it creates a flat surface and rub the clove all over both french bread halves
- Cut the bread into the squares (size is up to you, but we sliced each half into about 5 slices)
- Place the slices against each other like they were before you sliced them. (Pre-slicing just makes things easier for you later. It is easier to slice the bread when it doesn't have any melty cheese and toppings)
- Spoon some sauce all over the tops of both French bread halves (eyeball how much you want)
- Sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese (eyeball how much you want)
- Place pepperonis all over the top of both halves
- Sprinkle red red onions and black olives on top of the pepperonis and cheese
- Sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper
- Bake for 15 minutes
Nutrition information is for 2 squares of pizza – and the squares are pretty sizable!
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
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