Garlic Bread

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Spaghetti just seems lonely without garlic bread, and it’s so easy to make. There are several methods and twists for making garlic bread, the most simple being just rubbing a cut clove of garlic over slices of Italian or French bread, spreading the bread with butter and heating in the oven. Here are a couple of methods that make wonderful garlic bread, depending on how you like it, either toasty or soft.

Garlic Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 13 minutes


  • 1 16-ounce loaf of Italian bread or French bread
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Method 1 - Toasted

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

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2 Cut the bread in half, horizontally. Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley together in a small bowl. Spread butter mixture over the the two bread halves. Place on a sturdy baking pan (one that can handle high temperatures, not a cookie sheet) and heat in the oven for 10 minutes.

3 Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over bread if you want. Return to oven on the highest rack. Broil on high heat for 2-3 minutes until the edges of the bread begin to toast and the cheese (if you are using cheese) bubbles. Watch very carefully while broiling. The bread can easily go from un-toasted to burnt.

4 Remove from oven, let cool a minute. Remove from pan and make 1-inch thick slices. Serve immediately.

Method 2 - Soft


Preheat oven to 350°F. Make the butter, garlic, parsley mixture as above. Make 1-inch thick slices into the bread, but do not go all the way through, just to the bottom crust. Put a teaspoon or two of the butter mixture between each slice. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and heat for 15 minutes in the oven.

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  • Jo

    Another great recipe! Made the toasted version (using sliced baguette) to go alongside some pumpkin soup. Would highly recommend using a sprinkle of parmesan as suggested, it takes it to the next level. The soup was delicious, but the real star was the garlic bread. Everyone ate more of it than they did the soup…

  • Milena

    This is delicious. Definitely the best garlic bread I’ve ever had. Thanks!

  • valerio

    i’m italian…here in italy no one eats spaghetti with garlic bread, mostly, no one know what garlic bread is supposed to be

  • Ryan

    Thanks for the recipe…big hit with my 3 and 7 year old boys with our lasagne tonight!

  • Jim

    Uhh, method 1 step 3 “Broil on high heat for 2-3 minutes until the edges of the bread begin to toast and the cheese”… THE BREAD CAUGHT ON FIRE!

    Whenever you use a broiler, you need to take care and watch what you are broiling. Note the instructions, “Watch very carefully while broiling. The bread can easily go from un-toasted to burnt.” The bread should not catch fire. If it does, it’s because it’s too close to your broiler burner. ~Elise

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