French Bread Pizza… done right!

French Bread Pizza… done right!

French Bread Pizza…done right! bywhatscookingwithruthie.com

French Bread Pizza
I had my hair trimmed last week as I was catching up with my hairdresser, Gordon and his wife, Audra.  I told them about my new cooking blog. We talked about their new “Children cook Dinner” nights at their house. (Not such a bad idea, A???) Basically each child gets to pick the meal, which must include… a vegi, a main dish, and a salad.  The child is responsible to tell the parents what groceries are needed and then each kid has a night they cook their meal!! 

Apparently, their kids loved doing it! Gordan and Audra said, “they’ve never eaten so good!!”  I offered to blog some kid cooking-friendly recipes that are easy and good tasting!  So, this French Bread Pizza is dedicated to them ;-)

My daughter Kate (who is taller than me now!?!?!) and her friend Alex are the chef’s for this recipe…

 

French Bread PizzaAlex and Kate

*Most recipes similar to this one that I’ve tasted end up with a soggy crust… the trick here is to bake it fast and at a really high temperature!

French Bread Pizza… done right!

2 loaves of French Bread (I have even found wheat lately)
1 jar of pizza sauce (if you like more sauce, you may want 2 jars)
Any toppings your family likes: Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, green peppers, onion, pineapple, mushrooms, olives,  tomatoes, etc
2 C  Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Cut the french bread in half length wise, put the halves on a cookie sheet open faced, spread a 1/4 of the jar on each side.  Put on your favorite toppings, and top each half with 1/2 C cheese.  Prepare and bake two halves at time and repeat.  Bake for 5-7 minutes till the cheese is melted and slightly browned.  Cut into 2 inch wide strips and serve.

French Bread Pizza…done right! bywhatscookingwithruthie.com

 

Here’s another delicious Alfredo Chicken French Bread Pizza recipe…

Chicken Alfredo French Bread Pizza by whatscookingwithruthie.com

 

 

This version is fabulous too… BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza

BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

French Bread Pizza
Ingredients
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Prepping toppings
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Slice bread length wise
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Silly chic!
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Add sauce, then toppings
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Top with cheese
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Bake 500 degrees 5-6 minutes
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Slice and Serve

My kids love this recipe (especially Jake).  It’s fast and simple and perfect for beginning kiddos who want to learn to cook.  Keep an eye out for more to come on this subject…

You may also be interested in these other pizza recipes:
Artisan Pizza by whatscookingwithruthie.com
Tomato Basil Naan Bread Pizza by whatscookingwithruthie.com
Happy Cooking!
4.8 from 6 reviews
French Bread Pizza… done right!
Author: Ruthie
Recipe type: Main
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 loaves of French Bread (I have even found wheat lately)
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce (if you like more sauce, you may want 2 jars)
  • Any toppings your family likes: Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, green peppers, onion, pineapple, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, ect
  • 2 C Mozzarella Cheese shredded
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Cut the french bread in half length wise, put the halves on a cookie sheet open faced, spread a ¼ of the jar on each side.
  3. Put on your favorite toppings, and top each half with ½ C cheese. Prepare and bake two halves at time and repeat.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes till the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  5. Cut into 2 inch wide strips and serve.

 

Comments

  1. Kendra says

    Thankyou for posting this! I am a new mom learning how to cook and I made this for me &the hubbys dinner. I got an A+++

    I was delicious! Definitely not ordering delivery anymore!

    • Ruth says

      Yeah!! That’s SO awesome! Way to go… You’d really like any of the crock pot recipes too, they are quick to throw together and turn out just fabulous!! Thank you so much for the comment :)

  2. E says

    So yummy :) My dad used to make french bread pizza all the time, but I’ve never made it for myself so it was good to have some pointers. It’s awesome that it’s so good and is ready so quickly.

    • Ruth says

      We LOVE this pizza, especially the kids! I’m glad it reminds you of fun memories with your dad!
      Thanks for you kind message! Ruthie

  3. VIckie says

    This is great. I however, do not always slice before serving. With four of us in the house (each with his/her own favorite toppings), I simply make everyone their own and they can slice it or eat it whole. So much easier than ordering pizza for everyone.

    • Ruth says

      That’s a super good idea!! I totally agree that French bread pizza is WAY better tasting and just as easy as ordering out… Thank you for the comment! Thanks for stopping bye :)

  4. Kate says

    I made this for my family tonight. Overall it was pretty good and very fun to make with my daughter. I do have 2 suggestions though. I bought 1 large loaf of french bread and cut it into fours. We went through 1 jar of pizza sauce and 3/4 bag of cheese on the first 2 pieces. I would recommend purchasing 2 jars of pizza sauce and 2 bags of cheese. On the first two loafs I baked them for 5 minutes and the second two loafs I baked for 7 minutes. 5 minutes was not enough. 7 minutes was perfect for the bread to not be too overcooked but the toppings and sauce were only lukewarm. So I’m not sure if maybe the temp/time need adjusted.

    • Ruth says

      Thanks for the feed back, Kate! I’m glad that you were able to make the recipe work for you and that you had fun with your daughter! I’ll go back and freshen up the recipe a bit because I’m sure ovens tend to vary on temperatures sometimes! Thanks for stopping by… xoxo

  5. says

    I can’t wait to try this! I am a tad bit obsessed with Stouffer’s french bread pizza as a comfort food and this will be cheaper, I’m sure.
    We make a Twirly Whirly pizza in our family, I did a post about it on my blog, it’s also customizable and everyone seems to love it.

    With either of them you can cut up and use as an appetizer or party food too. Score! :)
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Ruth says

      I’ll be sure to check out your Twirly Whirly Pizza! It sounds like so much fun!! This french bread recipe is super quick and yummy too! No more stouffer’s :) Thanks for the kind comment and for stopping by! xoxoxo

  6. says

    I’ve been collecting easy, kid-pleaser recipes for a family trip we are taking this fall. We are being as frugal as possible and cooking most meals at our rental home. This one will be perfect back at the rental house after a long day of Disney stuff. Fast and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Becky says

    Can’t wait to make this for dinner tomorrow, with 3 very picky kids you can’t go wrong with pizza :) Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

    • Ruth says

      Hi Becky! Thanks so much for your comment… you’re kids will love this pizza! It’s a family favorite of ours :) I’m so glad you found my site! Please stop by any time!!

  8. Jessica says

    Sorry, I’m confused on how to cut the bread. Making this tonight but how do I cut bread?? Looks so yummy!

  9. Kris says

    I love making french bread pizza at home! A tip I have though- I slice the bread open and then lightly toast it under the broiler before I put the sauce and toppings on it and it makes it less soggy! Thanks for reminding me to make this!

    • Ruth says

      Thanks for the tip, I’ll totally have to give that a try! I like them cooked quick and at a high temp because they don’t go soggy for me… the bottom is crunchy and the rest stays nice and soft with no sog :)

  10. Debbie says

    Hi there,
    I used to make this when all the kids were at home & I miss it! I’d like to make some for me but I’m wondering if I can freeze it?

    Thanks!

    • Ruth says

      Hi Debbie… Thank you for the comment! This is a fun recipe and I’d think that freezing the leftovers would work just fine… it won’t be as crisp after freezing but quick zap in the microwave and I bet it’ll still taste good. When we make this, I store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days and we microwave a piece as needed and it still tastes great! Maybe make half the recipe (1 loaf) at a time and then there won’t be so much left over :)

  11. Laura says

    These look so good! I make these all the time but always end up with soggy bread too so I love your tip on high temp! Someone asked about freezing and I have prepped them before and then wrapped and put them in the freezer uncooked.

    • Ruth says

      Thank you Laura for the freezer tips… that’s so great to know! French Bread Pizza is SO much better than take out and having them right ready to go in the freezer is even better on hectic days! Thank you for stopping by and please come again soon!!

    • Ruth says

      I’m sorry for the difficulties… it seems to be fine on my end. Maybe try a different internet browser? Sometimes weird things can happen. Thank you for letting me know and I hope you’ll come back to visit again :)

  12. Jennifer says

    I do this kind of pizza too, but I take out some of the bread from the middle of the halved loaves that way there is more room for the toppings. Sometimes I even bake the halves before I fill them on a high heat with some Olive Oil and herbs to crisp it up and add an extra flavor.

  13. Staci says

    Made these the other night and they were a big hit! Wish I would’ve made more than the 2 loaves because it was gone the next day and I’m craving it already!!!

    • Ruth says

      I’m so glad!! I love to hear back on recipes :) Thank you for the kind comment. This is a family fave of our too… it’s just as good the next day so don’t hesitate in making a bigger batch next time! Stop by anytime

    • Ruth says

      Your totally welcome, Darlene. You will have so much fun with this recipe! Not mention that is super good :) Thanks for stopping bye and come back again often! xoxoxo~ Ruthie

  14. Katy says

    Saw this on Pinterest and it reminded me of what we used to make as kids. We always used English muffins, popped them in the toaster to get the crunch, then added toppings to each persons liking. So good! But I’m all grown up now and want to try these for the family this week. Thanks for the post!

    • Ruth says

      Hi Katy! I think you’ll be happy with this french bread version… it’s quick enough to feed the whole fam at once :) Thanks so much for stopping by, please come back again soon. xoxoxo! Ruthie

  15. Janette says

    I also saw this on Pinterest and decided to try it over the weekend. My husband and two teenaged sons loved being able to choose their toppings and create their own pizza. It was quick, easy and delicious! Thanks for the great idea.

    • Ruth says

      HI Janette! I LOVE pinterest and I’m so glad you found me :) That’s so great that your family enjoyed this recipe and thanks for the kind comment! I love to hear how my recipes are going… please stop by again soon! xoxoxo~ Ruthie

  16. Mackenzie says

    We made these for my son’s birthday dinner, thought it would be fun for him and his brother to make their own pizzas. What a hit! Both of them enjoyed spreading the sauce and adding what they wanted to add. I used a loaf of garlic parmesan french bread and cut it into fours so all of us had our own pizza. Thanks for sharing this made a great memory!

    • Ruth says

      Hi Kenzie… I was very touched my your comment, I’m SO glad that you had a wonderful night with your boys! That’s what cooking is all about for me- making memories. I appreciate your comment so much please stop by anytime :) xoxoxo~ Ruthie

  17. Flowey says

    What do suggest about scooping the loaves out a little, would the added room for cheese, end up making it soggy?

    • Ruth says

      I’m sure that would work- there’d be room for lots of cheese that way… I really don’t think it would make it soggy! Try one half scooped out and the other half not, test out which way works best for your family :) Let me know how the experiment goes!! xoxo~ Ruthie

  18. M says

    My mom has make a meal every Monday. This is what I’m making tomorrow! :) (and this crock pot apple+cinnamon recipe, yummy yummy yummy)

  19. says

    I used to do this kind of pizza where my 2 sons were young.

    I had completely forgotten about this, will certainly do it again soon.

  20. JerriLynn says

    This would be yummy with garlic bread or even garlic cheese bread. You could even leave off the sauce if you wanted a “white” pizza with some spinach and chunks of rotisserie chicken!

  21. Stacie says

    I am making this for supper tonight…our toppings are pepperoni, bacon, onions and green chilies!! Can’t wait until they’re done to try them!

  22. Ruth says

    Hi! Maria… it is a fast and yummy recipe, isn’t it?! My kids love it too! Thank you for the comment :)

  23. Ruth says

    You’re totally right!! All those ideas would be super yummy too! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  24. Ruth says

    Hi Lynda… I used the already cooked kind from the bakery section at the grocery store! I’m sure the take and bake would also work but just make sure to bake it and let it cool off first :)

  25. Ruth says

    Mmmm… that sounds super yummy! I’m hope you’ll be very happy with them :) Thanks for the kind comment, I love to hear back. xoxoxo~ Ruthie