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posted: 04/12/22

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Garlic Bread is so easy to make at home, and comes together with just four ingredients. You will love this fantastic easy side with everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pizza.

close up of a piece of easy garlic bread

If there is one recipe that has been missing from Simple Joy for a while, it is Garlic Bread. I am so happy we are fixing that today!

This super simple homemade garlic bread is made in under 10 minutes, and it only uses four ingredients. My kids are huge garlic bread fans, and they love this recipe. It is their favorite addition to pizza night.

Don’t miss the section below on simple variations you can do on this great, easy recipe.

Reader Review

YUM! This garlic bread recipe was delicious! It made pizza night with friends more delightful! Thanks for the tip about bread choices! And your Italian dressing recipe was perfect for our salad! Again, YUM!

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How to Make Garlic Bread

  1. Cut the bread in half length wise.
  2. Mix together the melted butter, garlic, and kosher salt.
  3. Spread the butter mixture over both halves of the bread. I like using a pastry brush for this.
  4. Top with fresh parsley.
  5. Put it under the broiler for 2 minutes, watching closely.

Bread to Use for Garlic Bread

When picking out a loaf of bread to use for making this recipe, you want to get something that is generally pretty soft. Hard baguettes aren’t really want you are looking for.

You want a long, 16 ounce, piece of white bread. This is often labeled as French Bread or Italian Bread.

Salted vs. Unsalted Butter

Most often, I’m using unsalted butter in my cooking. It allows me to control exactly how much salt goes in the recipe, as the salt content in butter varies from recipe to recipe. In this recipe I’m calling for unsalted butter and adding in some kosher salt.

If you have salted butter in your refrigerator, you can use that and just omit the kosher salt.

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Serving Garlic Bread

Our favorite way to eat garlic bread is dipping it in spaghetti sauce. My homemade recipe is perfect for that. If you are making a meal that needs spaghetti sauce – like spaghetti and meatballs – I suggest doubling the recipe. You will have plenty for your pasta, enough for dipping, and the leftovers will freeze perfectly. We even have a crockpot spaghetti sauce recipe if that makes life just a little easier.

Spaghetti Sauce

This Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe from scratch comes together in about 25 minutes!
Use this easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to top your pasta or put in your lasagna!

Substitutions and Variations

  • Swap the parsley for basil. If it is the summer months and you have fresh basil growing on your back porch, you will love swapping the parsley for it.
  • Add some Parmesan cheese. Right after the bread comes out from underneath the broiler, throw some finely grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Add Mozzarella and make cheesy garlic bread. Follow the directions as written, but leave off the parsley. Then top the bread with 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minute at 400 degrees and then turn on the boiler for 1 to 2 minutes.

Reheating

To reheat your garlic bread:

  1. Wrap the garlic bread in aluminum foil.
  2. Place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven.
  3. Heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Recipes to Pair with Garlic Bread

If you make my garlic bread recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

close up of a piece of easy garlic bread
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Garlic Bread

Serves: 12 pieces
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Garlic Bread is so easy to make at home, and comes together with just four ingredients. You will love this fantastic easy side with everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pizza.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces soft French Bread
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted (read more about unsalted butter and using salted here)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced (optional)

Instructions

  • Cut the bread in half length wise.
  • Mix together the butter and garlic. Brush the mixture onto the cut bread, being sure to get all of the minced garlic evenly distributed on the bread.
  • Top with the fresh parsley if using.
  • Place on a rimmed baking sheet and put under a hot broiler for 2 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted. Watch the bread closely to prevent it from burning. Cut and enjoy.
Serving: 1piece Calories: 172kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 20g (7%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 9g (14%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 20mg (7%) Sodium: 326mg (14%) Potassium: 54mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 293IU (6%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 25mg (3%) Iron: 2mg (11%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. Susie says

    This Garlic Bread recipe sounds really good! I’m definitely going to make it! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Ruth Morofsky says

    I love reading all your recipes and trying them. I look foward to your emails every day. Thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me, Ruth! these comments mean so much to me.

  3. Terri says

    Good morning! It’s only my husband and myself. Would you suggest freezing the garlic bread before baking or after?

  4. Rick says

    Do you make cheesey garlic bread? If you do can you tell me how to make it.

    I make your Sugar Cookie Bars frequently. I love them and they don’t last long. I usually frost them but was hungry while letting them cool and realized that these cookies stand alone without the frosting. Either way they’re really good.

  5. Jan says

    5 stars
    YUM! This garlic bread recipe was delicious! It made pizza night with friends more delightful! Thanks for the tip about bread choices! And your Italian dressing recipe was perfect for our salad! Again, YUM!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Jan!

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