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This retro classic French Bread Pizza recipe is a perfect throw-together meal that we all love. Ready in 10 minutes, use our instant sauce and top with whatever you fancy. Ideal for whipping up for a quick dinner.

Cooked French Bread Pizzas with a variety of toppings and ready to eat.

This is the ultimate shortcut recipe. Feel like a takeaway but don’t want to break the bank?

French Bread Pizza is the answer! Anyone remember these from their school days?

It’s time to introduce our kids to this retro Nineties classic! 

Comforting, delicious and ultra convenient, this is a 15-minute, dinner-is-done kind of meal that’s great for when you’re rushing in and out of the house around dinner time.


Why you’ll love this French Bread Pizza recipe

⭐️ Quick and easy

⭐️ Fun to make with children

⭐️ Uses store cupboard ingredients


A cooked french bread pizza being torn in half to show stringy cheese.

How we came up with this recipe

This is another take on my popular Naan Bread Pizzas, which also ticks the box for homemade cheat-stye recipe.

I will happily make this recipe on bagels, muffins, pitta breads and even toast

In this version we’re using passata as it’s a good shortcut to a quick sauce. Ready-made tomato pizza sauce also works, of course.

In the past, we’ve tested this recipe with tinned tomatoes, which tastes good but requires another cooking step, so is not ideal. 

We’ve also tested the base sauce with tomato puree instead, but found the flavour to be too strong. It’s also more expensive and can have a sort-of uncooked taste to it. 

Value-for-money passata wins out every time here, and all we have to do is season it well and mix in a few herbs for an instant pizza sauce.


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French Bread Pizza Ingredients

The ingredients for a French Bread Pizza laid on a counter top. Baguette, cheese, herbs and a selection of toppings.
  • French bread – This is a long baguette AKA ‘French stick’. Part bake baguettes work well too
  • Sauce – Passata, garlic granules and dried oregano
  • Grated mozzarella – I prefer this here rather than buffalo mozzarella, as that can need longer cooking as it can be quite wet
  • Your chosen toppings

How to make French Bread Pizzas

French bread cut in half on a chopping board for step 1 in the recipe for French Bread Pizza.

1. Cut the bread in half lengthways, and again down the middle.

    A glass jug with a sauce mixture inside, ready to be stirred, for step 2 in the recipe for French Bread Pizza.

    2. Mix the sauce ingredients together.

    Tomato passata spread on top of halved baguettes on a chopping board for step 3 in the recipe for French Bread Pizza.

    3. Spread the sauce on top of the bread.

    Five uncooked French Bread Pizzas on a baking tray with various toppings, ready to go in the oven.

    4. Add your cheese and choice of toppings, then bake according to the recipe below.


    Toppings

    This is all down to your personal preference and what you have available. Here are some that I like and that work well:

    • Pepperoni
    • Chicken
    • Sweetcorn
    • Onions
    • Chilli
    • Mushrooms
    • Ham
    • Olives
    • Peppers
    • Basil
    • Fresh tomatoes

    Top tip

    Choosing the bread

    If you don’t have a bakery or supermarket with a bakery selling fresh bread nearby, you could buy a part-baked loaf instead.

    Aldi does a nice part-bake sourdough stick, and other supermarkets will have something similar. 

    Bear in mind the cooking time might be slightly longer if you use part-baked.

    Leftovers

    In the fridge Leftovers are great cold for lunch (mmm cold pizza!) Keep covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

    In the freezer I wouldn’t recommend freezing this recipe as it will go soggy.

    Reheating You could reheat this in the microwave but it won’t be very crispy. You could also try reheating in the oven but it might become a little overcooked so be careful.

    FAQs

    Are French Bread Pizzas healthier than regular pizza?

    Of course it will depend on what kind of toppings you add, but in general yes. The calorie count is much lower than in normal pizza.

    We’re also using mainly fresh, unprocessed ingredients here so it has far fewer additives than in a ready-made kind.

    What should I serve with French Bread Pizzas?

    If you’re in a hurry, these are great on their own or with a quick side salad.

    But if you’re cooking these as part of a bigger meal, you could serve up Homemade Chips and Garlic Bread too.

    Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

    Also I’d LOVE to see your cooking creations. If you’d like to share yours with me, you can tag me on Instagram (@tamingtwins).

    5 from 13 votes

    French Bread Pizza {Easiest Ever Recipe!}

    This retro classic recipe gives us fresh, homemade French Bread Pizzas in a flash. Ready in 15 minutes, this means pizza night can be quick, easy, inexpensive but still totally delicious.
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 4

    Ingredients 

    • 1 Baguette

    For the sauce:

    • 250 g Passata
    • 1 tsp Garlic granules
    • 1 tsp Dried oregano
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Cheese layer:

    • 250 g Grated mozzarella

    Optional toppings:

    • Pepperoni
    • Chicken
    • Ham
    • Mushrooms
    • Sweetcorn
    • Peppers
    • Onions etc

    Instructions 

    • Preheat the oven to 200C.
    • Half the bread lengthways, then cut into portions.
    • Mix sauce ingredients.
    • Spread the sauce evenly on top of the bread.
    • Sprinkle the cheese evenly between the pizzas.
    • Add your chosen toppings.
    • Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

    Notes

    Choosing the bread: If you don’t have a bakery or supermarket with a bakery selling fresh bread nearby, you could buy a part-baked loaf instead. Aldi does a nice part-bake sourdough stick, and other supermarkets will have something similar. Bear in mind the cooking time might be slightly longer if you use part-baked
    Storing: Leftovers are great cold for lunch (mmm cold pizza!) Keep covered in the fridge for up to 3 days
    Nutritional value: The above nutrition count is without the toppings taken into consideration

    Nutrition

    Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 15gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 410mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 750IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 335mgIron: 2mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

    Additional Info

    Course: Lunch, Main Course
    Cuisine: Family Food
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