This cheesy garlic bread is made with 6 ingredients and is ready in just 15 minutes. Get out the butter, garlic, and your favorite cheese!
The BEST Cheesy Garlic Bread
Is there anything more nostalgic than cheesy garlic bread (well ok, mac and cheese is pretty nostalgic, but you get it). We love this simple cheesy garlic bread recipe because you only need 6 ingredients and it’s ready in just 15 minutes. Does it get any better?
Get yourself everything you need for this garlic bread and get baking.
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What You Need for Cheesy Garlic Bread
For this pull cheesy garlic bread recipe, you need 6 total ingredients. Check it out:
- Italian bread- we highly recommend using a big squishy loaf of Italian bread. You can find great Italian bread in the bakery sections of most grocery stores!
- Butter– you can use salted or unsalted butter for the garlic butter, but salted butter makes everything better. Just be sure whatever butter you use is softened!
- Olive oil– you use a little olive oil and butter in the garlic spread.
- Garlic– fresh minced garlic is the answer for this garlic bread. Garlic is in the title after all!
- Cheddar cheese– get yourself a big block of your favorite cheddar cheese and shred it before sprinkling it on your bread.
- Mozzarella cheese– we added a little mozzarella cheese because it melts like perfection and makes things extra gooey and delicious!
How to Make Cheesy Garlic Bread
Making garlic bread is pretty easy, but there are a few tips and tricks to make it even easier.
Cut the Bread
First things first is prepare your bread loaf by slicing it in half lengthwise. Sometimes bakers will have a bread slicer and can slice it perfectly for you.
If you are going to slice the bread yourself just be sure to use a sharp serrated bread knife.
Make + Spread the garlic butter
There are three ingredients in this garlic butter spread–> softened butter, olive oil, and minced garlic.
The butter has to be softened, not melted. The olive oil acts as the thinning agent and using softened butter gives you something to spread! Once you add the butter and olive oil to a bowl and mix them together add the garlic.
Finally, place the garlic bread on a greased baking sheet and spread half of the mixture on one half of the bread and then the other. Place the garlic bread in the oven and bake it for 5 minutes at 400ºF before adding the cheese.
Add the cheese cheese cheese
Once you have baked the garlic bread to crisp it up a bit, evenly distribute the shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese over the top of the bread and bake it for an additional 10 minutes.
So many cultures have their own version of garlic bread. This version skews more Italian and is definitely an Italian/American version.
The green stuff on garlic bread is typically chopped fresh parsley.
You can add sliced tomatoes, more cheese, or even red pepper flakes to garlic bread.
We used cheddar cheese and mozzarella for a great cheesy, cheese pull. You can use a mixture of may cheeses like parmesan, gruyere, asiago, or other shredded cheese.
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Other Things You Need to Know
You can change up the cheese!
Though we love the cheddar and mozzarella combination, you can always use different cheeses to change things up!
- pepper jack
- cream cheese
Make it spicy!
Add a little spice to your cheesy garlic bread by adding red pepper flakes, sliced pickled jalapeños, or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your garlic butter spread.
Add some protein.
If you want to make this more of a meal, add any of the protein options below to your garlic bread. Add the protein right on top of the bread and then sprinkle the cheese over the protein.
- shredded chicken
How to Store Garlic bread
Garlic bread isn’t the best left over, but if you have leftover garlic bread we suggest storing it for a few days and reheating it in the oven!
What to Serve with Cheesy Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is delicious on it’s own as an appetizer with a tasty marinara dip or you can serve this cheesy garlic bread along side any of the delicious meals below!
- Kale Lasagna Roll Ups- These Kale Lasagna Roll Ups are a delicious vegetarian alternative to a traditional lasagna. Perfect for serving a large group or meal prepping ahead of time to feed the family.
- Rigatoni Pie- This rigatoni pie (AKA Honeycomb Pasta) is such a fun way to eat pasta. Layer your rigatoni noodles just like a honeycomb and bake them with marinara sauce and cheese!
- Baked Cream Cheese Pasta- This baked cream cheese pasta takes the baked feta trend to the next level thanks to a super flavorful cream cheese sauce with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and fresh lemon juice all baked to perfection and served with spaghetti.
- Baked Feta Pasta- Baked feta pasta is all the rage and now we know why! This TikTok Feta Pasta dish is made with a delicious roasted tomato and feta sauce and is topped with fresh herbs and Kalamata olives
Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
- 1 loaf Italian or ciabatta bread
- 4 tablespoons butter softened
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced (or to taste)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese I used sharp, but any will work
- 1 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Slice the bread in half lengthwise and place it cut side up on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl combine the softened butter, olive oil, and garlic. Spread the mixture evenly over the cut side of the bread.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 400ºF.
- Sprinkle the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top of the bread and return it to the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is starting to bubble and develop brown spots.
- Slice and serve warm. Garnish with fresh parsley and flake salt, if desired. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
Tips & Notes
- You can use any combination of cheese you like— gouda, gruyere, fontina, or pepper jack would all be delicious substitutions.
- If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.