French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

Throw toppings (like pesto and tomato, Alfredo and chicken, or Pepperoni and cheese) on some French bread, bake for a few minutes and you’ve got an easy back to school dinner!

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

Guys, I finally did it. I lost my driving-in-San-Francisco-virginity.

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

I can see you rolling your eyes. That’s because you’ve never driven in San Francisco before. Driving there is like rewinding to the 11th grade. Remember all those obscure rules from Driver’s Ed about turning your wheels a certain way when you park on a hill? Or remember that whole parallel parking thing? Yeah. Me neither.

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

It took 4 grown women about 17 tries to get our car parallel parked. I swear I’m not exaggerating. I ran in the curb every time, awkwardly diagonal.  I felt like I was trying to squeeze my 10-pounds-overweight sedan into skinny jeans. Finally Eric’s sister took the wheel. By this time almost everyone was out of the car, waving our hands in the air helpfully. Passersby probably thought we were trying to land an airplane.

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

Meanwhile a tiny car stopped behind us, because they thought we were leaving. I waved them on. They stared at me. I waved again. And that was when I realized that they knew we had just arrived–they thought we were going to give up.

Aw heeeeeeck no.

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

We did make it eventually. Motivational credit goes out to the unbelievers in the tiny car. BOOM, TAKE THAT TINY.

San Francisco, I own you. Unless you want me to parallel park by myself without moral support and at least 2 hand-wavers. Then you win.

We had a get together at my cousin Amber’s house a while back. My cousin Misty made a huge batch of this Cream Cheese Chicken Chili, and Amber made a few French Bread Pizzas to appease the army of children. I had never even heard of French Bread Pizza, but I just googled it and realized I must live under a rock. 

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

Amber did hers 3 ways: one with Alfredo, jarred garlic, chicken and cheese, another with pesto, cheese, and tomatoes (my personal favorite) and another with trusty ol’ pepperoni. You really can’t go wrong with French Bread Pizza though, any toppings will work. These make great appetizers or football food. Add a big green salad and call it an easy dinner. Or add a few to stretch out another main dish, like chili.  I totally plan on making this a new Halloween tradition. Fun food that the kids will like that doesn’t involve anything hot and ready.

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

Yield: 1 half loaf serves 3


    For the Tomato Pesto version:
  • half a loaf of french bread, split horizontally
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • For the Alfredo chicken version:
  • half a loaf of french bread, split horizontally
  • 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup cooked chicken*, chopped (more or less)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • For the Pepperoni:
  • half a loaf of french bread, split horizontally
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 10-15 slices pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Split your loaf of bread in half horizontally (see photos).
  3. Add the toppings of whatever kind you are making (Alfredo, pesto, or pepperoni) in the order they appear listed above. Or use your own toppings! Sky's the limit.
  4. Bake on a cookie sheet for 14-15 minutes. If it looks like it's getting browned on the edges but the cheese in the middle is not browning, turn on your broiler and move the oven rack to the top (closest to the heat). Heat for 1 minute or until cheese starts to brown. Don't walk away! It really only takes 1 minute or so.
  5. Remove from oven, slice with a sharp serrated knife, and serve hot. With a big salad!


These toppings are just ideas. Any kind of pizza topping would be good!

*I used a rotisserie chicken, but you can use canned chicken too.

Source: my cousin Amber

French Bread Pizza, 3 WaysCut each loaf the long way, like you’re making one huge sandwich.

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways

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  1. Sarah says

    Brian mocks French bread pizza as college food. Which is dumb, because college food is awesome. Like no-bake cookies. Right on the counter. Thanks for reminding me…I think this is going to be dinner.

  2. says

    You are one brave woman. I would never ever EVER attempt to drive in SF, heck, I can barely manage to drive through parking lots without hitting anything. Bravo bravo.

    And never heard of French bread pizza, yup, you definitely live under a rock. Glad you know about it now, because these babies look phenom.

  3. Kris says

    Yes, that was a memorable moment. The car. The parking. The onlookers. I don’t know why I didn’t take any pictures to commemorate it. Someone should have. May the Tiny Car People did and are still talking about it with their friends and co-workers.

    I’m stunned Karen. Stunned! Really. You’ve never made French Bread Pizza? I hardly know what to say. I’m glad we are past this. Your pictures look delicious and now I’m planning when we are going to make this again.

  4. says

    Driving in SF is such an accomplishment! Seriously! I once drove my car (stick shift) into the city. WORST IDEA EVER! It was probably the most stressful driving experience of my life. But I didn’t roll back and hit anyone! Haha. Needless to say, I know how you feel! And this pizza looks amazing! I think my mom used to make something like this for us growing up.
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  5. says

    The french bread with pepperoni was absolutely delicious and my family loved it on football sunday. Thanks for sharing and hope to try others on the site.

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