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French Bread Pizza

Yield: serves 4

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 16 oz (1 pound) soft loaf French bread or Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce*
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz pepperoni slices
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to top
  • fresh basil, to garnish


  1. Position rack in center of oven*. Set oven to broiler.

  2. Slice bread loaf in half crosswise and lengthwise until you have four pieces total. Arrange bread cut side up on a baking sheet. Place under broiler for 30-45 seconds until tops of bread are lightly toasted.

  3. Remove from oven. Spread about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce over each piece of bread. Sprinkle about 1 oz of shredded mozzarella over sauce. Top with sliced tomatoes and pepperoni. Crumble fresh mozzarella over tomatoes. Sprinkle remaining shredded mozzarella on top.

  4. Return to oven and place under broiler for 45-60 seconds, rotate baking sheet, and heat for another 45-60 seconds until cheese has melted and is starting to brown. Season with crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Position rack in center of oven about 6-inches from broiler. The broiler setting is very HOT. Keep a close eye on your pizza to make it sure it doesn't burn. 
  • I used this store-bought tomato sauce

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