Parmesan Garlic Bread

Easy, delicious and semi-homemade Parmesan Garlic Bread is great with spaghetti, lasagna and just about anything! Crispy edges, buttery and cheesy on top! 

Last week was a busy week filled with a field trip to the zoo sandwiched by 3 twelve hour shifts. By Friday I was extremely happy for the weekend to arrive. Although Pat worked late, we still barbecued dinner and relaxed with a few adult beverages after tucking in our girls.

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Tonight he made a special request… for garlic bread. This garlic bread beats the store bought kind by a mile. It super easy to whip up and only takes a few minutes under the broiler. There is no thawing, no artificial butter and no dirty dishes! Okay so the “no dirty dishes part” is a lie… but you should still make this, you won’t ever buy the frozen kind again!

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Here are the ingredients you will need.

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Start by pressing the three cloves of garlic into a medium bowl.

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Mince up a shallot so it measures one tablespoon.

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Add the shallot to the garlic in the medium bowl.

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Next, mince up the fresh parsley and measure out a tablespoon.

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Add that to the bowl along with the salt and pepper. Remember to go a little easy on the salt because Parmesan tends to be a little salty as well.

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Now add the *gasp* two sticks of butter and the two tablespoons {give or take} of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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Mix until combined.

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And set aside, just for now.

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Grab your loaf of Italian bread.

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Using a bread knife, slice lengthwise in half and place on a sheet pan.

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Spread heavily and evenly all over one half with half of the butter mixture, and the rest on the other half of the bread. I prefer to use aluminum sheet pans just to get the bottoms of the bread crispy. Place under the broiler until golden and toasty!

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Remove the Parmesan Garlic Bread and slice immediately.


Enjoy! And if you give this Parmesan Garlic Bread recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 2 half loafs

Parmesan Garlic Bread

Easy, delicious and semi-homemade Parmesan garlic bread is great with spaghetti, lasagna and just about anything!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • 2 stick of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3 cloves of garlic (two if large), pressed
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. Combine the garlic, shallots, parsley, salt, black pepper, softened butter and Parmesan. Mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Slice the Italian loaf lengthwise and heavily smear half of the butter mixture on each of the halves.
  3. Place under broiler (on low) and toast until golden and crispy, rotating the pan if necessary, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 275mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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35 Responses to “Parmesan Garlic Bread”

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    Amy — May 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Looks delicious! I don't care for the frozen stuff. We always make our own but we take the easy way out…we just butter it and sprinkle garlic salt on top. I like your way better. Gonna try it next time!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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    Pretend Chef — May 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    That's it, I know what I want for dinner. This garlic bread and some pasta. This looks so delicious. Yummy!

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    Saranya — May 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This looks very delicious…great effort 🙂

  4. #
    Elizabeth — May 25, 2011 at 1:07 am

    This looks amazing! Perfect with italian food!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — May 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Absolutely love this twist on garlic bread! I think anyone that gets frozen or store bought garlic bread should be beaten with a loaf of french bread. It's so easy to make from scratch at home!

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    Jennifurla — May 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Loving the look of your blog! Also wishing I could have a "largish" piece of this please.

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    Erin — May 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I have never been a fan of he frozen stuff. This on the other hand, is buttery goodness!

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    Nichole — May 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Simply Awesomeness!!

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    Sandra — May 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Oh my goodness, this bread is calling my will hunt me until I make it!:)) Looks absolutely amazingly delicious!!!

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    Natalie — May 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I wish I noticed this yesterday! I brought plain french bread to my sister's house. Should have made this!

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    ravienomnoms — May 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    There is something absolutely irresistible to me when it comes to garlic bread. I love it to pieces. Yours looks so fresh and delicious!!

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    Krissy — May 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I made a few loaves of bread and froze them the other day, looks like I will be trying your recipe tomorrow. This looks incredible!

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    Kati Heifner — May 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    This looks delicious!!! The pics are awesome!!

  14. #
    Kita — May 27, 2011 at 12:28 am

    This is beautiful looking bread. All garlicy, warm and cheesy. I could really see myself chowing down on a loaf of that.

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    wpbdan — May 27, 2011 at 2:17 am

    2 sticks of butter!!!!! Wow. I usually make it with a mix of 1/2 – 3/4 stick of butter and a couple tablespoons of Olive oil. Much healthier and quite tasty.

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    jalalHB — May 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Looks delicious and even simple to make. Thanks for sharing

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    Vedette Shapewear — May 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I tried this on slice bread and it still tasted amazing! Thanks for this.

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    Emma — May 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I love this! Sometimes, if it's been a really long day and I just want something delicious and fattening in no time at all, I just slice a piece of French bread, smear butter and garlic and cheese on it. Then I pop it in the broiler for a minute or two. Not as good as this by far, but good for a really fast snack!

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    Claire Gallam — May 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love garlic bread 🙂

  20. #
    midoriMentality™ — June 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    This is actually the way my dad has always made garlic bread (except we use the pre-grated Parmesan cheese instead of the authentic variety.

  21. #
    Sadeesh — June 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    look so delicious

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  22. #
    Elizabeth — June 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Gracious, I'm going to have to try this. Yum!

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    lckk3259 — June 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Oh THANK YOU! First off I am an avid lover of garlic AND bread (the combination as well)and a cook so shun those who think that two sticks of butter is too much! I love this blog post! (and I'm sure you have heard this before) I love it not solely because of your pictures…which I will say are definately what drew me in and kept my interest going…but your knowledge of how to put the

  24. #
    Think, mommy! — June 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Wow. Just wow. Made this tonight and it's simply amazing.

  25. #
    Android Gal — July 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Wow. You make this look real simple. will def try it.

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    riddlywalker — July 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Butter in this quantity isn't the best thing as a regular dish…if you are using Italian bread- mind you that stuff looks pretty processed? Why not use olive oil- then you have a variable flavour that you can adjust to suit? this same mix that you are using is ace shoved into the skin of a chicken- keeps the meat moist, and because you have separated the skin from the flesh, it seems to get

  27. #
    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — September 14, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Love this step by step…and the garlic bread looks amazing!


  28. #
    Lily — November 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    This looks amazing! Pretty simple and addicting. Can't wait to make some and try it for myself!

  29. #
    Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie — January 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Looks soooo delicious!

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    Mrsblocko — January 14, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I made this with bread I made from scratch and wrote about it here. It was a big hit. One question, a good deal of the butter seemed to run off of the loaves and onto the pan. Is that supposed to happen or did I mess up somehow?

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    meatballs — February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    That looks beautiful I should use more fresh parsley when I cook

  32. #
    Toni — March 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Just made this to take to some families who are in the hospital and just come home from the hospital. Didn't disappoint anyone on the bread. OMG!!!!!!! Deliciousness!!!!!!

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    Alessandra — May 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Looks delicious, I think I will add this to the menu tonight. Thanks:)


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