French Bread Pizza Recipe

I have said it from time to time on my site, that my middle child, is starting to explore the hot lunch program in his elementary school. As that often frightens me, I am glad that he is exploring the idea of having a variety of different foods on his plate rather than the typical salami and cheese sandwich, grapes, and bag of chips. He is genuinely excited in the morning to hear what is for hot lunch, and he also comes home excited that he tried something new! This is great in my book, however I am curious as a foodie, and parent, if he is getting enough to eat, not only that, but the quality of the food.

French Bread Pizza

I have been asking him what are some of his favorite hot lunches at school, and he has came back several times with pancakes and sausage, and french bread pizza. The light came on when he said french bread pizza. After all, when I first met up with my wife after living in Dallas, Texas, she seemed somewhat excited when the words ‘french bread pizza’ came about. Don’t get me wrong, I am in agreement with my wife and son, and truly think that the french bread pizza is something truly wonderful, simple, and incredibly tasty. I had to make them, to show my family how easy they were to make, and how much better they were going to be than the frozen Stouffer’s brand, or the ones from the cafeteria!

Lets get started:

  • Homemade Italian Sauce (I used my immersion blender once cooked for a smooth sauce)
  • 4 links of mild Italian sausage; casing removed, cooked, and cooled, nice and tiny
  • Fresh Basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded Italian cheeses, per pizza
  • French loaf (not a baquette)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Begin by cutting a french load in half, then lengthwise, allowing you two french bread pizzas. Remove a bit of the bread from the center. Place these on a baking sheet.  Ladle in a lot of sauce, making sure you cover the entire base of the loaf. Top with the cheese, then the cooked Italian sausage.  Bake in the oven for 13-16 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the sausage has a bit of crust. Sprinkle with some fresh, chopped basil, and serve.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

6 thoughts to “French Bread Pizza Recipe”

  1. Oh, I remember those Stouffer’s pizzas. They were in our freezer a lot growing up. Your version definitely tops that though. Looks great!

  2. Oh, I loved those frozen pizzas and almost forgot about them! This is so good and so much better, and the kids ate them all up! Great, quick lunch or dinner idea!

  3. This looks super yummy. If you feel like your bread is too thick, or you prefer a thinner “crust,” you can cut some of it out. Hope this helps. No dealing with messy pizza dough here — just slice and bake for a quick, easy and delicious meal. So this was great.

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