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This Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe with regular bread or French bread, garlic powder, garlic cloves, butter and Parmesan cheese is easy to make and the perfect side dish for your favorite pasta. Buttery, crispy and delicious!

homemade garlic bread slices from french bread with Parmesan cheese

If you’re looking for an easy garlic bread recipe with regular bread, this is it. All you do is slice a loaf of French bread, spread a simple garlic butter mixture on the slices and bake!

No need to buy frozen garlic bread from the grocery store. It’s simple to make your own homemade garlic bread with garlic powder in an easy garlic spread recipe!

My family says it’s the absolute best garlic bread recipe ever. This is serious praise from a bunch of picky eaters!

Homemade garlic Parmesan bread is a delicious addition to pasta night. We serve this with Instant Pot Spaghetti, One Pot Spaghetti, Creamy Shells and Beef, penne alla vodka and baked ziti.

Though garlic bread is a classic side dish, you can eat it all by itself or with just a little bit of marinara sauce for dipping.

french bread loaf, parsley, garlic powder, garlic, Parmesan cheese and butter


You only need a few basic ingredients to make your own garlic bread. You can find them in your grocery store or online.

  • Loaf of bread — French bread or Texas toast or any thick sliced bread
  • Butter — I use room temperature salted butter. But unsalted butter works too
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic cloves — finely chopped minced garlic, for extra garlic flavor
  • Parmesan cheese — grate your own or buy it grated
  • Dried parsley — adds flavor

How to Make Garlic Bread with Regular Bread

First, you need to make the garlic butter spread. If you need to soften the stick of butter, you can microwave it for about 15 seconds or so. It needs to be spreadable but not melted.

Chop the garlic cloves. Then, mix the softened butter, garlic powder, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese and dried parsley in a small bowl.

mix garlic butter spread with spoon

Next, preheat your oven to 400 degrees f. Slice the loaf of French bread into 1-inch slices, and arrange the slices on a rimmed baking dish.

If you are using regular sliced bread, just place the slices on the baking dish.

Spoon about a tablespoon or 2 of the butter and garlic mixture on top of the bread slices. Then, spread the mixture evenly over the bread.

You can go back and add more garlic butter if you need to.

spread garlic butter on bread slices with spoon

Sprinkle a little more grated Parm on the garlic toast slices if you like. Then, pop the baking sheet into the preheated oven.

Cook Time

Bake the garlic toast for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

You can bake the bread a little longer for crispier garlic bread — just keep an eye it so the bread doesn’t get too crispy!


What’s the best bread for garlic bread?

A loaf of French bread or Italian bread is perfect for homemade garlic bread, but any thick sliced bread will work, as well. Use a loaf of Texas Toast or hamburger buns for quick garlic bread.

How do you reheat garlic bread?

Reheat garlic bread slices in the oven or air fryer. You can also microwave garlic bread wrapped in a paper towel for about 8 to 10 seconds.

homemade garlic bread slices with Parmesan cheese and parsley


To make garlic bread with fresh garlic only, use 3-4 whole cloves of garlic.

If you want to make garlic bread with garlic powder only, use 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

For garlic cheese bread, add extra Parmesan cheese along with shredded cheddar cheese. You can also substitute the butter with olive oil or mayonnaise.

You can use fresh parsley or any other fresh herbs like rosemary instead of dried parsley.

How to Store

Store leftover slices of bread in an airtight container or a zip top baggie. You can also wrap the bread in plastic wrap. Keep in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

You can make homemade frozen garlic bread by storing the prepared bread in a freezer bag wrapped with aluminum foil in your freezer. It’s ready to heat and serve!

5 from 1 vote

Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe

By: Dee
This Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe with regular bread or French bread, garlic powder, garlic cloves, butter and Parmesan cheese is easy to make and the perfect side dish for your favorite pasta. Buttery, crispy and delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 loaf French bread sliced into 1-inch slices
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick, softened
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for topping
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees f
  • Mix the softened butter, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, garlic powder and dried parsley in a small bowl
  • Place sliced bread on rimmed baking sheet
  • Spread the garlic butter mixture evenly over bread slices. Top with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until top and edges are golden brown


To make garlic bread slices with fresh garlic only, leave out the garlic powder.
You can leave out the fresh garlic to make garlic bread with garlic powder only.
Optional method — Slice loaf in half, lengthwise, spread garlic mixture on each half and bake. Then, slice bread horizontally into thin slices and serve.


Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 298mg, Potassium: 50mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 255IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian American
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  1. Patrick says:

    This is awesome! What flavor! easy to make and tastes like you spent for ever doing it! Going to make this often.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Patrick! I’m glad you liked the garlic bread!