French bread pizza is such a great way to use up ingredients and have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. Homemade sourdough is a great choice to pair with fresh cheese, canned sauce, and basic toppings. Perfect for the busy nights of school!
Why You Need This Recipe
- Use up ingredients you have on hand! Everyone likes to choose their own toppings.
- Comes together SO quickly!
- Cooks in 15 minutes so honestly you can assemble while the oven preheats and then bake and dinner is ready.
- Keep bread in the freezer and you'll always be ready for company to make their own pizza!
French bread - I like to use my Soft Sourdough French Bread here. No shame if you grab a loaf at the bakery! It's perfect for using up old bread, too.
Sauce - Make your own marinara or pizza sauce. You can even just stir some seasoning into tomato sauce if you're in a pinch!
Cheese - This is the perfect way, like a LOT of my recipes, to use what ya got. While mozzarella may be traditional, everyone also loves cheddar, pepper gouda, anything at all. I used Asiago most recently.
Sausage- Use any kind you have, just make sure and cook it first.
How to Make Sourdough French Bread Pizza
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400F.
Step 2: Slice a loaf of French bread in half the long ways and place on a sheet pan.
Step 3: Spread sauce evenly over the halves.
Step 4: Add cooked meat over the pizza. Add optional veggies if desired.
Step 5: Add shredded cheese over sausage.
Step 6: Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through.
Tips and Tricks
- Use French bread that you've frozen. Defrosted bread isn't always the best choice for just eating with butter, but adding toppings and toasting? Yup!
- Dice your veggies small. The pizza only takes about 15 minutes so if you don't want crunchy veggies, small it is.
- Add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning blend or ranch seasoning on top of the cheese.
- I like to put olives, peppers, pineapple, etc. with the meat (under the cheese). If it is something that will let a lot of flavour out, like onions and tomatoes, I place those on top so the juices run into the entire pizza.
Substitutions and Variations
- Reformation Acres has an amazing marinara sauce that we like to can.
- Jessica at Good Cheap Eats has a quick no-cook sauce for when you've realized you haven't got any and the kids are clamoring for dinner!
- Alfredo is also a great option if you have some on hand.
We get bear pepperoni from the butcher, which is an amazing option. You can also crumble up any sort of sausage or beef.
Veggies should be diced small so they cook through - or use leftover roasted veggies!
While mozzarella cheese is the classic go-to, I look at this recipe as a way to use up whatever might be languishing in the cheese drawer! My mum is vegan and so uses homemade nut-based cheeses on her own pizza. These options may not melt as nicely as dairy cheese but they still give you the feeling of pizza.
Go for anything that is already cooked or cured. Crumble up cooked pork sausage. Slice some bear pepperoni. Leftover taco meat? No-brainer! The key here is it must be already cooked so that the pizza is safe to eat.
I don't know about you, but we don't want to waste anything. English muffins make a perfect pizza, too. Really, any sort of bread you have around that has a "crust" (so not sliced bread, but any sort of loaf) will do you well. You just want to make sure all of your pizzas are about the same size so they cook at the same rate.
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Sourdough French Bread Pizza
- 1 loaf French bread
- ½ cup marinara or pizza sauce
- ½ pound sausage of choice cooked
- 1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Slice a loaf of French bread in half the long ways and place on a sheet pan.
- Spread sauce evenly over the halves.
- Add cooked meat over the pizza. Add optional veggies if desired.
- Add shredded cheese over sausage.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through.
- Use your favorite sauce whether it's from the store or homemade.
- Use whatever cheese is in the fridge - sky's the limit!
- Use cooked or cured meats. Raw meat won't cook in this short amount of time.