Easy Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Learn how to make quick and easy homemade garlic bread with cheese! It’s the perfect side dish for Spaghetti and Meatballs, Johnny Marzetti, and Cottage Cheese Lasagna.

Back in college I had many cooking specialties.

Things like…

Macaroni and Cheese from a box.

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches.

Authentic Italian pastas….stored in a frozen bag….with the word Bertolli on the front.

And finally, drum roll please……..charred garlic bread.

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I wish this were a joke. That we could all just laugh and toast our mojitos and carry on our merry way.

But it’s not. It’s totally true. Especially that part about the darn charred garlic bread!

Back in college, we often seemed to have low grade, half stale bread lying around. A couple forgotten hot dog buns, the end slices of a loaf of bread, the bagels lodged in the back of the fridge for who knows how long.

At any rate, the bread needed to be used. And when you’re a poor college student, bread slathered in butter and garlic and drizzled with mozzarella feels like pure luxury.

Only problem is, I cannot be trusted around broilers.

Seriously, can NOT be trusted.

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At first I would hover around the oven like an overbearing parent, checking it every 10 seconds.

But when it seemed liked nothing was happening, I would get distracted and wonder off to look at Facebook, chat it up with some roomies, or start an impromptu dance party. Life happens.

I’d be having the time of my life until I would smell it…the smell of blackened bread wafting through the apartment.

It doesn’t matter how fast you run. By the time you get there, it’s too late. The bread is only a shadow of what it once was, and it wreaks of smoke and broken dreams.

Every. stinking. time.

This year, I resolved to fix my little “problem,” and finally master the art of homemade garlic bread.

All I have to say is, it’s about time.

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There’s nothing fancy or difficult about this.

In fact, right now you’re probably thinking “was this post really necessary? Everyone knows how to make homemade garlic bread!”

Well friends, I have to believe someone else out there has stared at too many a blackened loaf. They’re all too familiar with the smell of charred sourdough. They know exactly how it feels to watch all their hopes and dreams get thrown in the trash.

This post is for that person. You’re so close to garlicky, buttery, cheesy homemade garlic bread. Pair it with Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup and a Creamy Caesar Dressing Salad for a dinner that’ll impress even the pickiest eaters!

Easy Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Easy Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic salt (This is an estimate. I just sprinkle evenly over both sides of the loaf)
  • 1 loaf Italian bread, halved lengthwise
  • Couple handfuls mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh herbs


  • Preheat broiler to high. Adjust a rack to be about 10-12 inches from the broiler.
  • In a small bowl combine butter, olive oil, and minced garlic. Microwave until butter is melted, about 45 seconds.
  • Place bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet and place under the broiler. Broil for about 3 minutes, or until bread starts to brown. It goes from golden to black in seconds (it seems) so keep a close eye on it.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and brush liberally with butter mixture. Sprinkle evenly with garlic salt. Place mozzarella cheese on top. Place back under the broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes or until mozzarella is melted, browned, and bubbly. Remove from heat, sprinkle with chopped herbs, and serve.
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    Adapted from Food Network


    1. Instead of using garlic salt, do you have any other substitutes? I’m a 14 year old and I don’t really have many varied ingredients.. Me and few other younger kids are cooking for adults as a change! Any other recipe suggestions? Hilarious, by the way.

    2. No matter how fancy a person may cook, there is nothing that beats a fresh-from-the-oven loaf of cheesy garlic carb goodness! (PS. Why is it so easy to burn?? Just happened to me 2 weeks ago. Solidarity)

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