Easy Garlic Bread

Few things are as irresistible as a loaf of warm toasted garlic bread. Dipped in homemade marinara or eaten alongside a fresh salad, a tender, crunchy, buttery slice rounds out many a meal.

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  • Serves 6
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 256 calories
    • Fat 13 g
    • Sat Fat 8 g
    • Cholesterol 30 mg
    • Sodium 494 mg
    • Protein 5 g
    • Carbohydrate 29 g
    • Sugar 1 g
    • Fiber 2 g
    • Iron 2 mg
    • Calcium 51 mg

Why make it yourself when you could buy a pre-smeared loaf at the grocery store? Well, for starters, you’ll know exactly what’s in it: no margarine masquerading as butter, no age-old dried herbs or dehydrated garlic either. With just 5 ingredients—and that’s including the salt—you can bake up a restaurant-worthy loaf in just 3 steps. Here’s how to do it:

Choose a soft Italian loaf, cakey on the inside with a thin crust. (Baguettes don’t offer enough crumb to soak up the buttery garlic mixture and crustier loaves end up a little too crunchy after a second baking.) Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice the loaf into 1-inch thick slices leaving about a ½-inch intact at the bottom. Don’t fuss over this too much, just don’t cut all the way through. Place the loaf on a large sheet of aluminum foil.


  1. Check 1 loaf soft Italian bread (about 12 ounces), unsliced
  2. Check 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
  3. Check 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press
  4. Check 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  5. Check kosher salt


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Slice the loaf into 1-inch-thick slices without cutting all the way through the bread.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes; let cool slightly. Add the parsley and ½ teaspoon salt. Brush the butter mixture between the slices and wrap the loaf in foil.
  3. Bake until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes. Open the foil and bake until lightly toasted on top, 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve warm.