Margherita French Bread Pizza

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For this week’s $3 dinner I thought pizzas would be fun! After all, kiddos love pizza and when it’s a super simple version like this Margherita French Bread Pizza moms and dads love it too! ~Rachel 

how to make Margherita pizza

We begin by toasting the bread in the oven first. Brush the bread with the garlic, herb infused olive oil. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 5 minutes. We just want the garlic oil to stick to it. 

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Pour the canned tomatoes in the skillet with the remaining garlic herb olive oil. Cook down for about 15 minutes. 

Pour the sauce over the toasted bread. 

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Top the pizzas with shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan. Add a few sliced tomatoes to the top of each. 

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Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the bread has crisped a bit. Sprinkle with fresh basil at the very end, right before serving. 

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I mean seriously, how good does this Margherita french bread pizza look??

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Margherita French Bread Pizza
Serves 4
My best recipe fro Margherita French Bread Pizza that your kids will love!! A great inexpensive dinner for your family!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  5. 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  6. 1 large french baguette
  7. 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  8. 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  9. 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  10. 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  11. 1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil (for easier clean up).
  2. Heat a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the oil and allow to heat through. Throw in the garlic, oregano, basil and chili flakes. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Cut the french bread in half down the middle and then half again horizontal, so you end up with four pieces. Brush the bread (cut side) with half of the garlic herb oil. Bake for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set to the side.
  4. Return the remaining garlic oil to the stove, over medium heat, and throw in the canned tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, reduce to low and cook down for about 10 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the toasted bread halves. Sprinkle each with cheeses and top with sliced tomatoes. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown and crispy.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil. Enjoy!
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15 Responses to “Margherita French Bread Pizza”

  1. Erin

    I would like to hear how this is a $3 meal. Sounds kind of dumb to me to call it a three dollar meal, when a bag of shredded mozz usually costs $4-$5

    • Rachel Hollis

      Hi Erin,
      Our $3 Dinners are $3 per person. Obviously you wouldn’t use your whole $4 bag of mozzarella cheese on one of your french bread pizzas. If you add up the ingredients and divide it by the amount we’re suggesting for each pizza it comes out to less than $3 per person.

    • Vanessa

      I made this last night for much less than $3 per person and it was absolutely delicious. I made the bread from scratch, used ingredients from my garden and only really had to buy the mozz.

    • Paxton

      you wouldn’t use a whole bag of cheese or a whole jar of spice for this meal, obviously. My boyfriend and I have all spices already and can use cheese for other meals as well so really all we had to buy was the bread and tomatoes. Bread at Walmart is $1. So it turned out to be about a $3 meal altogether. You can use the other ingredients way more than once!

  2. Deborah

    This pizza was sooo delic and super easy and quick to make!! I will make these again! Thank you 🙂

  3. Meg

    This came in at about $8 for 8 people for me! I spent $5 on the canned French bread you bake at home (I didn’t have time to bake from scratch this day), basil from my garden, pennies for the tomatoes & sauce (we recently picked 50lbs for $6 at a local farm!), and $2.50 for a small bag of mozzarella on sale 🙂

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