French Bread Pepperoni Pizza

September 28, 2018
11 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
What You'll Need
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic or 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 8-ounce bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices deli provolone cheese
  • 4 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Basil, for topping
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, garlic, dried oregano and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cut the French bread in half, lengthwise, and then in half, crosswise, so you have four “pizza” crusts. Place the four halves, cut side up, onto a baking tray. Divide the tomato sauce evenly between the halves, about 1/4 cup each, and spread evenly. Place two slices of provolone onto each pizza, tearing them up a bit if they hang over the edge too much. Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese over top followed by a few pepperoni slices. Sprinkle the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese over the pepperoni and then a dusting of Parmesan.
  4. Place into the oven and bake until golden brown. About 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown.
  5. Let cool slightly and then top with torn basil, crushed red pepper flakes, Parmesan and dried oregano. Serve.

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8 Reviews

brushjl January 28, 2023
Fantastic! I used cheap generic tomato sauce and pepperone and splurged a bit on picante provolone. Finger linking good.
Leah July 24, 2022
This is delicious as is. My husband showed me how to make a flavorful pizza sauce & that elevated this fun recipe. One of my favs.
Linda D. October 2, 2021
As others have said, great easy recipe. Thank you!
diaday January 26, 2020
This is a recipe that is so customizable. Everyone can make a pizza of his or her choice! Reminds me of when I was a little kid and we made our personal pizzas using English muffins.
bas26 December 31, 2019
This sounded so good and I couldn't wait to try it so I made this with ingredients I had on hand: Rao's marinara sauce with basil, shredded Mexican cheese blend, Paio (a Portugese sausage very thinly sliced),fresh mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese. It was quick, easy and delicious. The Food52 recipe was the best inspiration! Now I can't wait to try other variations.
Kent L. September 25, 2019
For my family, we would use more sauce and skip the salt. we would probably add maybe mushrooms, onions as well. Great easy recipe.
Sheri W. November 6, 2018
Have made this twice in two weeks. It’s perfect! My kids love it because it’s customizable. I was surprised that the sauce didn’t have to be cooked before spreading, but it didn’t. This will be a go-to quick week day meal. Leftovers make great lunches too!
Jessica October 27, 2018
This was really good! I doubted the sauce and cheese amounts but made as is and it came out perfectly. The only thing I would do differently is flatten the bread a bit so it doesn't tip in the oven and give a bit more surface area for toppings