15 Minute Ciabatta Garlic Bread Recipe

Does your pasta dinner need some garlic bread? This 15 minute garlic ciabatta bread recipe is not only fast but it is the perfect base for a chicken caprese sandwich or to dunk in some creamy tomato bisque. You’ll be amazed at the crispy crunch ciabatta bread brings to easy garlic bread!

baked garlic bread on a white scalloped plate.
Crispy pieces of garlic bread with all those nooks and crannies!

While it is definitely plays a supporting role on most menus, garlic bread can easily steal the show especially if it’s as good as this one! If your family is anything like mine, paying big attention to menus and food is an event. And a recipe like this garlic ciabatta bread made with simple ingredients that comes together in 15 minutes?

Star of the show.

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Craving garlic bread?

two loaves of garlic bread on a parchment covered sheet pan.
Cover your baking sheet with parchment for easy garlic bread clean-up!

I mentioned 15 minutes. That is made possible thanks to a cheesy garlic paste that gets slathered all over the ciabatta.

The whole loaf gets baked (not broiled, believe it or not!) and you’ll end up with the crunchiest ciabatta on the outside and the most decadent parmesan garlic mixture on the inside.

Recipes that require some garlic bread: pancetta tomato sandwich, classic Italian red sauce, and classic Alfredo sauce…so good!

Good Stuff You’ll Need

Here’s what goes into making the best garlic bread recipe.

butter, garlic, basil, oregano
 and parmesan on a wooden cutting board.
Garlic bread spread calls for fresh garlic, parmesan, unsalted butter and thyme

Garlic bread spread:

  • Fresh minced garlic. About 7-8 cloves for one loaf.
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese. Please, please grate your parmesan fresh. You and your garlic bread will be very happy you did.
  • Unsalted butter. Preferred but if all you have is salted then reduce the salt quantity mentioned in the recipe card
  • Oregano. The magic juju that sends marries the garlic with the parmesan.

Best bread for garlic bread

Ciabatta is the perfect choice for garlic bread because of its shape and texture.

Flat and wide in shape, Ciabatta is a rustic Italian bread with a dry, floury crust that is slightly firm and chewy. Baked ciabatta creates a crispy shell, with an airy crumb that soaks in the garlic paste.

How to make ciabatta garlic bread

First let’s clear one thing up.

  • Mash the softened butter and add the garlic, parmesan cheese, kosher salt, and seasoning [1].
  • Mix all together to make a creamy garlic spread [2].
  • Take a little taste and add more seasoning to suit your preference.
bread being spread with garlic butter using a wooden spreader.
Spread that yummy garlic butter all over the halved ciabatta bread.

Slice the ciabatta loaf lengthwise in half. On each side, smear a healthy amount of the zesty garlic paste making sure to go all the way to the edges of the bread. (no need to be shy here, my friend).

Lay both halves on a baking tray or aluminum foil to bake until golden brown and crispy.


Garlic Measuring Tip

7 cloves of garlic = approx. 2T mashed garlic


What to do with leftover garlic bread

close up of golden brown garlic bread on a blue scallop plate.

Ok. You might be thinking, “no way am I going to have any leftover garlic bread!” But if you’ve eaten a big plate (with seconds) of pasta with my homemade Italian red sauce and some arugula salad, you might have a smattering of garlic bread leftover.

Here are some ideas of what to do with it:

  • Salad Base– Whip up this oh-so-yummy Italian chopped salad and use the garlic bread as the base for it (although those homemade crostinis are darn good!)
  • Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Take some leftover Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham and layer it on the garlic bread along with some cranberry sauce.
  • Cube It – Cut the garlic bread into small pieces and use as a topping for a comforting soup recipe.

Helpful Tips

crispy garlic bread on a blue scalloped plate with a sheet pan of garlic bread.

Garlic. To finely chop or mince garlic, you can use a knife or a garlic press depending on what you’re comfortable with.

Cooking time. Using my oven, the garlic bread cooked in about 15 minutes.

Make it pretty. A sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley adds a pop of green to the top of the loaf.


MAKE A BIG BATCH OF GARLIC PASTE

Use your small bowl of a food processor to mix up a big batch of garlic paste to have for when the garlic bread craving hits!


Serving & Storage

  • Serve in a pretty bread basket or on a large wooden cutting board rustically cut into diagonal pieces.

Storage. Refrigerate leftovers in a resealable bag or container for up to 3 days.

Make ahead

You can make the paste and spread it on the bread earlier in the day you plan to bake it. Refrigerate until you’re ready to bake the bread.

Reheating

Reheat on a piece of tin foil or a baking sheet in a 350˚ oven until warmed through and re-crisped.

Freezing

You can freeze the garlic paste by making it ahead. Either form the paste into a small log wrapped with plastic wrap or spoon into in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.


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baked garlic bread on a white scalloped plate.
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Easy Ciabatta Garlic Bread

Does your homemade pasta need some garlic bread? This 15 minute garlic ciabatta bread recipe is not only fast but it is the perfect base for a chicken caprese sandwich or to dunk in some creamy tomato bisque. You'll be amazed at the crispy crunch ciabatta bread brings to easy garlic bread!
Prep Time:2 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:17 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°.
  • Slice the ciabatta loaf lengthwise in half and lay each halve on a foil or parchment covered baking tray or sheet pan.
  • In a small bow, mix the softened butter with the minced garlic until a paste forms. Stir in the parmesan cheese, kosher salt and oregano.
    7 cloves garlic, ½ cup butter, ½ cup parmesan cheese, ½ tsp oregano, ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Spread half of the garlic butter mixture on one side of the ciabatta and the rest on the other half. Spread the butter all the way to the edges! You want all the garlicky goodness!
  • Sprinkle over a little extra parmesan cheese and pop into the oven for 15 minutes or so until golden brown and toasty.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with crushed red pepper if desired and a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve in a pretty bread basket or on a large wooden cutting board rustically cut into diagonal pieces.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD. You can make the paste and spread it on the bread earlier in the day you plan to bake it. Refrigerate until you’re ready to bake the bread.
REHEATING.Reheat on a piece of tin foil or a baking sheet until warmed through and re-crisped.
FREEZING TIPS. Make the paste ahead and either form into a small log wrapped with plastic wrap or spoon into in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
 
Course: Appetizer, bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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