The easiest and the most delicious garlic bread right here. Hands down. Made with a store-bought ciabatta, it takes next to nothing time to make. Buttery, garlicky, packed with fresh herbs, this bread makes a perfect side dish to pasta, soups and is also great for any party!
Who else is into pasta right now?
I don’t know if it’s the season or what, but I literally could enjoy a pasta dish every night of the week lately.
I have a fantastic selection of pastas that I love, but my current favorites are this heavenly Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo Pasta and Chicken Spaghetti with Red Sauce. These are both classic recipes that are easy to make, yet taste like 5-star dining at your own table and I love that!
What is your favorite side dish to go with pasta?
I always like to add a vegetable, be it a salad or something else, but a pasta dish can never be complete without a delicious bread.
If you are looking for something a little more flavorful than your typical roll or dinner bread, you absolutely NEED NEED NEED to try this Garlic Ciabatta Bread. I can’t emphasize it enough.
Like with these mashed potatoes, I have been making this garlic bread for years but it’s still not on the blog. Let’s correct this silly mistake right now!
My family loves this recipe. It’s bursting with garlic and herb flavors, especially since I use fresh herbs in mine (I’m not against dried herbs but I prefer my garlic bread with fresh ones).
Plus, as an added bonus this bread takes just minutes to make since the ciabatta is store bought.
Just a little bit of prep work is all it takes to transform your typical ciabatta bread into an amazing creation worthy of the pasta dish that it is accompanying. Ciabatta bread is delicious already, so to enhance the flavors like this, is a delicious culinary transformation that you really must try. It’s that good.
I’m a big fan of garlic bread in general, but this one takes it up a notch. I tend to not like garlic bread that is too cheesy though, which is why I only included a small amount of parmesan into the mixture for flavor.
Not only is it delicious, but it looks amazing too! It is one of those dishes that is perfect for dinner parties, family dinner or even an intimate dinner date.
So, how do you create this quick and easy masterpiece?
How to Make Garlic Ciabatta Bread
First, be sure to preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
For the filling: Combine all the ingredients (minus the ciabatta) together, mashing with a fork until all ingredients are combined.
Now it’s time to get creative with your bread cutting abilities. Cut the ciabatta in slices without cutting through the bottom. Make a horizontal slash the length of the loaf once again without cutting through the bottom.
Now it is time to stuff the ciabatta generously with the butter mixture. Use a butter knife to spread the mixture.
Wrap your stuffed ciabatta bread loaf in foil and bake for 5 minutes. Next, remove foil and bake, unwrapped, 5 minutes more.
Now it’s time to pull apart and enjoy!
Garlic Ciabatta Bread
- 1 loaf ciabatta bread
- 1 stick (115g) butter , softened to room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/2 cup (50g) grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley , chopped
- Preheat an oven to 350°F (175°C).
- For the filling, mix all the ingredients except ciabatta together and mash with a fork until combined.
- Cut the ciabatta in slices without cutting through the bottom. Make a horizontal slash the length of the loaf once again without cutting through the bottom.
- Using a butter knife, stuff the ciabatta generously with the butter mixture.
- Wrap in foil and bake for 5 minutes. Unwrap the ciabatta and bake 5 minutes more. Enjoy!