Quick & Easy Garlic Bread for Two
This cheesy garlic bread recipe steps it up a notch by using roasted garlic butter (which is heaven), and gooey, melty cheese. Roasted garlic is the easiest thing in the world to make – and I have a link coming this week so you can have an easy-to-follow recipe for it!
This small batch cheesy bread recipe is a much better alternative to anything you can buy from the freezer aisle. We don’t eat the frozen stuff quickly enough, so it usually tastes a little off by the time we get to the third and fourth pieces. This roasted garlic bread is just so perfect for a quick, cheesy, delicious alternative that uses fresh ingredients. It’s like leaps and bounds better, seriously.
What ingredients do I need?
- Fresh Sourdough, Italian, or French Bread
- Roasted Garlic
- Monterey Jack Cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Fresh Parsley
- Freshly Cracked Pepper
I left out any major seasonings in this bread, because it is meant to be used as a vessel to soak up all of the delicious saucy remains from date night bolognese pasta, or maybe a cheesy baked gnocchi. This small batch garlic bread is also perfect to serve with a simple, spicy tomato soup OR a creamy roasted tomato soup! (Both of those soup recipes are small batch recipes, so it’s a perfect combination.) All of those recipes are linked below!
What goes well with this Cheesy Roasted Garlic Bread?
This cheesy bread is the perfect companion for a lot of recipes:
- Date Night Bolognese Sauce
- Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup
- Simple, Spicy Tomato Soup
- Spicy Ricotta Baked Meatballs
- Creamy Cajun Linguine
- Cacio e Pepe with Shallots
- One Pot Sausage and Bacon Cheesy Baked Gnocchi
Tips for making this Roasted Garlic Cheesy Bread:
- Use fresh bakery bread. If you’re in the Kansas City area, I love the sourdough bread from Farm to Market. If you have a local baker that does sourdough, Italian, or French loaves, go with that. It’s even better if you can buy a half loaf (if you’re making this recipe for 2-4 people!) But use the rest for grilled cheese sandwiches if you have extra!
- Don’t be afraid of too much roasted garlic. Roasted garlic is so much different than raw garlic. It has a mild, sweet, totally addictive flavor that will have you craving more. Add at least four cloves of roasted garlic to the softened butter, but feel free to throw a couple more in if you’re feeling it.
- Use a blend of cheeses. I love mozzarella because of it’s melty quality, and Monterey Jack is also an excellent melty cheese that has a touch more flavor. But you could blend Havarti, Asiago, or Parmesan in, too!
My final tip would just make an extra piece in case you decide you need more. 🙂 But seriously, if you make this roasted garlic cheese bread I would LOVE to see it! Just tag me on Instagram!
Roasted Garlic Cheesy Bread
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter softened
- 4 cloves roasted garlic or more to taste
- 2 slices fresh bread, sliced about 1/2" thick sourdough, french, or Italian bread
- pinch flaky sea salt
- 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- finely chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the softened butter and roasted garlic cloves in a small bowl. Smash the garlic into the butter, and mix until combined.
- Divide the roasted garlic butter between the bread slices. Lightly sprinkle them each with a small pinch of flaky sea salt.
- Divide the cheeses between the breads, then bake at 375 F for 5-6 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and browned.
- Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Serve hot!