Cheesy Italian Bread Recipe
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Cheesy Italian Bread Recipe

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This crusty bread is as big a treat today as it was when Mom made it back when I was growing up. It goes so well with an Italian meal or alongside a big bowl of soup. —Cookie Curci, San Jose, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounces) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • Cornmeal

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 54 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, garlic salt, and cheese. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each half into a 14-in. loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Brush loaves with water. Make three diagonal slashes about 1/2 in. deep with a very sharp knife in each loaf.
  5. Fill a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with 1 in. of hot water and place on the bottom oven rack. Bake bread at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Cheesy Italian Bread in Taste of Home August/September 1997, p35

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justmbeth 233548
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Really good! I may have used a touch too much flour this time around...but that was a novice bread maker fault. Will make again."

stephrae 47462
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"I have made this twice now and my family loves it!"

rduckworth 15807
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"Just a question before I bake this bread. I do not use garlic salt, so how much salt and garlic powder would I use?"

granolagirl7 48696
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011


lz0s18 23742
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"Delicious bread and easy to make. I am new to bread-making. This bread was a great boost to my confidence in making bread. I would encourage all to give it a try. A big, big hit at our house !!!"

krazykrisy 23739
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"This bread is a family favorite. I also use it sliced in half lengthwise for sub sandwiches with a cup of soup. It's delicious."

PatWTS 202327
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"Have made this dozens of times and everyone loves it. I often use Parmesean cheese rather than Romano and use garlic powder instead of garlic salt and it comes our great!"

ak47gramma 50219
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"Will make this again. We all loved it"

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