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Cheesy Italian Bread Recipe

Cheesy Italian Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One slice equals 1 starch; also, 60 calories, 102 mg sodium, 2 mg cholesterol, 11 gm carbohydrate, 2 gm protein, 1 gm fat.

Reviews for Cheesy Italian Bread

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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."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

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

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?"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011


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 !!!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"Will make this again. We all loved it"

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