Italian Cheese Bread Recipe
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Italian Cheese Bread Recipe

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People are astounded to learn I make this savory Italian bread from scratch in less that an hour. With this recipe from my brother-in-law, warm slices are a delicious and easy alternative to garlic toast. I'll sometimes use this bread as a snack or appetizer.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon quick-rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 171 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 428mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Beat in water and oil until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  3. Punch dough down; place on a greased 12-in. pizza pan and pat into a 12-in. circle. Brush with salad dressing. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over top. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  4. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (16 pieces).
Originally published as Italian Cheese Bread in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p25

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JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 237024
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015 Edited Nov. 30, 2015

"Very Good. I use the dough as a pizza crust."

kookycat User ID: 7849080 24605
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"OK.....very, very heavy bread....I was taught when making Italian bread to knead the dough for about 15 minutes..not 1 or 2 minutes. Also, when I let it rise for a half hour, then you have to knead it again for another 10 minutes and let it rise in a warm place. THEN, I baked it. Much less heavy, but still a nice bread...not real airy like the cheap breads in the stores. Thank you for the recipe. I just happen to like a bread that is not so "doughy". I also baked it on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. My loaves, however, were rather large."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 60700
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Pretty good!"

dewflop User ID: 216755 29479
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"I have been wanting to make this recipe for a couple of years. Tonight I did. It was easy and quick, but I did not like the taste. The thyme was a little overwhelming. I know I could switch the herbs to my liking but I was rating the recipe on the recipe as stated. And as stated, I wasn't thrilled, nor was my bread eating family. I will try again with different herbs and spices. Thanks again for the recipe!"

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 72968
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"An old favourite. We all love this for a snack."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 72962
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"I made this in my bread machine using the dough setting. I had some thin spots, so next time I'll need to make sure I pat it evenly in the pan. The bread was delicious. I added some oregano to the dough and used olive oil instead of canola oil."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 49907
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"This has become my go to recipe for breadsticks. So fast and easy to make and my whole family loves them."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 72956
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"Very good and quite easy to make for a yeast bread! I've made this many times."

AlwaysMadeFromScratch User ID: 5208523 49906
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"Instead of the spices called for in the toppings, try 1/2 tsp. each of the following: onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salt, paprika, cumin, curry powder, plus 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes; sounds like a lot, but we like it. It makes it kind of spicy.

Also, try adding the spices to the dry dough ingredients; it makes it more flavorful.
Lastly, before adding the cheese try topping with sliced pepperoni or fully-cooked cubed turkey."

AlwaysMadeFromScratch User ID: 5208523 26016
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"This is one of our favorite recipes. We make it quite often although never quite according to the recipe. :)"

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