Peppery Pizza Loaves Recipe
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Peppery Pizza Loaves Recipe

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I often take these French bread pizzas to church picnics or potluck suppers and there is never any left. When I fix them for the two of us, I freeze two halves in foil to enjoy later. —Lou Stasny, Poplarville, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8-12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 loaves (8 ounces each) French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) process cheese sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 can (4 ounces) sliced jalapenos, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 323 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 907mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in garlic powder and salt.
  2. Place each bread half on a large piece of heavy-duty foil. Spread with cheese sauce. Top with beef mixture, mushrooms, onions and jalapenos. Drizzle with tomato sauce. Top with Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Wrap and freeze. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  3. To bake: Unwrap loaves and thaw on baking sheets in the refrigerator. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8-12 servings.
Originally published as Peppery Pizza Loaves in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p16

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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kfnb User ID: 8771061 252301
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2016

"I was hungry for pizza tonight, but I made this recipe instead. It was excellent, tasted even better than take out pizza."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 232894
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"This pizza was so easy and so good. My daughter and I had so much fun making it and eating it. I took the suggestion of pairing it with sweet red wine. Glad I did. It was awesome!"

thebigapple User ID: 8031442 203507
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"I liked this recipe but thought it was a little labor intensive so not sure how often I'll make it."

alengach User ID: 1671786 22509
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"Easy to make and my kids absolutely love these."

crystal24 User ID: 2396269 74418
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"Made this tonight, tasted great. Few things are off though, there wasn't quite enough meat and mushrooms to go around all the loaves. Will use more next time. I used cut up velveeta instead of the cheese spread, it worked out great. Will use less of it next time, as was a bit salty. All in all this recipe was great as it was, will make again :)"

Lms526 User ID: 5666986 76700
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I made this last night. It was a big hit. Both my parents said it was good. It was easy to make, but very messy. I would definitely make this again, but next time, I think I would use crescent rolls rather than the French Bread. I also found the cooking time to be a little off."

markarrie User ID: 5085892 203506
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"I made this for a happy hour. It's perfect since it can be done ahead of time and just popped into the oven while everyone visits. I did half with the peppers and half without for the weak eaters. Everyone LOVED it! It was gone as soon as I put it out."

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