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French Bread Pizza with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried TomatoesFrozen french bread pizza is good, but this easy homemade French Bread Pizza with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes tastes even better—and it’s vegetarian!

Singing and Eating

When you first move in with someone, you learn all sorts of little tidbits about that someone’s personality. Some of these things are endearing, while others, not so much.

After moving in with me, for example, I’m sure my husband wasn’t pleased to find out that I make up little songs about everything. Especially cats. And sometimes I like to sing obscure 80s songs replacing key words with my cats’ names. (“Miso likes to party all the time/Party all the time/Party all the tiiiiime”—come on, that’s not annoying at all, right?)

And I didn’t know about my husband’s deep, abiding love for junk food. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love some good junk food now and then too. But my husband? He is serious about the stuff. I find Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Krispies hidden in the back of the pantry, behind boxes of Kashi and Erewhon. Pints of Ben & Jerry’s covered with bags of frozen green beans. One time I was looking for an envelope and while searching through his desk, I came upon a whole drawer full of Pop-Tarts. A whole drawer of them, all neatly stacked in their neon-colored, fruit-flavored glory.

French Bread Pizza IngredientsFrozen vs Homemade

Back when we first starting living together, before I really taught myself how to cook, we used to buy a lot of frozen meals and Chris always loaded up on French bread pizzas. This was fascinating to me because it wasn’t something I ever had before. Pizza? On bread? Crazy! But he got me started on them and soon I was buying them for myself all the time too, even though I knew they were probably not the best thing I could be eating.

These French bread pizzas are a little more sophisticated than the frozen kind, though. I used my frozen pesto instead of tomato sauce since I have a lot of it in the freezer, and then I topped the pizzas with homemade sun-dried tomatoes because I still have tomatoes ripening on the countertop from the summer. They’re easy, they taste good, and you don’t have to hide them in the freezer underneath the frozen vegetables.

French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

French Bread Pizza with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

A grown-up version of the frozen favorite—French Bread Pizza!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 French demi-baguette halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella or Italian-blend cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup oven-roasted cherry tomatoes or oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place bread on baking sheet. Top each half with 2 tablespoons of pesto, ¼ cup of cheese, and tomatoes. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
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  • Reply
    December 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

    mmmm Cinnamon Toast Crunch 😉
    we make french bread pizza pretty frequently in our house, though I’ve never used sun dried tomatoes. I love them, so that’s a great idea!

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      December 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

      I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch too. 😉 When I find that Chris bought it, I always end up stealing some. I can’t resist!

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    Jennifer H
    December 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This looks SO good!!

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    December 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    What a great idea for a quick lunch! Especially if you have the frozen pesto on hand!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Time to go make some French bread pizzas!

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    April 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    i made it and it was SO good!

    • Reply
      April 13, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Really quick and easy!

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