Recipe | French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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 Ingredients
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.

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French Bread Pizza with Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Total Time

15 minutes




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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 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.


YES! See, Chris always thinks that it’s so gross that I eat pizza cold. But I love it when the cheese gets all hard and congealed. I prefer leftover cold pizza to the fresh stuff too!

Garden tomatoes ripening on your counter?! You must live in a dreamy zone.

I make up songs too, and it’s reached a whole new level since having a baby. The combination of babies calming whenever you break into song, my horrible memory (what are the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star again?!), the sleep deprivation, and my huge level of dorkiness = songs about changing diapers, putting on shoes, going into the carseat … yeah. And that Eddie Murphy classic from the 80’s is pretty popular in our house too. Except (should I admit this?) it’s when the dogs have to go outside, and it’s “my girls want to potty all the time.”


(These french bread pizzas looks so yummy and easy! Love it.)

Yup, I still have a few stragglers from the green tomatoes I pulled in October. They’re a wee bit wrinkly, but still good! (I hope?)

I love that you know that Eddie Murphy song too! High fives! Potty all the time works just as well. 😀

For me, french bread pizza’s are comfort food! It was probably one of the first things I learned to cook when I was a kid! I used to make a sandwich like this t my old job called the “Hot Tom”, but I used fresh tomatoes and then roasted it on the bread itself!

*hehehe* I love it. I constantly make up songs too. Thankfully Jesse finds it endearing. I’m going away this week for work and he said he was going to miss my random songs. So last night when I burst into song, he secretly taped me! LOL. He played it for me later and we laughed so hard. *hahahahaha* I sounded like a lunatic! Alas, it’s fun to make up songs!

And this fresh bread pizza looks awesome!!!! 🙂

When my husband and I got married, I found out that he would buy bowls of frozen nacho cheese dip, heat it up in the microwave and eat the entire thing for dinner. How he didn’t die of a heart attack at 21 is pretty miraculous. This pizza looks like the perfect Monday Night Football watchin Meal.

I don’t think I’ve ever had French bread pizza, but I have had its cousin, the English muffin pizza. But it was way less healthy and pretty than this. Also, singing with cat names is part of the territory when it comes to cat people. 🙂

Oreo the magic kiiiiiitty sleeps in his chaaaair!!!

Oops, sorry, enough of my singing about my cat. Yes, I do that too! As in, ALL the time! HA!

I really love this super easy recipe, especially since it has so few ingredients. PERFECT!!! Yummers!

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