Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Every year I grow basil in a pot on my deck, and every year by the middle of summer I’ve managed to kill it.  I always have grand plans of making pesto and freezing it, but it never seems to happen. Now, however I have another reason to keep that basil plant alive – this basil butter garlic bread!  It turns out that when butter is combined with fresh herbs and garlic, slathered on French bread and toasted in the oven, it’s pretty amazing. Add in a little melted parmesan cheese on top and it’s more than amazing. I actually had some leftover basil butter in the fridge after making this that I used it to butter some fresh, warm-out-of-the-oven bread, and it’s safe to say that basil butter is pretty delicious no matter how you eat it. 🙂

Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Basil Butter Garlic Bread


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch Basil (a generous Handful)
  • 1 bunch Parsley (use 1/3 Of The Amount Of Basil)
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 whole Green Onion
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 loaf Ciabatta Or French Bread
  • 1-2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the bread and cheese in a food processor, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cut open the loaf of bread and spread both halves with the basil butter. Put the halves together and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the bread, separate the halves and add the Parmesan cheese. Return them to the oven and change the tempereature to 500ºF. (You could also put them under the broiler.) Cook until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and starting to get brown.
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  1. Mmm fresh basil and garlic bread are such a fabulous team!! This looks awesome!

  2. Hi Megan,
    I’ve been reading your posts for months but I never comment (I know, shame on me), until now. Wow! So simple and so yummy. This is something I can totally start doing and with no stress involved. I just wonder why your recipe calls for olive oil with the butter? Then again, Land O Lakes sells a spreadable butter mixed with olive oil so I guess that’s it?

    I’ll start commenting to support your blog too.

  3. I know exactly what I’m going to do with some of my fresh basil now. This looks incredible!

  4. Looks fantastic, Megan! I grow basil in a small container garden on my patio and I can’t keep it alive past mid-summer, either! This year, I’m going to try my hardest to make it survive so I can try your recipe. I love garlic bread in any form and herb butters are a great way to add flavor to so many recipes.

  5. I just bought some fresh basil the other day. How perfect, Megan! Looks so good!

  6. I have tons of basil to use, what a great recipe! My whole family would love this!

  7. Basil, garlic, parm, bread- does it really get any better than this? 🙂

  8. Looks absolutely delicious!

  9. Love the idea of adding fresh basil to garlic bread!

  10. Great idea to use fresh basil on this bread! I have a lot of basil to use up so i am going to have to try this.

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  12. what a great garlic bread! yummm!

  13. Oh my, this looks incredible! I absolutely adore basil 🙂

  14. Megan! I was so excited to make this tonight! Mainly b/c I LOVE really crunchy bread and I love pesto! Well, I had it all figured out that my picky kids would snuff their noses at it and then it would be all mine!!! WELL, GUESS WHAT??? They freakin LOVED it! I made it on Ciabatta bread and it was SO awesome! My 7 year old Son loved it the most! Even more than me! He keeps coming back in the kitchen and grabbing more and more! So I just wanted to say thanks!

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