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Garlic Ciabatta Bread

Recipe By Tessa Arias
April 17th, 2009

One of my favorite sides to compliment a pasta dish is garlic bread. Pasta + Garlic Bread = Perfection.

One of my favorite sides to compliment a pasta dish is garlic bread. Pasta + Garlic Bread = Perfection. Its as simple as that. I found a recipe in my copy of Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten for a simple and delicious garlic bread. It kicks supermarket freezer garlic bread’s ass. And its super easy.

I followed the recipe almost exactly, the only step I changed was after removing the tin foil from the garlic bread, I picked up each half and laid it garlicky side up on the sheet pan so it would brown more. I like mine a bit more crispy.

How to make
Garlic Ciabatta Bread

One of my favorite sides to compliment a pasta dish is garlic bread. Pasta + Garlic Bread = Perfection.


  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1 large ciabatta bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the garlic, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until finely minced. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over low heat. Add the garlic and herb mixture and cook for 3 minutes, until the garlic is tender but now browned. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Cut the ciabatta in half horizontally, running a serrated knife parallel to the board. Spoon the garlic mixture onto the bottom half and spread the butter on the top half and place together.
  4. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and place on a sheet pan. Bake for 5 minutes, then unwrap and discard the foil. Bake for another 5 minutes. Slice crosswise and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Anonymous — August 14, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Emi & I love garlic bread, this will be great for us to try, I also like mine crispy. I love all your recipes and photo's are amasing. Thanks for sharing
    xxx Rete xxx

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    Zenzeroni — May 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Ah, I've just gone through your recipes to bookmark those I want to try, and I had to stop at twenty. I'm very happy to find someone who likes Nutella as much as I do.
    At least this one I can pretend this one is for sharing 🙂

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    Rachael — August 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Hi! I am going to be using this recipe as part of my little Olympic party dinner tomorrow. One of my favorite traditions is to watch the Opening Ceremonies with a meal that pays homage to the host country. A Brazilian favorite is cheesy bread. I was thinking that I might use this recipe, but put cheese on top of it. Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of cheese might work well with it? It will be eaten alongside paella. 🙂

    Thank you!

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