Hearty Italian meals have always been some of my favorites to both make at home and order out. I can eat pasta day and night for weeks without getting tired of it. And sometimes I do. But it’s rare that I serve or indulge in the wonderful Italian breads that so often accompany those meals. After all, a girl has to watch her figure with all of those carbs, right? 😉
But in all seriousness, I do enjoy a good Italian bread, slathered in sweet butter, dunked in herb-infused olive oil, or well toasted with a hefty dose of garlic. All of that goodness comes out when I entertain. This garlic ciabatta bread is one of my favorites to prepare, as it’s got enormous flavor and is easy to prepare. When entertaining, I make the garlic-olive oil mixture in advance, so that it only takes a minute to put together and move to the oven for a quick bake while I spend time with friends. Enjoy!
Garlic Ciabatta Bread
Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics (p. 184)
- 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 c. fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 6 large cloves of garlic, crushed or finely minced
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 loaf ciabatta bread
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat olive oil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper until garlic is translucent and has infused the olive oil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Slice a loaf of ciabatta horizontally. On one half, spread butter. Spread the garlic-olive oil mixture on the other half. Put back together and wrap in aluminum foil.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until bread is heated throughout. Remove from oven and slice.
12 thoughts on “Garlic Ciabatta Bread”
We love a nice warm loaf of garlic bread!
I love garlic bread, particularly with bread like ciabatta. A lovely side or for nibbling on!
Adore garlic parsley bread. So good with EVERYTHING!
Garlic bread is my all time favorite, your recipe just looks lovely!
There’s nothing like homemade bread!
Oh that looks and sounds fabulous! And so easy peasy.
Perfect with a big bowl of spaghetti with meat sauce. YUM!!
This would make the best asiago cheese toasts I think. That with any pasta would make a great meal.
I love a good garlic bread. I am suddenly craving s pasta night to have this.
My husband loves this bread!
I can’t ever so no to garlic bread!
This bread looks super good! I love homemade garlic bread.