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This festive and super Easy Pull Apart Garlic Parmesan Bread is soft, buttery, garlicky, herby, and SO delicious. Serve this warm right out of the oven with a light sprinkle of flaky sea salt for a bread that’s melt in your mouth good…and oh so impressive. And the real secret to this bread? Caramelizing the garlic in butter for a rich, but subtle garlic flavor. The perfect pull-apart bread for New Year’s Eve…and all those upcoming cozy winter dinners at home.

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Second to last recipe post of 2020! So weird right? I’ve shared more recipes this year, created more content, and opened up more than ever before. I know 2020 was weird and difficult for many, but when it comes to all things HBH, we sure had an amazing year. I’m loving reflecting back on all the positive things this year has brought.

I was just reading some of (many) comments from Sunday’s Favorites post. I’m excited to dive into new content come January filled with healthier, yet still delicious recipes!

But guys, until then…I’m still in holiday mode. And today I have possibly one of my family’s favorite recipes. Normally I wouldn’t share a recipe so simple and easy, but I made this bread the other night when we did an Italian night of spicy stuffed peppers in marinara sauce. Any kind of marinara sauce needs bread for dipping. Since I knew my brother Malachi loves a good loaf of cheesy garlic bread, I made this. It took ten minutes tops to prep. The second I finished wrapping this in foil I thought to myself, “man, Kai’s going to tell me this is fire, I just know it”. And then the greatest thing happened. I walked into my parent’s kitchen just as everyone was eating dinner, and literally, the first words out of Kai’s mouth were, “Tiegs this bread is insane”. It made my entire day.

caramelized garlic

He didn’t use the words I thought he’d use but the message was the same…this bread is really good. Nothing makes me happier than making a dinner my family LOVES.

So, I knew immediately that even though this bread is crazy easy, I still had to share this simple recipe.

garlic butter

Here are the quick details.

Start with the garlic. It’s essential to this recipe. I like to caramelize the garlic in a skillet with a pat of butter until it turns extra soft and gold. Similar to roasting garlic, but much quicker. It will add a subtle, but rich garlic flavor to your bread that’s just a touch more special than using raw garlic. Caramelizing the garlic is key.

Once the garlic is soft and caramelized, mash it into a paste with a fork.

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Now, assemble. You’ll need a sourdough baguette. If you can’t find that, classic french will work just as well! Slice the loaf, but leave the bottom of the loaf intact.

Mix the remaining butter with all those herbs, parmesan cheese, asiago cheese, and that mashed garlic. Slather the butter into every last nook and cranny of the bread, then wrap the whole thing up in foil. Bake until the cheese is melted, the herbs are fragrant and the top of the bread is perfectly golden.

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The minute this hits the oven you’ll start to smell the garlic and herbs melting into the butter/bread. That’s when you’ll know this is going to be GOOD. Serve the bread warm with a tiny sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Truly nothing is more delicious. I can’t wait to serve this to my family on New Year’s Eve…my brothers are already excited.

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And lastly, some notes.

This is the perfect appetizer or side to any extra saucy Italian dinner…or really any dinner for that matter.

I LOVE serving this up with my pasta alla vodka or Bolognese sauce. But honestly, this is good all on its own, right out of the oven. It’s hard to beat.

Oh, and the smell while this bakes? It. Is. Heavenly!

What every dinner from now through the rainy days of April needs.

Easy Pull Apart Garlic Parmesan Bread with marinara sauce

Looking for other last minute and easy appetizers/sides for New Years? Here are my favorites: 

Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch

Crispy Sesame Ginger Potstickers with Chive Chili Sauce

Oven Fried Coconut Shrimp with Thai Pineapple Chili Sauce

Lastly, if you make this Easy Pull Apart Garlic Parmesan Bread, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Easy Pull Apart Garlic Parmesan Bread

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories Per Serving: 191 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
    2. Melt together the garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic softens and turns golden, 5-10 minutes. Remove from the heat, finely mash the garlic with a fork.
    3. Slice the baguette into 1 1/2 inch slices, being careful not to actually slice all the way through the bread. Place the baguette on a large piece of foil.
    4. In a small bowl, combine the butter, basil, oregano, parsley, chili flakes, parmesan, asiago, and mashed garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Generously spread the garlic butter inside each slit. Wrap in foil and bake 15 minutes. Open the foil and return to the oven. Bake another 5 minutes, until golden. Tear the bread apart and serve immediately...with extra parmesan and preferably alongside your favorite Italian sauce.
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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this multiple times and it is always a crowd favorite! It is delicious and has so much flavor! It is the perfect addition to any dinner party!

    1. Hey Marlee,
      Love it!!🍪🍦 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it and sharing your review!! xx

  2. 5 stars
    This was amazing!! I had fresh basil on hand so I used that option. I will say I used vegan butter in place of regular and put this on a gluten free baguette. (We have some allergies/sensitivities) It was so delicious. My kids loved it too. This will now be what I use anytime I make garlic bread. Thank you very much for your recipes.

    1. Hey Bekah,
      Happy Monday!! I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it turned out well! xT

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for trying it out! xx

    1. Hey Carrie,
      Happy Wednesday!!❄️ Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I am so glad it was a hit! xx

  3. 5 stars
    Made this with a stew for new years, delicious! Will try with fresh basil next time. Will be using this recipe, especially roasted garlic, for all future garlic bread, yumm!

    1. Hey Elise,
      I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Happy New Year! 🎊🎈

  4. 5 stars
    Wow this was so good! Everyone at out Christmas dinner raved about it. I ended up making a bunch of roasted garlic in the oven and using that instead of the garlic in the pan and leaving out the red pepper flakes. I used french bread and everyone loved how soft it was. I also like that you can so easily make the butter mixture way ahead of time. I went ahead and sliced and buttered the bread in the morning and it was ready to go at mealtime. This is a new favorite and will be a standard on our table whenever we want garlic bread. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    1. Hey Emily,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Thanks for your comment! xx

      1. 4 stars
        Very good, used on homemade French bread, 1.5x the recipe.

        Question: can I make this in advance and freeze it? Will the flavors fade?

        1. Hey Katy,
          Love to hear that this recipe was delish! Thanks for making it and your feedback! Yes, you could assemble this and then freeze, just add baking time to bake from frozen. Have a great weekend!🍁🍃

  5. Hi Tieghan, I’m planning on making a bread recipe of yours that looks similar to this one, the easy garlic knots (I couldn’t find it online to comment). I would love to be able to make them a few days before my family comes to visit, so I can quickly warm them up or cook them day of. What would you suggest would be the best option?
    P.S. I love your recipes! They are always so warm and comforting 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        Amazing! The recipe is so easy my husband was able to make it! Tasted amazing. We will definitely be repeating this. Thanks Tieghan!

  6. 5 stars
    I wanted to make the Christmas Tree pull apart garlic bread but was a little intimidated since I’m not much of a bread maker, so I made this one instead for Christmas dinner. It was real easy and a big hit. My family isn’t big bread eaters, but there was nothing left over.

    1. Hey Teri,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy New Year!? xTieghan

  7. Honestly, I was unimpressed with this. It was a lot of work for nothing special. And especially not enough cheese and I used about 1/2 of gruyere in place of parm/asiago. Maybe my french loaf was too big, but I felt like we didn’t get enough garlic butter on each piece. I would say the people raving out this did one of all of these things: used a smaller loaf ; used a VERY good loaf of bread where no topping was needed, or just have low standard for garlic bread. HBH always has solid recipes, and maybe this could but, but this wasn’t a win or a remake for me.