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Rustic Garlic Parmesan Herb Bread is a savory artisan style bread that anyone can make. This delicious and fragrant bread is the perfect complement to any meal. Enjoy!

Rustic Garlic Parmesan Herb Bread on a cutting board with a bread knife by it.

Don’t you love those pretty bread loaves you see in the baskets at fancy grocery stores? You know the ones—they look like the work of a famous baker who has kept a secret family recipe that has been passed down for generations. This bread is one of those breads, except anyone can make it. The recipe is simple and the ingredients are ones you probably have in your pantry. The heady, fragrant herbs will fill your kitchen with the irresistible aroma of those beautiful, artisan loaves you’ve been eyeing at the store.

Savory herbs are mixed in with warm water and yeast to blend the flavors and activate the leavening. Then, the parmesan and flour are mixed in until the dough is formed. Bonus—no kneading necessary! Once the ingredients are combined and the dough has formed, the yeast will take over and do the rest of the work. So minus the rise times and the bake time, it only takes a few minutes to put this bread together. it’s so good, the longest part of making it is waiting a few minutes for it to cool before you can eat it.

  • Do I have to use a stand mixer?

    No. This recipe is easy to mix up by hand—no kneading, just make sure the dough is formed.

  • How should I store the bread once it is made?

    It would be surprising if your bread isn’t devoured immediately, but to store these lovely loaves, wrap tightly in tin foil and do not refrigerate. It should keep for up to 4 days.

  • Can I use fresh herbs in place of the dried ones?

    Yes, fresh herbs can also be used. To match up the strength of flavor, you should use about three times the amount of the dried herbs respectively. Make sure to mince the herbs really small so the flavors spread throughout the bread.

If you liked this bread, you may want to try your hand at some of these other delicious bread recipes:

Hand holding a slice of rustic garlic parmesan herb bread with the rest of the loaf of bread in the background.

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Hand holding a slice of rustic garlic parmesan herb bread with the rest of the loaf of bread in the background.
Rustic Garlic Parmesan Herb Bread is a savory artisan style bread that anyone can make. This delicious and fragrant bread is the perfect complement to any meal. Enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • In a large mixing bowl, add yeast, sugar, and water. Stir in salt, rosemary, basil, oregano, and garlic.
  • Add in 2 cups of flour and the parmesan cheese and stir until combined. Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup flour (if needed) until you have a smooth and elastic dough that is tacky, but doesn't stick to your hands.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased mixing bowl, cover, and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape into two separate round loaves. Place loaves onto the prepared baking sheet. Let rise another 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Top each loaf with 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  • Bake in the 375 degree oven for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.
This recipe is adapted from The Craft Patch's Rustic Rosemary Bread.


Serving: 0.25loaf | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: herb bread

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Kristina P

I used finely shredded parmesan and the minced garlic from the jar. I also used active dry yeast, so I did let it proof for five minutes before proceeding. Finally, I kept all of the dough together to bake one large loaf in the dutch oven on parchment paper. Oh my ever-loving goodness, this bread was good! The kitchen smelled amazing while it baked and the dutch oven gave it the most beautiful brown crust (that solves Jackie Cannon’s browning issue). My husband and I scarfed it right up with our pasta for dinner. This will be a new favorite… Read more »


Did you still put butter on top?

Shawna L Nash

Kristina, how long did it take you to make one loaf in the Dutch oven?


Hi! I am going to make this in a Dutch oven too. Did you preheat it first? Also, did you change the oven temp? Thanks!


5 stars
Loved this bread recipe. My house smelled amazing.
In the process of making it again for dinner later. For people that wanted it a bit more crusty, I suggest that you bake it for about 18 minutes and than crank the heat to 425 for a few more minutes.


5 stars
I’m new to baking bread and this is by far the BEST bread I’ve come across. Full of flavour, easy to make and smells amaaazing. I followed the instructions exactly. About to make some again, thanks for the recipe!


Looks great! Would substituting half of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour be fine?

Yes, you can substitute up to half of the flour with whole wheat.

This bread is delicious! We ate one loaf for dinner. I refrigerated the other loaf. Two days later I reheated it in oven for about 10 min at 400 degrees. It was just as great reheated.


4 stars
I actually loved the simplicity of this recipe. I did tweak it, using vegan Parmesan to remove the animal content from it. I used fresh torn up basil and added a good dash of pepper. I also sprinkled the top prior to baking with a little more rosemary and some Parmesan 👌

Carol Chorney

5 stars
You are amazing! I’ve made recipes of yours. Every one turns out great. First time I’ve ever made bread thanks to you. Thank you.


5 stars
Am I able to double the amount of garlic & parmesan?
If so, kindly advise how much more flour is to be added?

Thank you in Advance & Stay Safe!

Kim VanHook

5 stars
GRea easy bread! Clear directions I lam vet this!


Bread was easy to make. Nice texture and came out golden brown. I love garlic; but I thought the taste was a little strong so next time I will cut back a little.


This bread took alot longer to cook. Center and top of bread sponges


This was super easy and very tasty!!


I have not made the bread as yet but looking forward to it.
My question is as a vegan the only ingredient I need to chance is the parm cheese. Q: if I make my own parm cheese with nuts do you think the bread will turn out the same…

You should be able to substitute with a plant based cheese product just fine.


5 stars
This bread is amazing!! Seriously…so good!!

Chris Meyer

Can someone PLEASE help???? I love this recipe but cannot get it right. It comes out VERY dense but has a great taste. I cant wait to get this right and then enjoy it. 1st time bread maker, It does not seem to rise enough and I keep adding flour. I tried stirring it all together but stirring doesn’t work so good so I pick it up and mix it or I guess knead it. I let it set for definitely 1 hour and i can get 2 loaves out of it but not very high. The crust is very… Read more »


Sounds like to much flour to me.

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