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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
May 4, 2020 3:15 pm

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 »

May 21, 2020 8:11 am
Reply to  Kristina P

Did you still put butter on top?

Shawna L Nash
June 26, 2020 12:10 pm
Reply to  Kristina P

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

July 12, 2020 3:42 pm
Reply to  Kristina P

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!

Gail Berry
November 29, 2020 3:03 pm
Reply to  Kristina P

I know this Hass to be delicious can’t wait to try

Doris Butler
November 29, 2020 6:34 pm
Reply to  Kristina P

Thank you! I wanted to know about just doing one, in my cast iron Dutch oven!

May 4, 2020 11:24 am

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.

Eddie Vaughn
October 6, 2020 1:50 pm
Reply to  Michaela

At about 20 minutes, mine still had not browned on top so I turned on the broiler for a few and it browned up perfectly. Watch it closely though. DId not want to crank it up to 425 cause the bottom of the loaf was already browned enough.

May 7, 2020 2:39 pm

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!

April 23, 2020 12:00 pm

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

May 7, 2020 11:39 am
Reply to  Melissa

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

April 26, 2020 4:25 pm

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.

December 13, 2020 5:37 pm

5 stars
Turned out great! I figured it would be just ok, but it’s almost gone already! Mine looked a little flatter than the picture, but doesn’t matter, it’s delicious! I did cook mine about 4 minutes longer too. It has a nice crispy darker brown bottom, which is my favorite part. Definitely saving this recipe! Thank you!

December 11, 2020 10:56 am

3 stars
While the bread tastes wonderful, the step of putting a cube of butter on the center of it is a really bad idea. Basically it is made a little volcano of melted butter in the center of the bread and never spread out because it melted in and not around the crust. Brushing it with melted butter or olive oil makes much more sense.

Suzanne R Self
December 2, 2020 12:13 pm

My first time in 52 years making bread. This was worth the wait. So easy and so delicious. Our family loved it! Keep the great recipes coming, Rachel.

November 1, 2020 3:16 pm

4 stars
Really liked this bread but thought the seasonings were a little too much. Am going to try less seasonings next time so there’s just a hint. What do you think?

Carol Chorney
September 15, 2020 11:50 am

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.

August 15, 2020 8:46 am

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!

June 8, 2020 8:39 pm

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 👌

January 6, 2021 9:00 pm

This bread turned out beautifully! I am new to baking bread. It is literally day two and recipe two. This is soft and flavorful even without the added cheese (stupid allergies!). It was gone before it cooled.
My family devoured it so fast I was only left with the small ends (still delicious) and demands to make it again tomorrow. This recipe will get a written card in my collection.

December 11, 2020 11:46 am

5 stars
This recipe is amazing. I’m an awful baker, but this was so easy to make. Usually when I find “easy to make” bread recipes, they’re boring and bland. This bread recipe has so much flavor that I had to restrain myself from eating both loaves in one sitting! In fact these are so good that I’m baking a bunch to give out with my Christmas baskets I’m putting together. Thanks for the killer recipe!

November 16, 2020 1:28 pm

5 stars
My first attempt at making any kind of home made bread and it came out FANTASTIC!!!!! The recipe is not that hard and it comes out delicious. I used fresh garlic and freshly grated cheese. The house smells great and Its very tasty!

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