48. Freeze-Ahead Garlic Bread

No Italian meal would be complete without a savory loaf of garlic bread. Freeze a few loaves of this ahead of time and you'll always have plenty for pasta night!


1 long loaf French or Italian bread
6 to 8 tbs butter, room temp.
2 tbs dried Italian Seasoning
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Grated Parmesan cheese

Make-Ahead Preparation:

Slice bread lengthwise leaving one side intact. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, Italian seasoning and garlic. Mix well.

Spread each cut side of the bread with the butter mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese to taste over both sides of the bread. Close the loaf.

Wrap loaf in tin foil. Label and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Last Minute Preparation:

Allow bread to thaw overnight in the freezer, if desired.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If bread is frozen, loosen the foil and bake for 15 minutes. Open up the bread so the cut sides are exposed and cook for approximately 15 more minutes.

If bread is coming out of the refrigerator, cut cooking time down by about 10 minutes.

Slice into 1" slices on the diagonal and serve.


  1. What a great find!!
    I found you from blogher!
    I have a family cooking blog that I plan on posting a lot of freezer cooking in - I will add your site to my blogroll and probably pots about it soon! I like to highlight all the good food blogs I find!

  2. This looks fantastic! Garlic breadis a must have with pasta for my husband and its always the LAST THING on my mind when I'm coordinating a meal! This would be very handy. Thanks!

  3. your blog is wonderful! I'm looking for meals to freeze for when my baby is born and I'm stopping here!
    Thanks so much!