Cheesy Garlic Bread is a delectable recipe that combines the savory goodness of roasted garlic, the creaminess of three cheeses, and the perfect crunch of ciabatta bread. This cheesy bread is simply irresistible and perfect for any occasion. Make sure to check out our recipe for easy homemade rustic bread too!

Cheesy Garlic Bread overhead on a cutting board with parchment paper.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • BREAD: Feel free to use a different type of artisanal bread if ciabatta is unavailable. French Bread and Italian Bread are some of our favorites.
  • GARLIC: Feel free to play around with the amount of garlic to suit your desired tastes. Additionally, if you are in a pinch for time, you can simply replace the roasted garlic with 1 tablespoon of fresh minced garlic.
  • CHEESE: This recipe uses a combination of three cheeses. Parmesan, Mozzarella, and White Cheddar. This cheese blend works perfectly with the bread for a gooey and cheesy bite every time. Feel free to substitute with your favorite cheeses for a personal touch!

Can I Make Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer?

Yes! Instead of cooking in the oven, you can cook cheesy garlic bread in the air fryer. You will need to cut the bread down to fit into the space provided with your air fryer. Then set the air fryer to 350°F, and fry until the cheese is melted and golden brown (about 3-4 minutes).

Cheesy Garlic Bread overhead, sliced on a cutting board.


Store any leftover Cheesy Garlic Bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, use an oven or toaster oven to maintain its crispy texture.

Cheesy Garlic Bread overhead on a cutting board with parchment paper.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Roasting Time 5 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Indulge in perfection with our Cheesy Garlic Bread, a creamy blend of three cheeses, roasted garlic, and ciabatta crunch. A taste sensation!


Roasted Garlic:

  • 3 heads fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded (plus extra for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Peel away the outer layers of the garlic, leaving the cloves connected. Trim the tops, exposing the cloves.
  • Place garlic heads on aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, and seal into a foil packet. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and soft.
  • Allow garlic to cool, then squeeze cloves into a bowl and mash into a paste.

Garlic Butter:

  • Combine the roasted garlic paste with softened butter, ¼ cup parmesan, and chopped parsley. Mix until well combined.


  • Spread the garlic butter generously over each cut side of the ciabatta bread.
  • Evenly distribute mozzarella, white cheddar, and additional parmesan over the garlic butter.


  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is hot and bubbly, and the edges of the bread are golden brown.


  • Slice into 12 portions or as desired, garnish with fresh parsley

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