Caprese Garlic Bread

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A simple recipe for Caprese Garlic Bread, the best garlic bread you will ever eat! 

Caprese Garlic Bread is garlic bread with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze. It is the best garlic bread recipe!

Garlic bread has always been a staple in our home. Growing up, my dad would make garlic bread to go with every Italian meal. My dad’s lasagna, spaghetti, and ravioli always had garlic bread on the side. Carb overload? Maybe, but I never complained. Now, every time I am make an Italian meal, I ask Josh if he wants garlic bread to go with. He says yes 100% of the time. I am glad he enjoys garlic bread as much as I do. And since we both eat it, it doesn’t matter if we have garlic breath:)

Caprese Garlic Bread This easy garlic bread recipe is the BEST!

I love plain old garlic bread, but we recently gave the traditional garlic bread a makeover. We made Caprese Garlic Bread and let me tell you, this is the BEST garlic bread I have ever eaten. I am putting it in the top 10 recipes we have ever made…ok, maybe 20. I love a lot of our recipes:) This Caprese Garlic Bread is a winner. It deserves a gold medal for sure!

Caprese Garlic Bread Recipe on The BEST garlic bread recipe!

Caprese Garlic Bread Recipe is easy to make and perfect for summer!

This garlic bread recipe has all of my favorite ingredients-bread, cheese, tomatoes, basil, and of course garlic and butter! We used Land O Lakes Butter in Half Sticks for this recipe. It is perfect because the recipe calls for four tablespoons, which is exactly one half stick! Perfect! No need to cut a stick of butter in half and have the other half get lost in the fridge.

Caprese Garlic

We mixed together softened butter and minced garlic. Oh, what a glorious combination!


We spread the bread-hey, that rhymes, with the garlic butter.


We added slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and popped the bread into the oven. We baked the bread for about 15 minutes, until the cheese was melted and starting to brown on the edges.

Caprese Garlic Bread Recipe The perfect garlic bread for summer!

We topped the bread with tomato slices, seasoned them with salt and pepper, and sprinkled fresh basil over the tomatoes.

Easy Caprese Garlic Bread is the best garlic bread and the perfect recipe for summer barbecues, potlucks, and parties.

Next, we added a drizzle of balsamic. We reduced the balsamic vinegar to give it a thicker texture and sweeter flavor.

Caprese Garlic Bread Recipe made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze. Everyone loves this easy garlic bread!

And voila-Caprese Garlic Bread! The best garlic bread ever!!

Caprese Garlic Bread is a family favorite recipe and perfect for summertime.

We cut the bread into thick slices and devoured the loaf. It’s crusty, cheesy, garlicky, buttery, tomatoey, basily, and a tad bit vinegary. I think I just made up a bunch of words, but you’re with me, right? It’s super duper delicious!

If you are looking for an updated version of the classic garlic bread, make this Caprese Garlic Bread. It will change your life for the better. And it is perfect for summer! So fresh and tasty! We are going to be making this garlic bread all summer long. And don’t be worried about garlic breath, just make sure the person you are smoochin’ eats some too. I am sure you won’t have to twist their arm:)

If you like caprese salad, you will LOVE this easy Caprese Garlic Bread.

Caprese Garlic Bread

Garlic bread with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic! The best garlic bread you will ever eat!
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes


  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread horizontally cut in half
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 medium tomatoes sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place both sides of the baguette on a large baking sheet with the cut side up.
  2. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic and spread evenly on bread halves. Place the mozzarella cheese slices on top of the bread, making sure the cheese covers the bread completely. Bake the bread for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  3. While the bread is in the oven, make the balsamic reduction. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring the vinegar to a boil, decrease the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about half. This should only take about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Remove the bread from oven. Top the bread with tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Cut into slices and serve.

Disclosure: this post is in partnership with Land O’ Lakes. 

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Do you think you can put the tomatoes on the bread half way through baking so they are warm and a bit softened? Or do you think it will make the bread soggy?

  2. I skipped the balsamic only because I ran out of time, dinner was ready and I was still assembling this, but I grilled it and even without the drizzle, it was amazing! Thank you!!!

  3. I made this last night and it is absolutely wonderful; especially with a nice glass of red wine…
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. I just made this for myself and family, one person said they would just try a bite, 5 minutes later the whole piece was gone!
    For those of you who are not sure if you want to make it, perhaps you feel satiated just from the pictures, think again! Just as Maria stated above, it will become a family favorite.

    Thank you not only for this amazing recipe, but for all of them and your clever ideas!!

  5. I don this and put an thinly pounded out flat piece of chicken grilled and put on it to make a sandwiches .  also putting spinach and arctichokes on for a different meal so many things to do with this we love it plain or doctored up with other things.

  6. Just the added zing of freshness that I wanted to add to my garlic bread!  Everyone raved, after devouring it in less than ten minutes!

  7. Served at a party and everyone raved about it. Will be making again and again. Mine looked like the picture and tasted as good as it looked. Another great recipe from two peas and their pod!

  8. I made this yesterday. Quick, fresh, DELICIOUS, and husband-approved! I will definitely make it again. And again. And again.

  9. Wow!!! Maria thank you so much for posting this amazing recipe…I found it through Pinterest. I have been making it daily…think I am a little addicted…I even eat it cold for breakfast…YUMMY…kiddoes too!!! Kids are asking for it with dinner every night of grilling!!!

  10. Can I ask where you bought your Ciabatta? I live close to you, I grew up just a few blocks away from your new home, I am much older than you youngsters and still live just a couple of miles away, close to Cactus & Tropicals. Really cool porch swing, does it swing?! Love old ski lift swings!

    I am going to make this since I have heirlooms and tons of basil, I would give you some if you want, I bake bread but lately way too hot to run my oven at 500, plus too many hours at work and watching the Olympics!!

    Thanks! Heidi


  12. This was a major hit Christmas Eve. We decided to go Italian this year. I needed a WOW as we potluck among the family. I made this as the appetizer and got the WOW. I will be making it again New Year’s Day as an appetizer. Can’t wait to see the smiles.

  13. Esta sabrosa mezcla de pan e ingredientes caseros esta fenomenal, fresca y muy fácil de hacer, gracias, solo faltaría una copa de vino blanco fría, saludos

  14. Wow!!!  This looks so delicious!!!!  Im gonna try it.  Will let you know!!  Thanks !!  I lived in Italy for a while ans remembered eating pasta EVER DAY!!!!  Didnt gain any weight.  And all was soooo delicious!!!!  Yum yummy!!

  15. This reminds me of the movie Julie and Julia, i think that was the name.  But i love it!!!  It makes life so much better and enjoyable!!! 

  16. 5 stars
    Very good! I did mine on the grill and will try grilling/toasting the bread next time, but really liked it. We did it on French bread since we had leftover. I imagine it’s even better on chibata bread!

  17. 4 stars
    This recipe is spot on perfect!  I made this a while back, loved it, raved to friends about it, but I didn’t leave a review.  Walking through the farmer’s market today and seeing beautiful heirloom tomatoes and vibrant basil, I was immediately inspired to find this recipe again AND to thank you for creating such a yummy treat and sharing it with all of us.  Off to slice open the crusty ciabatta and get this deliciousness going!  

  18. I made this last night with our dinner and it was SOOOO AMAZING!! I will be keeping this recipe on repeat! Thank you so much!

  19. 5 stars
    I made this to go along with The Barefoot Contessa’s Weeknight Bolognese and the two together were fabulous!  LOVE all the flavors in this bread…especially the garlic and balsamic!  I think next time I will try brushing the tomatoes with a little olive oil before placing them on the cooked bread then putting it under the broiler for just a but to warm up the tomatoes. We’ll see how that goes!

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