Oh, man, this bread is good! Not only that, it really couldn't be simpler and easier! I whipped some up last week, and Geoff and I had it for lunch with some green salad on the side. It was perfect! I think pesto is a perfect substitute for butter/garlic/spices on garlic bread. I love how much flavor it gives the bread, and the fact that it has heart-healthy olive oil is pretty great. Don't get me wrong, I love butter as much as (or more than) anyone out there, but I'd rather get my butter calories via a cupcake or a cookie! I made this garlic bread with a fresh ciabatta loaf from Trader Joe's, but you could easily substitute a baguette or french bread, or even ciabatta rolls. I think ciabatta is a good fit for the pesto, because it seeps through all the little holes in the bread and fills the whole thing with delicious flavor. Yum! I'm definitely going to keep this in mind as a quick side dish on those nights when I'm scrambling to come up with dinner!
Three Ingredient Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread
1 small loaf ciabatta bread (or french bread, baguette, etc.)
1/4 cup prepared pesto sauce (I used the Costco kind)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400. Slice bread in half horizontally, and spread each side with pesto sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!
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