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Olive Oil and Parmesan Bread

Olive Oil and Parmesan Bread

If you love the bread that is served before your meals at restaurants and want to make that at home, then this is the bread recipe for you! This olive oil and Parmesan bread is so easy to make and uses already baked store bought boule (a round bread). I suppose it is not really a reipe as much as a great trick to make something that is already baked even better.

By purchasing the bread already baked, putting this together was a breeze.  The addition of olive oil, a little butter, oregano and Parmesan make this bread so delicious.  The inside stays nice and soft and the outside is like eating a yummy Parmesan crusty bread.  Be careful trying this because it is addictive!

This bread is great served with pasta, grilled meat or even on it’s own as an appetizer. I love serving it for pasta nights in our house to make it feel like a classic Italian American restaurant experience. My favorite meal to serve this with is my Italian meatballs. I often skip the pasta and just serve this bread with the meatballs and sauce and use the bread to dip into the marinara. It is so good! Honestly, there really is no wrong way to serve this bread.

I hope you give it a try and love it as much as we do!

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Olive Oil and Parmesan Restaurant Style Bread

An easy way to jazz up store bought boule to taste like it came from a restaurant
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6


  • 1 loaf of boule the roundish mound shaped bread – you can find this in your bakery section of your grocery store
  • 1/8 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • With a serrated knife, score your boule in a checkered pattern (vertically and horizontally) like in the picture. Make sure your cut the bread almost all the way down to the bottom, stopping before you get the bottom crust.
  • Now, melt your butter in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds.
  • When melted, add your olive oil to the butter.
  • Now mix in your oregano and salt.
  • With a pastry brush, brush on your olive oil mixture all over the bread even down the sides. Make sure to get all of the cut cracks as well.
  • Now, sprinkle 1/2 of your Parmesan cheese all over the top of the bread.
  • Next, take the other 1/2 of your cheese and sprinkle it along the cut areas of your bread.
  • Now go ahead with your hands and pat the Parmesan cheese into the cracks and press it firmly on your olive oil mixture on the top.
  • Bake your bread for about 10-15 minutes until all of the cheese has melted on the top.

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