Spicy Pepperoni French Bread Pizza

When it comes to pizza, my boys are pepperoni lovers. Hands down. I can’t lie, it is one of my favorites too. There is just something about a slice of pepperoni pizza. That being said, when I have the control to make a pizza with only myself in mind, I like to add other stuff to my pepperoni pizza. And this Spicy Pepperoni French Bread Pizza is exactly what I mean.

We haven’t been having pizza Fridays lately. Boo, I know. Mostly because it has been so hot and I have not wanted to turn on the oven. But last week, I got the craving again and it was cool so I decided it was time. However, I did not have time to make pizza dough, instead I decided to turn pizza night into french bread pizza night.  It’s one of my favorite kitchen short cuts.

One of the best things about french bread pizza is the fact that you can easily make two kinds of pizza. Which, when dealing with little ones who freak if there is a speck of anything other than pepperoni on their pizza and parents who want a little more than pepperoni on theirs, is an awesome thing.

For me “a little more than pepperoni” means a few things: sliced black olives, fresh chopped garlic, creamy crumbled goat cheese and, for a little kick, some sliced jalapeños. It is one of my favorite combos of pizza, ever and although I usually enjoy it on traditional pizza crust, it is pretty darn delicious on french bread too.

This recipe makes two of the same halves but, if you like something a little less spicy leave the jalapeños off one half.

And if you want something a little more rustic check out my Roasted Veggie and Sausage French Bread Pizza.

Happy Pizza Friday!


Spicy Pepperoni French Bread Pizza Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf french bread halved, lengthwise
  • pizza sauce (recipe below)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1 (2.25) ounce can sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic (3 cloves minced, 1 left whole)
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced

Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Make sauce by whisking together all ingredients in a small pot and cooking over medium heat until warmed through.


Bake bread in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Rub bread with whole clove garlic.


Spoon sauce over the top. Divide mozzarella, pepperoni, olives, goat cheese, garlic and jalapeños evenly among the french bread halves. Bake in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted. Remove from oven, allow to cool several minutes, slice and serve.



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    Justine@Cooking and Beer
    September 5, 2015 at 9:48 am

    French bread pizzas are my favorite! Love all the spiciness going on in this one! Pinned!

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    Healing Tomato
    September 5, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Pizza and french bread make a great combination. I love the flavors and the cheesy goodness.

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    September 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like the perfect weeknight meal or game day food to me! French bread pizza is the BEST!

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    From Valerie's Kitchen
    September 4, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    We love doing French Bread pizza for a quick dinner. I’ve never had a pepperoni/goat cheese combination. Why??? Must try!

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    Chrisy Toombs
    September 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    My guy is CRAZY about pizza boats – he’s always buying the frozen type, so I just know he’s going to love a fresh, homemade version!

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    Emily | Rainbowdelicious.com
    September 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Pizza on french bread? Great combo and reminds me a little of Boudin’s pizza in San Francisco.

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    Derek @DadWithAPan
    September 4, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I love pizza this way! reminds me of when I was a kid!

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    Back For Seconds
    September 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I want this for dinner! Looks so yummy!

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    Heather @FrenchPress
    September 4, 2015 at 8:36 am

    we’ve been skipping pizza friday too – I am NOT a fan of summer :) but LOVE this french bread pizza idea – I need to do this more often

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    September 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This looks fantastic and so easy to make!

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    September 4, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Fridays are our pizza day of the week too! Gotta love an easy fix when it’s too hot to bake!!!

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    September 4, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Who doesn’t love a good Pizza bread? This looks amazing!

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    Amy Stafford
    September 4, 2015 at 6:24 am

    This is how I use to make pizza when I was in college. So simple and delicious!

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    Lady Gourmet
    September 4, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Dear Des, this looks absolutely delicious and so simple. My family will love it. xo, Catherine

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    marye audet
    September 4, 2015 at 4:55 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and really easy!

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    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
    September 4, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I have one boy that loves pepperoni and one that hates it, haha! This pizza looks like everyone could customize their own – great idea!