Red Baron French Bread Pizza Copycat Recipe


Red Baron French bread pizza copycat recipe is the perfect recipe for quick snack while you watch the game or an easy weeknight supper that comes together quickly. This French bread pizza has a crispy outside and soft inside, while the stringy cheese is baked to a golden-brown perfection. It is delicious and can be made in a matter of about 10-12 minutes, including the baking time. People like pizza and in our family it’s a favorite food that has become somewhat of a staple.  

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Shopping List

1 loaf French Bread, about 10 inches long
olive oil
garlic cloves
pizza sauce
shredded mozzarella
parmesan cheese

Recipe Substitutes

Ingredients for your pizza can be customized and substituted according to ingredient availability or your taste preferences.  Here are some ideas for substitutes.

1. Pizza Sauce – You can substitute tomato paste and spice it up according to your personal preferences.  Some people like to add cheeses, and herbs such as oregano and basil to give a wonderful flavor.

Or, you might opt for already seasoned pasta sauce to use in place of your pizza sauce. If you want to save a trip to the store and don’t already have prepared pizza sauce in your pantry, this can be a good option as flavors and seasons can be similar in some brands.

2. Mozzarella Cheese – If you require a dairy free diet you might prefer to substitute a non-dairy cheese alternative to make your French bread pizza.

Or, if you eat dairy but you just don’t have mozzarella, most any cheese can fill in, in a pinch. Muenster cheese is a great solution, or you can even use a cheddar or Colby jack cheese as a good fill-in. The flavors will still be great!

3. Pepperoni – Pepperoni is traditionally the Red Baron French bread pizza topping when you buy the frozen pizzas in the freezer section at the grocery store. However, you don’t have to use pepperoni if you don’t have it or don’t care for it. Use your favorite pizza toppings or opt for an all-cheese pizza if that’s your preference. The great thing about making it yourself is that it can be customized with your favorite toppings.

4. French Bread – French bread can be traded out for most any kind of bread. Bagels, English muffins, garlic bread, naan bread, and even pita bread will work in place of French bread. If you choose a thinner bread such as pita bread or naan bread, you’ll want to reduce the cook time to accommodate so that you don’t burn your delicious pizza. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are some frequently asked questions as they relate to Red Baron French Bread Pizza recipe.

How Do I Store Red Baron French Bread Pizza?

Your copycat Red Baron French Bread Pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator before it is baked or after it is baked. You can also use a zipped food storage bag. It is best when eaten fresh out of the oven.

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Can I Freeze Red Baron French Bread Pizza?

Yes, you can freeze your copycat Red Baron French Bread Pizza. It is best if frozen before it is baked. Whenever possible, bake your French bread pizza right before it is served. It is most delicious when served fresh from the oven. Freeze in an airtight container or zipped storage bag for up to three months.

How Long Does Red Baron French Bread Pizza Last?

Your copycat pizza can last for up to three days in the refrigerator and up to three months in the freezer.

How To Reheat Red Baron French Bread Pizza?

French bread pizza is best when eaten fresh. If you need to reheat your pizza, you can do so in a 400F degree toaster oven, conventional oven or air fryer for best results, for just a few minutes. The microwave is also an option but be sure to use a minimal amount of time or it will become very hard.

Where to Buy Red Baron French Bread Pizza?

If you don’t want to take the time to make a copycat pizza, you might opt to pick one up at the store and simply pop it in the oven. Most all grocery stores carry Red Baron French Bread Pizzas in the freezer aisle.

How Long Do You Cook Red Baron French Bread Pizzas in the Air Fryer?

If you’re cooking a store-bought Red Baron pizza that’s frozen, you can cook them in about 7-10 minutes in a 400F degree air fryer. Let them cool for 2-3 minutes before serving.

If you’re cooking a copycat, unfrozen French bread pizza in the air fryer, start with about 5 minutes as the cook time and then add more time if needed.

How Long Do You Cook Red Baron French Bread Pizzas In the Oven?

If you’re cooking a frozen store-bought version in the oven, it will take about 10-15 minutes at 400F degrees.

If you’re cooking a copycat, unfrozen French bread pizza in the oven, start with about 7 minutes at 400F degrees for the cook time and then increase the amount of time if needed.

What Should I Do With Leftover Pizza Sauce?

Leftover pizza sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you know you’re not going to use it again right away, you can store it in a zipped freezer bag in the freezer for up to three months. Pizza sauce can also be combined with your pasta sauce if you’re having spaghetti or a red-based sauce later in the week.

French Bread Pizza (Copycat Red Baron)

We like this copycat recipe because it is quick and easy. Kids can make this recipe with minimal assistance depending on their ability. And it is delicious. French bread pizza is a great casual supper idea or delicious any time or late-night snack.

French Bread Pizza with Homemade French Bread

If you want to go all out with homemade French bread, rather than a store-bought deli loaf, my sister has the perfect tutorial here. Her bread tastes amazingly wonderful!

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Red Baron Pepperoni French Bread Pizza Singles

Traditionally, the Red Baron Pepperoni Pizza Singles made with French Bread come in a two pack, meaning that there are two pieces. You can find them in the grocery store freezer section.  Or better yet, you can make your own copycat singles.

Red Baron Supreme French Bread Pizza Singles

The Supreme version of Red Baron pizza singles comes with pepperoni, sausage and green pepper already loaded onto the pizza and ready to bake. You can replicate this with your copycat version if those toppings are a flavor combination that you like.

Red Baron French Bread Pizza Air Fryer

Air fryers tend to be the trend these days in quick and easy cooking with a healthier outcome than deep frying foods.  If you have an air fryer then cooking your French bread pizza in the air fryer is a must try. We think you’re going to love it.

How To Cook Red Baron French Bread Pizza In The Air Fryer

Heat your air fryer to 400F degrees and cook the pizza for 5 minutes. You’ll need to increase the cook time if your pizza is frozen.

Pizza Topping Ideas

The sky’s the limit when it comes to pizza toppings.  You can seriously use whatever you have on hand or whatever’s your favorite. When my daughter was in preschool, the class had a make your own pizza day and the teacher asked the students for ideas for their favorite pizza toppings.  My daughter requested sweet corn as her favorite topping. When I heard about this I wondered where her idea came from as we had never used that at home. But she thought it sounded good. And I was proud of her for her creative thinking.  Here are some ideas for your French bread pizza.

green peppers
jalapeno peppers
banana peppers
barbecue sauce
sweet corn 🙂

What To Serve With Red Baron French Bread Pizza

Salad is a natural side to serve with pizza. Here are some popular salads:
Ultimate Wendy’s Southwest Avocado Salad
Strawberry Fields Salad Culvers Copycat
Pioneer Woman Big Steak Salad

Soup is another good option for a side. Here are some good soups:
Amazing Rafferty’s Potato Soup Copycat
Tyler Florence French Onion Soup Recipe
Applebee’s Chicken Tortilla Soup Copycat

Is Red Baron French Bread Pizza Healthy?

This pizza is healthy-ish, depending on your dietary restrictions and the toppings added.

In most cases, it is healthier to make your own copycat Red Baron French Bread Pizza than it is to buy and consume the store-bought version. 

Red Baron French Bread Pizza Nutrition Facts


1 loaf French Bread, about 10 inches long
3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella
10 slices pepperoni
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 tsp oregano
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

2. Cut the French bread loaf in half lengthwise and then in half again widthwise. You will have 4 pieces.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Add pizza sauce. Mix well.

4. Spread the pizza sauce mixture on top of the cut side of each piece of French Bread.

5. Sprinkle with oregano and shredded mozzarella.

6. Add pepperoni and any other pizza toppings you like.

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a golden brown.

8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

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