The Washington Post

DePino Garlic Bread

DePino Garlic Bread 8.000

Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post; food styling by Bonnie S. Benwick/The Washington Post

Jun 29, 2018

Simple to assemble, this makes the house smell wonderful on a Sunday afternoon, especially when the promise of red sauce and meatballs is on hand. This version has prominent garlic flavor and goes light on the cheese.

To read the accompanying story, see: My grandmother’s Sunday dinners were magical. Could I re-create them for my own family?.

Make Ahead: The bread can be assembled and wrapped in foil a day in advance; let it come to room temperature while the oven preheats.

8 - 10

When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 8-10 servings

  • 1 large fresh Italian loaf, preferably with sesame seeds (10 ounces total)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 cloves garlic, run through a garlic press
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese

Related Recipes


Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Use a serrated knife to make a horizontal cut through the bread, place both halves cut sides up on the baking sheet.

Spread the butter on the cut sides, then evenly distribute the garlic and cheese between them. Bake (top rack) for 5 to 8 minutes, or until browned and crisped on the edges.

Keep warm until ready to serve.

Rate it

Recipe Source

From Los Angeles writer Lauren DePino.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

Email questions to the Food Section.

Email questions to the Food Section at

Avg. Rating (3)

Rate this recipe

Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 10): 150

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 25mg 8%

Sodium: 230mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

Most Read Lifestyle