Crusty Garlic Herb Bread

10 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Proofing Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes

Crusty Garlic Herb Bread is an easy no-knead yeast bread recipe made with pantry staples, olive oil, and fresh rosemary, thyme, and garlic.

A slice of warm, freshly baked Homemade Bread makes the perfect Side Dish to comforting dishes like Soups and Stews, Pasta Dishes and hearty Pot Roast. This delicious recipe is a rustic bread recipe similar to our Crusty French Bread Rolls but with lots of fresh garlic and herb flavor!

Sabrina’s Crusty Garlic Herb Bread Recipe

You won’t believe how easy it is to make fresh baked bread at home! There’s just a little bit of hands-on time to mix the bread dough but there’s no kneading and you can mix it by a hand. The total time to make delicious fresh bread is about 3 hours but most of that time is waiting for the dough rise.

This easy bread recipe starts with a standard yeast, warm water and sugar mixture. Next you need regular flour, although if you have bread flour that will work too, and some olive oil. What really makes it special is the combination of fresh herbs and lots of fresh chopped garlic. Adding the garlic and herbs right to the dough makes it the most flavorful, amazing garlic bread ever!


  • Yeast Mixture: To make the Crusty Garlic Herb Bread dough rise, you need a mixture of yeast and water. We used 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast. Mix the yeast with warm water (110-115 degrees) to help reactivate it.
  • Flour: The recipe will turn out slightly more fluffy and chewy if you use bread flour. However, regular all-purpose flour will also work fine. Bread flour has a higher protein content which is what creates the gluten and gives the texture in baked goods like bread.
  • Olive Oil: Add 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil into the bread dough. The oil helps combine the dough and adds a lighter flavor than butter would. Also, unlike butter, oil doesn’t get solid at room temperature so the bread stays soft and tender for longer.
  • Garlic: The 4 cloves of fresh minced garlic gives this amazing homemade bread plenty of pungent, delicious garlic flavor. You could switch it up a bit and use half roasted garlic and half fresh garlic for layers of garlicky goodness.
  • Herbs: What really sets this garlic bread apart is that the fresh herbs are baked right into the dough instead of being added as a topping. We used fresh thyme and rosemary, but feel free to use your favorite herbs like chives, parsley, or oregano. Instead of an Italian flavor, try herbs like dill or cilantro.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Baking Dish: You’ll need a larger baking pan that is big enough for the bread to grow in size while still leaving room around the sides. A ceramic 9×13 baking dish is a good choice because the ceramic holds the heat evenly to keep it from burning and it’s a perfect size.
  • Mixing Bowl: One of the only other kitchen tools you need for this bread recipe is a large mixing bowl! It is mixed with a dough whisk, large spoon or even by hand. If you wanted to, you could use a stand mixer and dough hook for an extra chewy yet light bread.

How to Make

Time needed: 2 hours and 50 minutes.

  1. Activate the Yeast

    Start by adding the yeast and warm water to a large mixing bowl. Stir them well and rest for 5 minutes to activate before adding the other dough ingredients.Crusty Garlic Herb Bread dough ingredients in bowl before mixing

  2. Make the Dough

    Add the flour, sugar, garlic, rosemary and thyme, olive oil, and kosher salt to the yeast mixture. Stir until the mixture forms into a shaggy dough that isn’t overly sticky. If it’s too sticky, add flour a tablespoon at a time.Crusty Garlic Herb Bread dough in bowl

  3. Proof the Dough

    Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Gently shape the dough into a large round ball and place in the greased dish. Cover with a cotton towel, and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. After the hour, punch down the dough. Reshape the dough, cover it again and let it rise for an additional hour.Crusty Garlic Herb Bread dough after proofing, shaped as round in baking dish

  4. Prep for Baking

    Move one oven rack to the lowest place and the other to the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add a pan of water to the bottom rack.

  5. Bake the Bread

    Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour, and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue the cook time for another 20 minutes. Take the bread out once it’s baked through with a golden brown, crispy crust.Crusty Garlic Herb Bread baked bread in baking dish

  6. Cool and Serve

    After taking bread from oven, allow the bread to rest and cool just slightly, less than 10 minutes, before slicing. Slice with a serrated knife and serving the bread while it’s warm.Crusty Garlic Herb Bread baked and sliced on cutting board with herbs, olive oil and seasonings in dipping cups

Can bread dough be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dough up to the first rising time then let it chill, covered, in the fridge overnight. When you are ready to bake it, bring it to room temperature for 20 minutes then bake as usual.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Crusty Garlic Herb Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.4g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 19IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips for making Garlic Herb Bread

  • Cool before Cutting

Leave the Crusty Garlic Herb Bread out to cool for a few minutes before you slice it. If you try to cut it too soon, the inside won’t be firm enough and it will deflate. Aim for about 8-10 minutes, trust us it will still be plenty hot inside even after you wait.

  • Properly Activate the Yeast

It’s very important to activate the yeast in this recipe since there aren’t other leavening ingredients to help it rise and you aren’t kneading the dough. Make sure the water temperature is no more than 115 degrees and is just slighty more than lukewarm to the touch. If your water is too hot, it will kill the yeast and the bread won’t rise.

What to Pair With Garlic Herb Bread

Fresh baked bread is a delicious addition to any dinner table. The garlic and herb flavors are inspired by Italian cuisine, so it’s perfect for serving with Italian dinners. The next time you make our Millian Dollar Spaghetti, or Ultimate Meat Lasagna, be sure to have this crusty garlic bread to round out the meal.

How to Store

Store:  To keep the loaf of bread fresh, you can wrap the loaf in foil or put it in a ziplock bag to keep it at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Freeze: To keep the bread for a longer period of time, wrap it in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil to freeze for up to 3 months.

How to Serve Crusty Garlic Herb Bread

Appetizer: Bake the Thyme and Rosemary Garlic Bread as usual. While the bread is baking whisk together ½ cup softened unsalted butter, 3 cloves minced garlic, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and 2 tablespoons minced parsley. When the loaf has time to cool, slice it lengthwise. Brush the butter mixture over the cut-side of the bread halves, then toast in the oven. Cut the toasted garlic bread into serving-sized pieces and serve with warm Marinara Sauce for dipping.

Bread Bowls: After the dough rises, divide the ball into 2 even pieces and roll those pieces into individual balls. Bake for 10 minutes, lower the temperature then bake another 10-15 minutes. Let the bread bowls cool down for at least 20 minutes. Cut off a small section at the top for a lid, and scoop out some of the inside bread. Ladle soup into the bowl and serve with the extra bread on the side.

Frequent Questions

Do I have to use a stand mixer?

Crusty Garlic and Herb Bread is super easy to make and you don’t need a stand mixer or any other equipment. Just combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then let them rise without any kneading.

How long does this bread take to rise?

This crusty bread recipe needs two rising times. Both of them are one hour long. It’s a fairly short rising time, but it’s essential to give the dough that entire two hours to rise and develop its flavor.

Recipe Card

Crusty Garlic Herb Bread

Crusty Garlic Herb Bread is an easy no-knead yeast bread recipe made with pantry staples, olive oil, and fresh rosemary, thyme, and garlic.
Yield 10 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water , 110-115 degrees
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme , minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary , minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • In a large mixing bowl add the yeast and warm water, stirring well. Let sit for 5 minutes, until foamy.
  • Add in the flour, sugar, garlic, thyme, rosemary, olive oil and salt, stirring well until shaggy and combined.
  • Grease an 9×13 baking pan and add in the dough.
  • Cover, let rise in warm place for 1 hour.
  • Punch down the dough, then reshape into a ball and cover again.
  • Let rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Add a pan of water to the bottom rack.
  • Sprinkle the top with flour, bake for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg
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Cheesy Bread: To make this recipe into delicious cheesy bread, all you have to do is mix shredded cheese into the dough. To stick to Italian flavors, use some mozzarella cheese or asiago cheese. Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread would also taste good with cheddar, pepper jack, or Monterey jack cheese mixed in.

Butter Herb Topping: To garnish the Crusty Garlic Herb Bread, brush the top with melted butter while the loaf is still warm. Sprinkle coarse salt, Parmesan, and fresh Italian herbs like parsley or oregano then serve as usual.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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