If you’re planning on making pasta, make sure you have butter, Parmesan cheese, and garlic to make this simple garlic bread spread (don’t forget the sourdough bread too).

Simple Garlic Bread Spread Recipe with only 3-ingredients

Today, I’m going to keep it short and simple. I make this simple garlic bread spread almost EVERY TIME I make pasta. If I don’t, my kids make a sigh of disappoint or tell me the meal is just now the same without it. Funny, but true.

Simple Garlic Bread Spread

simple garlic bread spread in bowl

The great thing about this simple garlic bread spread is that it only takes 3-ingredients: garlic, unsalted butter, and grated Parmesan cheese. It’s simple and I think most of us have these ingredients in our pantry. The only thing you may have to buy is the sourdough bread, but if you don’t have it spread this on regular bread to make a bit more special.

Now, something to note. I’ve tried to changing up the recipe and make ‘fancying’ it up, but I always come back to just the base three ingredients: garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Of course, you can always add herbs and spices, but you NEED these three basic ingredients as your base.

Simple garlic bread spread on sourdough

After mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, spread onto sourdough bread.

closeup of simple garlic bread slices

Broil until the spread turns a golden brown and serve. Super easy and tasty!

closeup of simple garlic bread slices

Simple Garlic Bread Spread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

How to make a delicious garlic bread spread with only 3-ingredients. 


  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 T. fresh chopped garlic, can substitute with bottled chopped garlic
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


Mix everything together and spread onto sour dough slices. Place buttered side up under the broiler and broil until slightly browned. Remove and repeat until all the spread or bread slices are cooked. Serve with your favorite pasta dish. 


  • I use bottle grated Parmesan cheese for this recipe.
  • For variety, add 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning to the spread or add different cheeses. My daughter does both for some variety.

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  1. I love garlic bread, it’s dangerous for me as I could easily eat the whole thing. Thanks for sharing your craft at Sweet and Savoury Sundays, we’d love you to stop by again this weekend!