Basil Focaccia


This is my mother-in-law's recipe. It's easy and delicious. You can make it with an olive oil topping or tomato sauce topping.

Basil Foccaccia
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (115 degrees F/46 degrees C)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil


  1. Whisk together 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add warm water and mix well. If dough is too sticky, mix in another 1/2 cup flour.

  2. Oil a bowl. Fill another, larger bowl halfway with hot water.

  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Form into a ball and place in the oiled bowl, turning to coat all sides with oil. Place the oiled bowl in the bowl of hot water. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Oil a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer dough to the prepared baking pan. Press and dimple with your fingers to even out the thickness and work it into the corners to fit. Brush lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle with garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, and finally basil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until deep golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into 8 squares.

Cook's Note:

Instead of brushing the dough with olive oil, you may also brush with diluted Italian tomato sauce (one 6 ounce can diluted with 2/3 can water). Use 1/2 of the diluted tomato sauce per loaf. Add garlic salt and parmesan cheese as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
4g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 94mg 2%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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