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This Italian herb quick bread comes together in a snap with only one bowl, one spoon, and no kneading required. It’s fast, easy, and super delicious!

A vertical photo collage of Italian herb quick break with Parmesan cheese and butter along with a title text overlay graphic

Did you know you can have this fresh, hot, homemade no-yeast bread on the dinner table in under an hour, and with only about 5 minutes of that time spent mixing the batter?

This savory Italian quick bread recipe is seriously delicious. It will be a sure-fire hit with your family and friends!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Italian Herb Quick Bread is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How to make your own buttermilk alternative:

Please don’t fret if you don’t have any buttermilk already at home.

Did you know you can easily make your own buttermilk by combining milk and either vinegar or lemon juice?

Yep. True story.

I do it all the time because let’s face it, who regularly keeps buttermilk on hand in their fridge?

And, if it’s so easy to make your own at home, why wouldn’t you?!!

Check out my Homemade Buttermilk Alternative post and you may never buy buttermilk again!

Slice of Herb Parmesan Savory Quick Bread with melted butter and a serrated knife.

This is one savory Italian quick bread recipe you’re going to want to keep on hand and make all the time!

Tailor this savory quick bread recipe to make it your own!

Once you’ve made this Parmesan Herb Savory Quick Bread a few times and see how super simple it is, you’ll be able to make it in your sleep!

Once you feel comfortable enough with this version, why not change things up a little with the ingredients just for fun?

Add some different dried herbs. Maybe rosemary and/or thyme.

What about changing up the cheese?

Use something semi-hard, otherwise, the consistency of the bread might become too soft with the extra moisture. Try an aged Gruyere, Gouda or Provolone. 

And what about adding some sunflower seeds or pine nuts to the batter, and then sprinkle them over the top of the bread before baking?

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

A tip for switching out the cheese:

The only thing I would suggest to you if you’re playing around with different cheeses is to taste them before adding them to the batter.

Some hard cheeses have a rather salty taste (in my opinion) so you may want to adjust the addition of salt in the recipe or cut back on the amount of cheese you ultimately use, depending on its flavor.

How to make Italian Herb Quick Bread:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the buttermilk (OR milk and apple cider vinegar or lemon juice).
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, basil, oregano, dehydrated onion, and most of the Parmesan cheese.
Tutorial for making Herb Parmesan Savory Quick Bread
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together and add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir well until the mixture comes together into a thick, wet, lumpy, paste-like consistency. 
Tutorial for making Herb Parmesan Savory Quick Bread
  • Spoon the bread batter into a loaf pan that has been liberally sprayed with cooking spray.
  • *Important tip – liberally coat a spatula with olive oil to keep the wet batter from sticking to the spatula for when you smooth the batter into the loaf pan.
Tutorial for making Herb Parmesan Savory Quick Bread
  • Using the oiled spatula, spread the batter evenly in the loaf pan.
  • Top the batter with additional Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake the bread in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 60 minutes, or until the bread is golden in color and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Tutorial for making Herb Parmesan Savory Quick Bread
  • Once the bread is fully baked, turn the loaf out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Enjoy!
Tutorial for making Herb Parmesan Savory Quick Bread

Can this savory quick bread be toasted?

You bet!! It’s delicious toasted and for sandwiches!

Can this bread be frozen?


Wrap it well in a few layers of plastic wrap and it can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Additional quick bread recipes:

“When you want homemade bread, but you don’t have the time or patience to wait for the yeast to work its magic, this homemade soda bread with fresh herbs is just the loaf you’ll want to make!”

homamade soda bread with fresh herbs long vertical title image

Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread with Pecans comes together quickly, and it’s chock full of creamy, chewy and crunchy ingredients.

Quick bread with chocolate and cranberries

“With no yeast involved, this Cheesy Jalapeno Quick Bread comes together in a snap and packs a punch of undeniable Southwestern flavor.”

  • Savory Italian Herb Quick Bread (pictured below) This is the place!!

A vertical title text closeup image of a loaf of Italian herb quick bread topped with Parmesan cheese and slathered with melted butter.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s No Yeast Italian Herb Quick Bread.

Herb Parmesan Quick Bread Recipe

Italian Herb Parmesan Quick Bread

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Italian Herb Parmesan Quick Bread comes together in a snap with only one bowl, one spoon, and no kneading required. Make some today!
4.16 from 39 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Quick Bread
Cuisine bread
Servings 16 slices
Calories 125 kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated onion
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese plus 1 tablespoon for topping
  • 2 cups milk OR buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar OMIT IF USING BUTTERMILK


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • To make the buttermilk add the milk and vinegar to a medium size bowl and stir.
  • If using store bought buttermilk, omit the above step.
  • Place all of the dry ingredients (except for the cheese to top the bread) into a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pour in the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it’s a thick, lumpy and pasty consistency.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into a loaf pan that has been liberally sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Top the batter with the remaining Parmesan cheese and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 60 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
  • Allow the loaf to cool for 5 minutes and then turn the loaf out onto a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.



Tools and equipment:
1 medium bowl, 1 large bowl, whisk, wooden spoon, 1 loaf pan, cooking spray, 
spatula coated with olive oil to prevent sticking


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 344mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
Keyword Italian herb and cheese bread, Italian Quick Bread, savory quick bread recipe,
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Closeup shot of Savory Parmesan Quick Bread with melted butter and a jar of jam.

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Recipe Rating


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Can I substitute sourcream for buttermilk?


Monday 24th of January 2022

Hi, Rose! I would think that you can add sour cream and maybe a touch of milk in place of the buttermilk. You're looking for more of a liquid consistency to bring the ingredients together. I don't know if the sour cream alone would do that as I've never tried it. However, the sour cream would add the tang and tenderness as the buttermilk does. I don't know if this answer helps, but I hope that it does. Take good care, Renee

Emily Hutchinson

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

I just tried making your bread and seems with any bread I make I end up with hard crust and suggestions


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Emily, do you know if your oven runs too hot? Do you have an internal shelf thermometer inside for accuracy? Just wondering. -Renee


Thursday 6th of May 2021

No oil or eggs?


Thursday 6th of May 2021

Correct. The buttermilk adds the moisture needed. You may want to add a pinch more salt than the recipe calls for, but it's not necessary if you're watching your sodium intake. This is a slightly crumbly bread, but it still has a nice texture. Please let me know what you think, Elaine. Thanks and take good care, Renee


Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Hi, how long does it keep at room temperature/ in the fridge? Does it freeze well


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Hi, Hailey! Sorry I didn't answer those in the post. I'll have to fix that ASAP. It will keep (well wrapped) at room temperature for 4-5 days. It will keep (well wrapped) in the fridge for 5-7 days, possibly longer. It freezes like a dream if you, guess what? Wrap it well! LOL I hope you have a wonderful day, Renee


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Hi I can't have cheese. If I omit the parmesan cheese, do I need to substitute anything else in it's place? Thank you


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Hi, Coreen! That is a very good question! To be honest, I'm pretty certain the texture of the bread won't change without the Parmesan. The flavor will be slightly altered, however. To compensate, you may want to add little extra basil, oregano, garlic powder, and increase the salt just a bit, but it's certainly not necessary. That said, I did a little research on a dairy-free Parmesan substitution (if it's the dairy that's a concern). Here's the link to the recipe for your consideration... I don't know if this is something you'd be willing to try, but it's an option. I do hope you'll let me know how you enjoy the bread without the Parmesan. I'm sure it will still be delicious! Take good care, Renee