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!
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.
The ingredient list:
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- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- dried basil
- dried oregano
- garlic powder
- dehydrated onion
- Parmesan Cheese
- Buttermilk or buttermilk alternative (milk and apple cider vinegar)
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- Large Bowl
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Loaf Pan
- Cheese grater (optional)
- Cooking Spray
- Cooling Rack
- Serrated Knife
- Bread Board
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Additional quick bread recipes:
- Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
"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!"
- Corn Bread with Sundried Tomatoes and Cheese from Food Pleasure, and Health
- Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread with Pecans comes together quickly, and it’s chock full of creamy, chewy and crunchy ingredients.
- Orange Marmalade Toasting Bread from Soup Addict
- Monterey Jack and Jalapeno Quick Bread (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
"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!!
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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.
Italian Herb Parmesan Quick Bread
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons dehydrated onion
- ¼ 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.
spatula coated with olive oil to prevent sticking
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed this easy recipe for Italian Herb Quick Bread as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you.
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Can I substitute sourcream for buttermilk?
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,
Emily Hutchinson says
I just tried making your bread and seems with any bread I make I end up with hard crust and suggestions
Emily, do you know if your oven runs too hot?
Do you have an internal shelf thermometer inside for accuracy?
No oil or eggs?
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,
Hi, how long does it keep at room temperature/ in the fridge? Does it freeze well
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,
I can't have cheese. If I omit the parmesan cheese, do I need to substitute anything else in it's place?
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...https://skinnyms.com/how-to-make-dairy-free-parmesan-cheese/
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,
Started this recipe around 3:00 and was eating warm bread before 5:00! Delicious, quick and easy.
Awesome!! Thanks for letting me know, Scotty! Enjoy!!
Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! Hot bread with butter on it...YUM!
This was so much easier than regular bread and my daughter enjoyed it.
Turned out good but tasted just like croutons. I think next time I might nix the basil or the onion? I don't know. Good recipe to work with though and it was super easy to make
Hi, Nicole. I'm glad you found the bones of the recipe to your liking.
That's what I love most about cooking, you can tailor any recipe to your liking.
Enjoy, and thanks for the comment!
Tara Richard says
Making this right now!! I changed it up a bit for what I have on hand. Instead of parmesan, I'm using sharp cheddar chunks mixed in and instead of oregano, I've got fresh rosemary and basil!
I'm sure it will be amazing! I love how you're making the recipe your own! THAT makes me :)!! WTG, Tara!
I made one alteration by substituting spelt flour for the all purpose flour. I decreased the amount by 1/4 cup. Turned out delicious! So good and easy!
This is my favorite type of comment! So glad you made this recipe your own by making a few changes.
I'm so happy it worked for you. Thanks for letting me know!
Such a wonderful combination of flavors!
Cookin Canuck says
I'll bet this would be wonderful dipped into a great marinara sauce. Love this idea!
Ooooh. What a wonderful idea! It really would!
The Daring Gourmet says
That looks soooo good and I especially love how quick it is to make!
Katerina @ Diethood says
The comfort of homemade bread... love it!! I could inhale that entire loaf in one sitting.
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
This looks fab! I've got it on my list to make a loaf (or two!) next week!
Delaney | Melanie Makes says
I would love to have a piece of this bread right now!
Des @ Life's Ambrosia says
I am loving the parmesan on top of this bread!