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Baked Cheese Bruschetta (easy!)

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The mouth-watering and versatile appetizer, baked cheese bruschetta, is sure to please and impress party guests. Make as a side or snack for Italian mains or pasta night!

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What is bruschetta?

Bruschetta is a starter (antipasto) dish with origins in 15th Century Italy. Served as a snack or appetizer, it typically involves ingredients such as tomatoes, meats, basil, and fresh mozzarella.

How do I pronounce bruschetta?

The correct pronunciation of bruschetta is broo·skeh·tuh.

Fun fact: According to The International Kitchen, Italy’s favorite appetizer is bruschetta!

cheese on bruschetta

What kind of cheese goes well with bruschetta?

For this recipe, we bake our bruschetta with a shredded Italian cheese blend.

You may omit the cheese altogether or opt for a fresh mozzarella.

bruschetta ingredients

How do I make baked cheese bruschetta?

For this recipe, we first dice onion and Roma tomatoes, combine with red wine vinegar and olive oil in a bowl and set aside.

French baguette with olive oil salt and pepper

We then slice a French baguette into 1/2 inch pieces and drizzle with olive oil on both sides.

making bruschetta with prosciutto and tomatoes French baguette slices

Next, add prosciutto slices, then layer with tomato-onion mix after stirring once more to combine ingredients thoroughly.

baked cheesy bruschetta

Top with Italian cheese blend and bake at 415°F for about 10-12 minutes.

What can I serve with bruschetta?

Bruschetta is a great stand-alone appetizer. Bruschetta is delicious served with a nice hefty salad or pasta, like fettuccine.

What are other types of bruschetta toppings?

Top bruschetta with any of the following:

  • olive spread
  • pesto
  • red onion jam
  • cherry tomatoes
  • bacon jam
  • fig spread
  • honey
  • pepperoni

And, don’t forget the toppings:

  • brie
  • mozzarella
  • parmesan
  • arugula
  • fig
  • roasted peppers
  • avocado

Check out Olivia’s Cuisine for tips on building your own bruschetta bar.

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Baked Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta made on a crisp baguette with red wine vinegar, prosciutto, onions and ripe roma tomatoes.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Amber


  • 3 roma tomatoes ripe
  • 1 yellow or white onion
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 French baguette hard and crusty on outside
  • 1 pkg prosciutto
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • tbsp Italian Seasoning


Tomato and Onion Prep

  • Dice onion and Roma tomatoes. Place into a sealed bowl with red wine vinegar, olive oil and Italian seasoning. Set aside.


  • Preheat oven to 415°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick spray/olive oil.
  • Slice baguette into ½ inch sections.
  • Brush on a layer of olive oil to both sides of baguette slices.
  • Place a section of prosciutto on top of each baguette.
  • Stir tomato/onion mixture once more. Place a tbsp of mixture on each prosciutto.
  • Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is forming a golden crust on top.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg

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