Stuffed French Bread

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This Stuffed French Bread is the ultimate dinner your family will love. It’s absolutely delicious and ready in only 30 minutes! 

Stuffed french bread is full of a cheesy and flavorful ground beef mixture stuffed inside French Bread.

It was a little difficult to take a good picture of this Stuffed French Bread, but I HAD to share the recipe. It was so delicious! A cheesy and flavorful ground beef mixture piled inside French Bread. Holy moly, so good! It’s even better if you use my homemade recipe.

Another reason I love this comforting stuffed bread so much is because it’s one of those easy 30-minute meals. Perfect for those tired, stressful, I-don’t-feel-like-cooking nights. πŸ™‚ The meat mixture requires a skillet prep of around 15 minutes, then you pop it in the oven for another 15. After that you’re on your way to a crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside, delish French bread sandwich!

Stuffed french bread is full of a cheesy and flavorful ground beef mixture stuffed inside French Bread.
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Stuffed French Bread

French bread stuffed with a cheesy and flavorful hamburger mixture. Slice into pieces and serve like sandwiches!
Servings 6
Author Life in the


  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (10 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped parsley optional


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Slice the french bread in half, lengthwise, so you have two equal pieces. Scoop out the bread in the center of each piece. Place bread in a large bowl and tear into small chunks. Set the two halves of french bread onto a large baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. Add the celery and garlic to skillet. Cook a few minutes until celery is tender. Next, add soup, milk and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook mixture until heated; another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add the beef mixture to the bread in the large bowl. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into the center of one half of the french bread. Spread out evenly. Top the mixture with the shredded cheese. Top with the other half of bread.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!



Stuffed french bread is full of a cheesy and flavorful ground beef mixture stuffed inside French Bread.
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  1. Could you make up the beef mixture ahead of time? Say maybe a night or two before and just refrigerate it until ready to use, then just heat it up before putting into the bread and oven? You know, just for a quick easy dinner on those dreadful where you have worked all day and have to rush the kids here and there and really don’t have much time for anything unless it is already purchased from the frozen food section. You know…..THOSE nights. I know we all have them, I can’t be the only one! πŸ˜‰

    1. Rene, yes, you could definitely make the meat mixture ahead of time! I would just heat it up in the microwave before you put it into the French loaves, then pop it in the oven for the final heating. Hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

      1. Just a quick tip. I always throw my cream of mushroom in the blender πŸ˜‰
        I feel like the cream of mushroom itself does not have a lot of mushroom flavor (I’m not even a mushroom fan either).

    2. OK. Hands down delicious. My son is extremely picky and he came back for seconds! My friend’s mother used to make this when we were kids and always so good. I made her version with pretty much same stuff except using tomato soup. Fab! I also made your version with turkey instead of beef because I had some leftover. Both kinds were a winner. Thanks for putting this out there for the world to share. One great comfort food dinner that’s easy and cheesy.

      1. This reminds me of something my mom used to make. She did it open faced. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks.

  2. Seems like this would be good one to make ahead and put extras in the freezer for quick meals later in the month. I just changed my menu plan so I could add this; thanks!

  3. I bet this would be a GREAT way to use up leftover spaghetti sauce with meatballs! You could mash the meatballs, stir with sauce, top with mozzarella….yum!!

    1. I can my own Italian hamburger meat, Mexican meat,and spaghetti sauce with meat. All three sound like they would work with no prep at all. Just open my jars and pour it in and heat it! Another wonderful idea for uses for my Mexican and Italian hamburger. YES!!!!!!

  4. Made this last night and it was delicious! Both my kids didn’t they would like it and they loved it!

    1. That’s what I was going to ask. I don’t like Cream of Mushroom soup. Sour Cream plus fresh mushrooms sounds much better to me! Looks so good!

  5. Oh wow i am in Australia so i will be able to make the recipe cause it everything we have and i am in love with the sound of it. Nice easy dinner. Going to have to look at more of your recipies

  6. Never mind! It finally loaded after I sent the above (about 30+ minutes later). It looks yummy!! Cant wait to try it!!

  7. What would you recommend as some sides for these sandwiches to make a full meal out of it?


  8. We don’t use cream of mushroom soup at our house because of allergies….any suggestions as to an alternative?

    1. My mom is allergic to mushrooms…she would always substitute a can of cream of celery soup for any recipes that called for mushroom πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah Connie, I think you could do the final heating with the french bread in the microwave. You would probably have to cut it in half, and do each piece at a time. Also, the bread won’t get that crisp being heated in the microwave, but it will still taste as good πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  9. I discovered this thru a link on Pinterest about 2 weeks ago and tonight is our 3rd time making it……..My family LOVES it……Thanks Holly!!!

  10. A good canned soup alternative would be homemade white sauce. Or make the white sauce but sub some or all of the milk with beef broth.

  11. My husband was a little unsure when I showed him this recipe but after trying it he LOVED it. We used a little extra cheese and put some on the top and bottom. Very good!

  12. I’m going to try it but leave it open faced and eat it like that! I can tell it’s gonna be new ideas, thanks πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Holly, Can’t wait to try this – sounds yummy! But I wanted to share the version I make which is hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers and BBQ sauce. Line the bread with American cheese (both sides) add the hamburger mixture put the top on, wrap in foil, bake and serve! My daughter doesn’t like BBQ sauce so I hope she likes your version!!!

  14. Great family recipe! My Mom used to make ground hamburger mixed with mushroom soup and she called it “sludge”. Isn’t that a terrible name? She’s ill right now and I made this recipe for her tonight and she ate every last bite which is a great compliment.
    To the poster from Texas, you could also heat this on a barbeque…ignite one side and put the loaf on the other
    for the 10-15 minutes. It would be a shame to lose that crustiness by microwaving it.

  15. You can also use any crusty roll you would like in place of the french bread – that way you don’t have to cut it into pieces after you heat it. I also mix 1/2 to 3/4 of the cheese right into the meat mixture – makes it extra “gooey”. My family has been making this for years. I loved it as a child and now my kids love it too. Round it out with a salad and it is a simple, complete meal everyone will love.

  16. This looks great, however, I’m not a ground beef fan. I was thinking of crock potting a chuck roast, using all of the ingredients (and golden mushroom soup) – then shredding it and making the recipe as called for … πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Michelle, my daughter isn’t a fan of ground beef. I’ve made this several times with slow cooker chuck roast….it’s delicious!!

  17. My bread came out too hard to eat after 10 mins. On the top and bottom, not sure what happened..anyone else have this problem?

    1. French bread is supposed to be crusty, but I know what you are saying Jenn. I think next time we would wrap it in tinfoil before baking to keep it from getting so hard and crumbly. Maybe even use the same mixture in soft Hoagie buns and wrap in foil when baking too. It was a bit too hard and a bit messy for us, but other than that, we really liked it!

  18. This was a great recipe!!!! We have extra hamburger from our neighbors and I was looking for awesome ground beef recipes. I tweaked the recipe slightly by using a mixture of smoked gouda and sharp cheddar and adding to both sides of the bread. The two cheeses gave an awesome flavor! I also crusted my bread in the oven a little before adding the mixture and cheese and then just did 7 minutes on a lower temp to melt the cheese. Thanks for the yumminess:)

  19. This recipe was so easy to prepare, I hope it tastes as good as it looks. I opened up a can of chicken noodle soup by mistake so we are also having that.

  20. We made these tonight and absolutely loved them. They kind of reminded us of cheese steaks. We doubled the recipe and didn’t have celery, so we used one can of cream of celery soup and one can of cream of mushroom. They were delicious!

    1. Ruth, my daughter is allergic to beef and pork, so we just use ground chicken in place of recipes that call for ground beef or sausage. I haven’t found a recipe that it doesn’t work for yet. I would suggest reducing the amount of celery in the recipe if making it with ground chicken, because the chicken is milder in flavor than beef.

  21. I usually don’t comment on blogs but I am eating this right now and it is amazing!! Thanks for the quick and delicious recipe!

  22. I used to make this about 10 years ago and somehow lost the recipe. Now I have found it. I would like to that I used to wrap it in foil to ensure everything was heated thru and cheese melted while the bread was not too crusty. It just seemed heartier that way.

  23. This was soo yummy! I was tired of cooking the same things and tied this and it turned out perfect! I loved the can of mushroom soup πŸ™‚

  24. So excited to try this later on in the week. I’m using a combo of ground turkey and ground chicken…also adding a bit of yellow and red pepper!

  25. This is something I grew up with in the 40’s. Except ours was meatloaf filling. Mom called it “Meatloaf in a Loaf”. She would use the bread from hollowing out the french bread for making the meatloaf. Love it! Still serve it to company!

  26. What’s for dinner in my house is the million dollar question of the day., im not a very good so I opt for things that are easy to fix, and that are fast to fix, it doesn’t help my husband dosent like American food ” he is from Ghana, he is half African and half Filipino” and my 6 yr old is also a picky eater. Anyway I made thing stuffed french bread thing. I loved it. My 6 yr old. Well had I chopped the celery a little finer I wouldn’t had to negotiate dessert. The whole if u don’t eat your dinner then… lol. I’ll let you know what my husband thinks. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe

  27. Do you prepare the cream of mushroom soup as the can says with a can of water, or do you just use the soup undiluted?

  28. I made this last night, and OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was SO delicious! I added in a little bit of seasoning to the ground beef [dried parsnips, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, basil (and some Old Bay, of course)]. Next time I might switch out the celery for green peppers.
    Other than that, I wouldn’t change a single thing. This is definitely a keeper!

  29. Was at the store not sure what to eat for dinner and I see freshly baked warm french bread for $1. I snatch one up and envisioned a sandwich so I Googled “french bread sandwich” and your website pops up. I made this for dinner and holy moly! It was amazing!!!!! Thanks a bunch…I love the site….can’t believe I haven’t come across it sooner. Will definitely try other stuff on here.

  30. Made this tonight for dinner. We really like it, will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe!

  31. I made the mixture ahead of time. Came home hours later and filled the loaves, I made two. I served it with a salad and my boys loved it. I didn’t change a thing. Thank you for this fabulous creation.
    Wish I could add a picture !!

  32. I just made this and wow! Even my son loved it. I didn’t have worchestshire but used teriyaki and added a couple drops of hot sauce. I also used mixed peppers and onion. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  33. Made this for dinner tonight. It was easy, quick and a big hit with the husband and kids! I didn’t have celery so I used cream of celery along with the cream of mushroom.

  34. Wondering if you could spread it onto a Pillsbury pizza dough, roll it and cook it? Like a stuffed bread? Thoughts?

  35. I made this for dinner last night. I used lean turkey instead of ground beef to make it a little healthier. It turned out dry and wasn’t very tasty at all. If I make it again I will use ground beef and I will definitely omit the part where you mix it with the bread. That is what made it so dry and took away alot of the flavor. I will also try adding rotel to it as I think it will boost the flavor even more.

  36. I made this recipe tonight, using pre-baked yeast rolls from Sam’s Club. I just cut about a 1 1/2 inch wide slit, scooped most of the center of the roll out, and filled them. I stacked them like dominos in a baking pan to keep the filling from oozing out. Other than using only a small amount of the bread I pulled and making homemade cream of mushroom, I stuck to the recipe. I did cover them in foil for 3/4 of the bake time, since those rolls tend to get hard. They were very good!

  37. My mom’s been making this since I was a kid, but she butters the inside of the bread with garlic butter, so yummy!

  38. This looks really yummy! Making tonight. I have ground beef in the freezer that needs to be used. It’s sure looks easy and fast and all the ingredients are already in my fridge and pantry. All I need is to have hubby pick up the French Bread. Easy peasy.

  39. I made this for supper two days ago and it was great. Next time I do it I will tweak it a bit in the spice department. I think I had too much hamburger but I always cook too much of anything I make. I will also add some red pepper flakes for a kick and some mushrooms.

  40. Amazing.. so good. I made this for the first time and I’m so glad I did. It really is delicious. Super easy to make as well. My 1 year old son loved it too πŸ™‚

  41. I made a slight variation on this and it turned out great! I made it as a stuffed garlic bread with the ground beef and a quick tomato sauce are baked inside the bread and then top with shaved garlic and cheese melt and serve!

  42. Made this for lunch yesterday. Really good since my guys don’t like traditional sloppy joes. Added a bit more Worcestershire.

  43. This was really good and easy. I added extra mushrooms and a little green pepper. Tast d like a really yummy steak and cheese .

  44. Assigned dinner to my 14 year old son. He found this and knocked it out of the park! Family liked it, he was really proud of himself and I got the night off!

  45. Definitely gonna to try this, thinking about substituting the cheddar with either mozzarella or provalone or maybe a combination of all 3

  46. Your recipe looks great. But one question, is it the actual French loaf bread or is it baguette. Thanks for the great recipe πŸ™‚

  47. Made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS and easy. These are changes I made – did chopped onion, 1/2 green bell pepper & 1/2 sweet red bell pepper chopped. Didn’t use the celery. Followed all other directions, and used Monterey Jack cheese & shred cheddar. Great recipe that we will make again – thank you!

  48. This is very good. I did add some bell pepper. Baked produced a very crusty bread so next time I will wrap in foil. Ate it with crystal hot sauce. Will do again soon.

  49. I originally made this recipe back in August and since then I’ve made it countless times. It’s super easy and it’s soo good!! It even tastes great the next day. Thank you for a great recipe

  50. When a recipe has this many positive reviews you know it will be good!! I’m making this tonight, but am using some ground venison in place of the ground beef. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for an easy, and I’m sure tasty, dinner recipe!! =)

  51. Made this for dinner and it was so yummy! Added a bit more onion and some green pepper but otherwise stayed true to the recipe. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks for such a easy and delicious recipe!

  52. Just stumbled upon your website after a search for ground beef recipies. I tried this sandwich for dinner and it was a huge hit! Quickly made the top favorite of all dinners ever. Thank you!

  53. Made this 2 weeks ago, absolutely loved it! Wrapped left overs in foil and baked again the next day to reheat and crisp up the bread, was just as delicious as the first day. Trying it again tonight but this time with ground turkey. Tasted like our favorite cheesesteak hoagie so why not give it a try as a “chicken cheesesteak”!

  54. I was really surprised by how good this is. I hate celery so I just had chopped onion. I had leftover bolleo rolls so I used that instead. Really tasty! Really easy! Cheap!

  55. Just tried this tonight–it was delicious!! I added some finely diced green bell peppers, since they were on sale today, and added some garlic powder and onion powder, and it turned out wonderfully. I’ve been looking for more ground beef recipes to add to my book, since all I can ever think of is spaghetti and burgers… :] Thank you!

  56. I made this last night ….the only thing I would change would be to spread some butter on the hollowed out surface of the french bread. It was too dry. It also could benefit from some sort of dipping sauce, such as BBQ or marinara sauce. Otherwise it was very yummy and my family enjoyed it!

  57. it’s almost embarrassing that we haven’t thought of something this simple and delicious before! I love the convenience and easy of this stuffed bread and how one can use artisan breads of their choice with fillings that they like. Awesome recipe and thanks for sharing!

  58. I have made the Baked Beef Stew and her Stuffed French Bread is amazing. Pork Chops Fiesta Chicken Pizza Sweet Asian Chicken Pork Tenderloin Spaghetti & Meatballs Stuffed French Bread Oven Drumsticks Tacos Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells Honey Garlic Broiled Chicken Thighs Chicken.

  59. I also was really surprised by how good this is. I hate celery so I just had chopped onion. And I had leftover bolleo rolls so I used that instead. Really tasty! Really easy! Cheap!

  60. 5 stars
    i just made this and it’s sooooo good!! i ended up making a lot for just me so i still have a lot of the beef mixture, i have another half of the bread, so it’s gonna use up some, but do you think this would go well with pasta?

  61. We like spicy in our house – has anyone tried a variation of this with chopped jalapenos? I’m just not sure the cream of mushroom soup would work with that. Any thoughts?

  62. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe. I used Italian sausage along with onions and red, yellow and green peppers. for the soup I used cheese…great hit.

  63. 5 stars
    Holly, this was outstanding! Oh my goodneSs it tasted like a stromboli!! And i saw the chicken stuffed french bread, so That’s another recipe on my list to make! I love your blog, so many amazing recipes to make! Thank you so very much!

  64. instead of french bread, I used a defrosted loaf of garlic bread split down the middle…..since thawed, compressed the center of the loaf with a spoon, pushing down into the loaf the section with the garlic seasoning. then i added the beef and ingredients….baked at 300 with cheese on top……it was great, so fast…..i had it like an open-faced hot sandwich. lots of ways to make variations on a theme. good job!

  65. 5 stars
    How large a loaf of bread and how many inches per serving?????? I am making for a bridal shower. About 35 people.

  66. 5 stars
    This was way too good! I loved the filling and I made some homemade french bread as well. It was an incredible dinner! We were all fans of it in my house.

  67. 5 stars
    This was very good. My whole family loved it! Was really just looking for a way to use my leftover French bread and now I have a repeat recipe saved.

  68. My husband is picky and doesn’t like mushroom or onion. Can I use cream of chicken and then onion powder? If so, how much?

    1. Yes, absolutely you can use cream of chicken soup instead. I would use a 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. πŸ™‚ Hope you both love the recipe!

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