1cupshredded mozzarellaI like to chop the shredded cheese even more in a food processor. This makes for an even melt.
Put the tomatoes and paste in a food processor. Add the spices and pups until mixed into a thick dense sauce that should be double the thickness of pasta sauce.
Cut the loaf in half then cut the half loaf long way in half like an open face sandwich.
Spread the pizza sauce as generously as you prefer on each half.
Sprinkle cheese over the sauce and add the pepperoni.
Place in air fryer basket and cook at 350 for 6 minutes. You are crisping the loaf crust and cooking the toppings.To bake in the oven - cook at 450 degrees fro 12-15 minutes. Turn to broil for 1-2 minutes to get the cheese to slightly brown.
Top with parmesan and or crushed pepper.
To Store: Leftover French bread pizza can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
To Freeze: After the pizza is completely cooled, you can store your slices in a freezer-safe container or ziploc bag for a few months.
To Reheat: To reheat from frozen, air fry the pizza for about 4-5 minutes at 380 degrees. If they are thawed from frozen or from the fridge, air fry them at 380°F for about 2-3 minutes.
You can quickly air fry the bread first to crisp it up before adding your toppings. This way the sauce won’t make it soggy.
Cooking times will vary depending on the size and type of air fryer you own. To avoid burning, keep a close eye on pizzas after 5 minutes of cooking.
Thinly sliced and lighter toppings tend to “fly” around the air fryer because of the powerful fan. You may want to cover them with cheese to keep everything in place.
To make this recipe even easier and faster, you can use a store bought pizza sauce, marinara sauce, or tomato sauce instead of making your own.