Yes, you can buy croutons for $1.99 at the grocery store. So why make your own? There are several reasons you’ll want to try making these Italian Parmesan croutons:
1.) Using fresh bakery bread puts less preservatives in your body.
2.) One loaf of french bread will yield 7 cups of croutons. That bag for $1.99 yields 5 ounces!
3.) The smell from the herbs as the croutons bake are guaranteed to make you want to eat salad!
This recipe is for Italian herb with Parmesan cheese, but the same concept applies to any flavor combination. It’s quick and easy, so let’s start!
Italian Parmesan Croutons
Preheat the oven to 350F. Gather the spices and oil and simmer for 5 minutes. While the seasoning is simmering, use a bread knife (highly recommended) or serrated knife to cut a loaf of Italian or French bread into 1/2″ pieces. (Whatever you may have seen on Pinterest, this is messy, so don’t fret about crumbs everywhere.)
After the seasoning has simmered, discard the garlic pieces (or as I do, munch on them or save them to toss in a salad). Pour the oil over the bread cubes and toss until every last one is coated. Spread the cubes in a single layer on two baking pans. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Be sure to rotate the pans when you put them back into the oven. Bake for another 8 minutes or so. Bake the croutons until they are golden brown, rotating the pans again if needed.
TIP: I LOVE cheese, so I always add more. However, adding more cheese will add to the amount of cooking time.
Yields 7 Cups
10 minPrep Time
16 minCook Time
26 minTotal Time
- 1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 large garlic cloves, sliced thin lengthwise
- 1 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
- 1 tsp. dried basil, crumbled
- 1 tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Combine the garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, salt, pepper and oil in a small saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes and discard the garlic.
- In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with the oil mixture.
- Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on 2 baking pans.
- Bake for 8 minutes.
- Rotate the pans and sprinkle the cubes with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 8 more minutes, or until golden.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Good eating to you! Jeanette