These homemade soup croutons are the perfect addition for a big bowl of soup or use them on salads! They are savory from the garlic butter and so easy to make. Prep them in just 5 minutes.
I have a confession to make. I made these for my homemade vegetable soup the other day and ended up snacking on them all day and eating the whole entire batch. They are seriously so yummy. I like them extra crunchy, so that stay firm even after floating to the bottom of my soup bowl.
Why You Will Love These Soup and Salad Croutons:
- They are crunchy, buttery and the perfect addition to almost any soup
- These croutons are so simple to make. Just toss them in a garlic butter mixture and throw them in the oven.
- The recipe tastes so much better than store bought croutons
2-3 day old Italian Round or French Loaf: A slightly hardened stale bread is perfect for this recipe because it creates a little crunch even after submerged in soup.
Salted Butter and Garlic: Creates a garlic butter sauce to toss the croutons into and soaks into the bread to build the most delicious flavor.
Sea Salt & Black Pepper: Simple seasoning that goes a long way.
Italian Seasoning (Optional): Adds an Italian flavor from a blend of rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, sage, and marjoram.
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
Substitutions and Variations:
If you don't have Italian seasoning, just make your own with a blend ⅛ teaspoon each of dried thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano.
For bread, you can also use ciabatta or sourdough if you prefer the taste of those.
How to Make Soup Croutons:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the bread into one inch cubes. Set aside.
Step 2: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Step 3: Transfer the garlic butter into a large bowl. Add in the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine.
Step 4: Toss in the bread and make sure to coat all the croutons in the garlic butter.
Step 5: Spread them out onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes in the center of the oven, until nice and crispy.
Step 6: Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Step 7: Top your favorite soup and salads with these delicious croutons. Enjoy!
Expert Tips for Garlic Butter Croutons:
Don't over brown or burn the garlic, as it can result in a bitter taste. Only cook for 30 seconds in the butter, then place the cookie sheet in the center of the oven when baking to avoid burning.
Use a crunchy bread that will crisp up like french, Italian round, ciabatta or sourdough. Don't overload them in garlic butter or oil. Then, bake at a temperature of 350 for 15 to 18 minutes.
Allow them to cool completely before storing so no moisture ruins them. Place in a sealed tupperware or sandwich baggies and use within 2 days.
Soups You Will Love Pairing with these Croutons:
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