Homemade Croutons with Parmesan and Herbs

One bite into these Parmesan and herb-flecked, homemade croutons and you’ll realize that there is no comparison between the tooth-shattering, commercial variety and fresh croutons toasted in your own oven.

Homemade croutons are a great way to use up the last few pieces of a loaf of bread. And don’t toss out bread that’s gone stale, it’s perfect for croutons. They are so easy to make, you might find yourself making them all the time. Don’t be surprised if you start adding more salads to your weekly meal prep, just for an excuse to eat these croutons. They also taste great in soups!

For crunchy, uniform croutons, cut bread into evenly sized cubes. For rustic, more delicate croutons, tear the bread into bite-sized pieces. Give your croutons flavor with garlic powder and dried herbs (we used dried parsley, but you can use basil, oregano, or anything you like). Olive oil helps the herbs stick to the bread and gives the croutons great texture.

The finishing touch is a sprinkling of Parmesan. To make sure the cheese ends up on your croutons instead of melted to your baking sheet, place a little pinch of shredded Parmesan onto each piece of bread.

These homemade croutons taste wonderful fresh from the oven, but they also store well in an airtight container. If your croutons get chewy after a few days, you can revive them by toasting them in the oven for 2–3 minutes before serving.

Homemade Croutons with Parmesan and Herbs Recipe

Homemade Croutons with Parmesan and Herbs
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Homemade Croutons with Parmesan and Herbs

One bite of these homemade croutons and you'll want to add them to all of your salads!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword homemade croutons
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings, about ⅓ cup each
Calories 103 kcal
Author Kirsten Morningstar

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley or basil or oregano
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper to taste; optional
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided use

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 300° F.

  2. Lightly coat baking sheet with spray; set aside.

  3. Combine bread, parsley, and garlic powder in a medium bowl; mix well. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

  4. Spread bread mixture in an even layer on baking sheet. Top with any seasoning mixture remaining in the bowl. Lightly coat bread with spray. Sprinkle with half of cheese.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Turn bread pieces over.

  6. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

  7. Store in an air-tight container.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Croutons with Parmesan and Herbs
Amount Per Serving (0.3 cup)
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 407mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Kirsten Morningstar