Homemade Croutons

Recipe by Elena Palermo.

These crispy croutons are a perfect topping to any salad or soup! It is best to use day-old bread to ensure ultimate crunchiness. Any bread works but sourdough or day-old country have great flavor!

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes


4 Cups


8 cups bread (sliced into 1/2'' cubes)
1⁄2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic (peeled and finely minced)
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. In another large bowl add cubed bread and drizzle olive oil mixture. Toss to combine. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven until crunchy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and top your favorite salad or soup. Store in air tight container or zip lock bag for 3-5 days at room temperature or in the freezer for several weeks.