These Homemade Garlic Parmesan Croutons are well seasoned and perfectly crunchy. They are made with only 5 ingredients - Italian bread, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan, parsley, and can be made in only 15 minutes. They are the perfect addition to soups and salads.
- Bread - For this recipe, I used a loaf of Italian bread. But you can use any bread you prefer. I also love to make them with a loaf of fresh sourdough. (I get all my breads here) code peace for 10% off
- Olive Oil - I recommend using a light olive oil for these Garlic Parmesan Croutons. You can also use avocado oil or melted butter.
- Parsley - Fresh is best when it comes to herbs. However, if all you have on hand is dried parsley, simply reduce the amount to 2 teaspoons.
- Parmesan Cheese - I recommend using a freshly shredded Parmesan. But if all you have on hand is the kind in the green can, that will work also.
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.
STEP 2: Add the bread to the bowl and toss until all of the bread cubes are evenly coated in the oil mixture. Mix in the parmesan cheese.
STEP 3: Spread the croutons in an even layer across a rimmed baking sheet.
STEP 4: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the croutons are golden brown. Toss halfway through. Allow to cool before serving.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- Storage: Store these homemade croutons in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.
- Serving: These are amazing mixed into salads like this Prosciutto, Peach and Melon Salad. They are also terrific as a crunchy garnish on soups like this Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken Soup or this Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato and Smoked Gouda Bisque
- Make buttery croutons: Replace the olive oil with melted butter for a super buttery, garlicky homemade crouton recipe.
- Change up the herbs: oregano and basil are excellent swaps for the parsley. Better yet, do a mix of all three. Dill is also a delicious choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's a lot easier than you think. All you need is some cubed up, day old bread, oil or butter, herbs and seasonings. Then you toss them all together and bake until golden brown and crunchy.
I like to use a loaf of Italian bread or a loaf of fresh sourdough bread. You can even use French bread or brioche. You really can't go wrong with any type of bread as long as you cube it and let it get stale for a day or two before making the croutons.
Store them at room temperature, in an air-tight container. Air or humidity will make them soft.
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