Easy Croutons

Last week I made crust-less peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That means I was left with a pile of bread crusts. I am not a fan of wasting food and my favorite thing to make with bread crusts is croutons.

You can make these with any kind of bread. I find it a great way to use up the heels of the bread. (Why does everyone in my family refuse to eat the heel?) I often keep a bag of bread scraps in the freezer an pull them out when I am ready to make croutons. They work great on soups or salads adding a tasty crunch.

Easy Croutons

Easy Croutons

Yield: 4 Cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Bread cubes are mixed with butter and seasonings and baked in the oven to make crispy and crunchy croutons that are perfect for topping soups or salads.


  • 4 Cups Cubed Bread (1 inch cubes)
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    In a large bowl, mix melted butter, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Add the bread cubes and stir well. You want to stir this several times to help distribute the butter and seasonings on all the bread cubes.
    Place the seasoned bread on a rimmed baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 23-28 minutes.
    Remove from oven and serve on top of soups or salads.


    You can use any kind of bread including gluten free bread. I often have a mixture of different breads.

    Watch them carefully at the end as they can burn easily.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

    Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.