How to Make a Bread Bowl for Soup or Dip

Spinach dip in sourdough bread bowl

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You may have seen bread bowls—bowls made from bread and filled with piping hot soups and stews—at your favorite restaurants! Here's what you'll need to make yours:

  • a round loaf of bread (you will most likely find sourdough and Italian in a heart or round shape)
  • olive oil for brushing
  • basting brush

How to Make a Bread Bowl

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of the loaf with a serrated knife.
  2. Remove bread on the inside, making it hollow. Leave about 1 1/2 inches thick on the inside.
  3. Using your basting brush, brush olive oil on the inside of the bread bowl. This creates a seal, ensuring whatever you put in the bread bowl will not leak out.
  4. Bake bread bowl on a baking sheet for 15 minutes, until golden on the inside. Remove from oven, fill with desired soup or stew and serve!

Fun Ideas for Bread Bowls

For personal servings of dips and sauces like hummus, make bread bowls out of small dinner rolls. You can also save the top, brush olive oil underneath, bake with the bowl, and serve the bread bowl with a "lid"! A bread bowl is also a fun way to serve a salad, especially fatoush.