There are few things as comforting as a steamy soup or stew, especially when the weather is getting colder. But what’s even better than a bowl of soup? A warm and crusty bread bowl! This recipe will show you how to make the perfect sourdough bread bowls.
What To Serve In Bread Bowls
You can use bread bowls for a variety of soups or stews, but the best is to serve them with a creamy and savory tomato soup. The hot liquid will warm up your bread bowl just enough to melt its crusty edges into a delicious gooey-ness that will have you coming back for more.
However, bread bowls work best with dishes that have some sauce in them so the bread absorbs it all up nicely when it’s baked inside the oven. They also go really well with steamed vegetables or pasta salads if you’re looking for healthier alternative filling options. The possibilities are endless!
In order to make bread bowls as perfect as possible, there are two important factors: how it’s baked and what kind of dough you’re using. If you follow our (sourdough) recipe and instructions, you’ll have a bowl that you can use with just about anything — as long as it’s delicious.
Wait, Are Bread Bowls an Appetizer or a Meal?
This is a common question: Well, it’s a pretty filling meal but you can always serve it as an appetizer. So the answer is both!
Try using it as an edible serving dish for your next party! Fill this bread bowl with appetizers like grated cheese, nuts, veggies, and homemade hummus that guests can eat while they mingle.If you’re looking to serve something more substantial then fill up these bread bowls with delicious items like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti with meatballs, or some fresh homemade pesto on top.
The possibilities really are endless! And it looks so pretty too when you go all out on presentation for dinner parties – trust us; we know from experience!
It’s Worth Noting You Can Use Different Breads!
There are many breads that can be used to make bread bowls, but the best type of bread is one with a crusty exterior and soft interior. Sourdough bread has both of these qualities which make it perfect for this recipe!
But, just so you know other great types of bread are ciabatta or long-strand artisanal loaves, because they have large air pockets in their dough due to how they’re made. If you want to try something a little different, breads like focaccia and challah can be used as well.
Don’t have any of those bread readily available? You can even experiment with breads you like or have on hand – just make sure to check the quality of your bread if it has a thick crust.
You Might Be Asking: Do I Need Any Special Equipment to Make a Bread Bowl?
Nope! You can make bread bowls with just a bread knife, an oven-safe dish, and some aluminum foil.
Bread Bowls by Region
Bread bowls are not only common in the US, but also Italy, France, Greece, and our neighbors down south in Mexico have their own version.
They’re called Pambazos in Mexico and they’re made from white bread dough shaped into small baguette-like breads. The bread bowl itself isn’t baked until it’s stuffed with chorizo sausage pieces or beans before being dipped into guajillo chili sauce.
Italian bread bowls are known as scarpiello bread bowls and their bread is shaped in a ciabatta bread bowl. In France, they have la boulangere bread bowls which are made from the baguette dough. And finally, Greeks love using pita bread to make bread bowls called kolokithopites!
What Are The Best Soups for Bread Bowls?
As mentioned earlier bread bowls go well with pasta salads and steamed veggies, but there are also a ton of soup options as well. And trust us; you’re going to want bread so ask your guests if they have any bread on hand before making more bread bowls!
You can make cream-based soups like spinach artichoke dip or tortilla soup, creamy chicken noodle soup is another great option – it’s the perfect way to warm up during those cold winter months! If you want something lighter try our favorite tomato bisque recipe from scratch that’ll be just right for dipping bread into. There really isn’t an end to the list of things you can do with bread bowls: they’re versatile, delicious, and if done right, can be healthy.
Why Do You Need Bread Bowls In Your Life Right Now?
They’re easy to make, and you can eat them warm from the oven! They also last longer than sliced bread because they have a stiff crust that protects their soft center. And finally, if you want your bread bowls shaped like different things (say a football or bunny) there’s no need for special molds: just bake it in an oven-safe dish and cut away.
Can Bread Bowls Healthy?
Bread bowls can be low in carbs and high in fiber. If you use sourdough bread, they’re also a good source of probiotics that help support your digestive health! This isn’t always the case, though, as most breads aren’t exactly the best for your waistline; so if you’re trying to be health-conscious, you might want to stay away from ones that contain any yeast or additives.
It’s also worth mentioning that homemade bread bowls can be just as nutritious — if not more so — than store bought bread bowls but only if you use quality ingredients and don’t drown them in heavy sauces and cheeses. So keep it light, and you’ll be alright.
The Most Important Question: Are Bread Bowls Delicious?
Of course they are! They’re bread, and bread is delicious. We don’t really need to elaborate much further 🙂
- 1 large round Sourdough Bread
- 2 cups cooked spaghetti noodles
- 2 cups marinara or ragu sauce divided
- 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
- 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh grated black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- With a large serrated knife slice of the top of the loaf. Hallow out the inside of the loaf leaving 1/2 inch at the bottom. Place 1/2 cup of the marinara or meat sauce at the bottom. Add the noodles. Top with another 1/2 cup sauce, mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. Add the top of the bread to cover the bowl. In a small bowl combine the butter and the seasonings. Brush the whole loaf with the butter mixture. Cover the whole bowl with foil. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
For a good quality marinara sauce, we love using Raos Homemade, you can find it here.
If you love this recipe, try our Oven Baked Spaghetti!