This Sourdough Spaghetti Bread Bowl is the ultimate comfort food recipe! Fluffy, buttery sourdough is stuffed with tender noodles, hearty marinara, and plenty of ooey-gooey cheese. Baked in the oven, it’s ready in no time for a meal the whole family will enjoy! 

Side view of a baked spaghetti bread bowl.

Spaghetti Like You’ve Never Had It Before! 

Who doesn’t love a warm plate of spaghetti? Whether it’s oven baked spaghetti, one pot Greek spaghetti, or one pot spaghetti carbonara, it always hits the spot!  

It’s our go-to option when we need a crowd-pleasing recipe and aren’t sure what to make. However, once in a while, we want something a little more elevated than just a simple plate of spaghetti

Enter, this spaghetti bread bowl recipe! Inspired by restaurant spaghetti, it’s a fancy-looking meal that’s bursting with flavor and is so easy to make! 

Plus, the bread lasts longer than regular sliced bread, and you can make fun shapes like footballs or bunnies for holidays. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or feeding a crowd, this recipe is simply the best. 

Origins of Bread Bowls 

When you hear bread bowl, you might think of Panera and their popular soup bread bowl dishes. However, bread bowls have been around for years and are enjoyed all over the world! 

In fact, it is believed that the first ever bread bowl was created in 1427 by an Irish nobleman who wanted to impress a British duke. It is said that the duke enjoyed the dish so much that he set the Irishman up with his own bread bowl soup shop in modern-day Dublin. 

The popularity of bread bowls comes and goes in waves and is constantly evolving with bread bowl soups, spaghetti bread bowls, and even bread bowl cheese dip. However, it continues to be enjoyed all over the world in areas like Italy, France, Greece, China, and even Taiwan. 

Ingredients for the Best Spaghetti Bread Bowl Recipe

You’ll find all the traditional spaghetti ingredients in this recipe. However, instead of serving garlic bread on the side, we combine it all together! 

Here’s what you need: 

  • Bread – Sourdough works best for this recipe. Use round loaves to form a bowl. 
  • Noodles – Make sure your noodles are fully cooked! 
  • Marinara Sauce – We use store-bought marinara sauce or Ragu to save time, but homemade marinara tastes great as well! 
  • Cheese – A combination of Mozzarella and Parmesan takes this spaghetti to the next level! For the best results, use fresh cheese, and grate it yourself. 
  • Butter – Use unsalted, melted butter to coat the bread, creating a rich flavor and a crisp, golden exterior. 
  • Seasonings – Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt are mixed in with the butter to boost the spaghetti flavor. 

Discover Your New Favorite Way to Eat Spaghetti with Just a Few Simple Steps 

  1. Make the Bread Bowl. Use a large, serrated knife to slice off the top of the loaf. Hollow the center, leaving enough bread to hold the bowl together. 
  2. Fill the Bread Bowl. Add the noodles to the bowl, and top them with part of the sauce followed by the Mozzarella. Add the remaining sauce and Parmesan. 
  3. Butter. Place the top of the bread back on, and brush the whole loaf with melted seasoned butter. 
  4. Bake. Cover the entire spaghetti bread bowl with foil, and transfer it to the oven until the cheese is melted and the bread is a light golden brown. 

* Pro-Tip: This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover spaghetti! Just add it to the bowl layered with the cheese, and bake as the recipe card states! 

Tips for Cutting a Bread Bowl 

  • Cut as little of the top off as possible. Slice just enough to create a round opening to carve out the bread. 
  • Don’t cut too much! Leave about half an inch of bread all around the bowl to prevent it from becoming soggy and falling apart. 
  • Don’t toss out the leftover bread. Instead, use it to scoop up your spaghetti and soak up any leftover sauce. 

Serving Suggestions

This spaghetti bread bowl is a super filling meal on its own. However, some people like to serve it as a fun appetizer or paired with sides for a show-stopping spread. 

If you want to go all out, try serving it with options like: 

Common Questions About This Spaghetti Bread Bowl Recipe

Can I make this dish ahead of time? 

We don’t recommend making this recipe in advance as it is likely to become soggy. However, you can store the components separately. 

Bread bowls can be carved, coated with butter, baked, and stored covered at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for a week. Meanwhile, spaghetti can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. 

Then, just combine the ingredients, warm them in the oven, and enjoy! 

Does bread go with spaghetti

Yes! In our opinion, there’s no better pair. 

Do Italians eat bread with pasta?

In Italy, bread is not typically served alongside pasta like it is here in the United States. Instead, it’s served as a separate component, often with dipping oil, or as part of a meat and cheese board. 

Can I add ingredients? 

Absolutely! Feel free to add meat like ground turkey or beef, veggies, or more cheese. Anything goes with this spaghetti bread bowl recipe. 

More Ways to Enjoy Spaghetti 

Looking for more ways to spice up your classic spaghetti dinner? Try out more of our family-friendly spaghetti recipes below! 

Side view of a baked spaghetti bread bowl.

Spaghetti Bread Bowl Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Upgrade your favorite comfort food with layers of noodles, sauce, and cheese in buttery bread thanks to this spaghetti bread bowl recipe!


  • 1 large round Sourdough Bread
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, divided
  • 2 cups spaghetti noodles, cooked
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons butter or olive oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grated


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using a large serrated knife, slice off the top of the bread loaf. Hollow out the inside, leaving 1/2 inch of bread all around the edges of the bowl.
    1 large round Sourdough Bread
  • Add 1/2 of the marinara sauce to the bottom of the bread bowl followed by the noodles. Spread the remaining sauce on top, and sprinkle the Parmesan and Mozzarella over it.
    2 cups spaghetti noodles, cooked, 2 cups marinara sauce,, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, 1/2 cup Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • In a small bowl, whisk the melted butter and seasonigns togtehr.
    1 Tablespoons butter or olive oil, melted, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grated
  • Place the top of the bread loaf back on, and brush the outside of the bread with the butter mixture. Cover the spaghetti bread bowl with foil, and transfer it to the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is lightly golden.


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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 1045mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 266mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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