Homemade Bread Bowls

The colder weather has arrived, which for our family, means a lot of warm soups!  To me, there is nothing more filling and comforting on a cold day than a nice bowl of soup.  What’s the best way to eat soup?…In a bread bowl of course! I LOVE bread bowls!  This is a family recipe that we use and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

I made some of this Creamy White Chicken Chili again to go with it!  It is one of my favorites!

Homemade Bread Bowls

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
raise time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 610kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 6 cups flour may need to add up to 7 cups


  • Combine warm water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.
  • Add oil, salt, and 1 1/2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed (if in a bread mixer).
  • Begin adding the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time until 5 cups total. Mix and continue to add the flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl and pulls away toward the middle. Do not add more than 7 cups of flour. Knead for 6 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 6 pieces. Make round balls. Place on large cookie sheet and let rise until doubled in size.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
  • Rub tops of bread bowls with butter.
  • Let Cool.
  • Cut top out and dig out bread, leaving a hollowed out bread bowl.
  • Fill with your favorite cream soup or chowder.
  • We usually put the bread from the center on the plate beside the bowl and dip it into the soup. You can also eat the bowl when you are all done!


Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Sarah E.

    Those are awesome looking! I have a recipe for bread bowls - you put the dough on upside-down bowls and bake them - this seems so much easier!

    1. Erika

      Rubbing the tops with egg whites will make the outside more hard and crunchy

  2. TheBookGirl

    My husband and I eat many meals of hearty soup and homemade bread but for some reason, it never occurred to me to combine the two this way, lol.

  3. Patti

    Great recipe! This would be good with anything - stews, chilis. Nothing like warm, fresh bread!

  4. EvA. . .

    Mmm this looks so amazing! Ill have to try it! thank you so much for sharing over at Southern Lovely! Your tips were very helpful! happy new follower my friend :)

  5. EvA. . .

    hey i went over to vote for you but couldn't find you on page 3? Do you know why? Let me know :)

  6. Jocelyn

    That is awesome!!! My husband and I were just eating lunch at Panera the other day...soup in a bread bowl...and discussing how to make the bread bowl!!! I totally want to try this sometime this winter!!!!

  7. Mandy

    Thanks for this recipe! I have never made bread bowls and have always wanted to try. I usually just buy them, but I bet these taste much better.

  8. Audra

    Love cooking blogs! I am now following via Southern Lovely :) Check out my new cooking blog onceamomalwaysacook.blogspot.com

  9. Raejean

    I've always wanted to make bread bowls. Maybe I'll actually try it this winter! I shared your link on my Friday Favorites.

  10. Snowmanlover

    OH wow, have to save this on my pinterest. Thank you! Barb

  11. mividaenundulce

    We have a restaurant here which is famous because they have in the menu this kind of bread filled with a traditional meal (Lomo Saltado...Saute Steak).
    I always wanted to know how to make this bread, so thank you very much for sharing this.

  12. thingsforboys

    they look great! I love soup in bread bowls

  13. arwenevenstar

    I have never been able to figure how people put soup in the bread without it dripping. LOve the idea. Cudn't have the soup though(I am vegetarian)

  14. Lindsey

    Yum! Is there really anything more to say?

  15. Anonymous

    Do you think this could be adapted to the bread machine- at least the beginning part with all the hard work?PS-found your stuff on pinterest- AMAZING! Everything I've done of yours gets rave reviews! Melanie

  16. Breakfast Recipe

    It is so easy waiting for some more baked recipe. Which could be easily prepared.

  17. Anonymous

    How do you make this without a bread machine?

    1. Veronica M.

      I just used my KitchenAid Mixer 500 Pro version

  18. Jodi Vilcans

    I made the last night and they are not only super easy but totally delicious! They were so easy I was able to make them during my sons nap AND have time to relax afterwards! Thanks for posting!

  19. meaghan pantoni

    Made these and they were fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! The extras also froze remarkably well :)

  20. Rebecca

    What size of mixer are you using to add up to 14 cups of flour? I just want to make sure i don't overload my KA mixer b/c it sounds like i need to split this recipe to do it in my mixer

    1. Veronica M.

      I made this in my KA 500 pro which I think is the 5 quart one. It did start trying to wrap and climb up over the bread hook towards the end. I kept scraping it down for a little while. Then gave up and dumped it out on my flour dusted table to finish the last little bits that still needed a little more blending together :)

  21. Stephanie

    Hey I just wanted to let you know that I posted your recipe to my blog! I did link it back to you! Hope thats ok!

  22. Cheri

    what kind of yeast is being used? thanks

    1. Veronica M.

      I used Dry active yeast that i got at CostCo. I think it might have been Red Star brand. but there are tons of brands out there. I wouldn't waist money on the little packets. Best to buy a jar or even a bag of yeast. It keeps for a long time in moister proof container or ziplock in the frig :)

  23. ern

    I halved this recipe for my smaller family and it was perfect! I was wary about so much sugar so I cut that about in half but other than that we made it exactly as written and got some rave reviews. I will definitely be pinning this and keeping it for future use. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  24. Jennifer H.

    They look so good and now I have officially tried them! So DELICIOUS! Thanks for posting the recipe!! :D

  25. Yazmine Lazarin

    Thank you sooooo much!!! I love this recipe!!

  26. Veronica M.

    I think i might have done something wrong? The dough was still very sticky wet even after adding total 14 cups. It was a messy sticky job but got it to 12. the dough was very silky and trying to slide thru my fingers as i was moving them to the cookie sheets. Im waiting for them to double in size . They are exspanding outward but not upwards ?

    1. Veronica M.

      I think i might have done something wrong? The dough was still very sticky wet even after adding total 14 cups. It was a messy sticky job but got it to 12. the dough was very silky and trying to slide thru my fingers as i was moving them to the cookie sheets. Im waiting for them to double in size . They are exspanding outward but not upwards ?
      OK I Figured out what I might have done wrong after i started over. I had my water realy hot not warm and also i just did a mix of the yeast mix in my KA with the dough hook. And didn't check for bubbling before proceeding after the 10 minute timer . Which second batch i mixed the yeast with a spoon. It looked good at about 12 minutes.
      Also after they were placed in the oven, they totally raised upwards.
      In Soup Bread Bowl Heaven !

  27. Sandra

    These look fabulous! Pinned and printed!

  28. Wendy

    I've never made bread bowls before - what type of mixer do I use? Like a stand up one? Does it need a dough paddle? Or should I use my bread machine on the dough setting? Thanks so much!

  29. Kristen

    mmmm - these look so yummy. I couldn't pay the outrageous prices at the grocery store. Glad I found this recipe and can't wait to try it out and fill with clam chowder.

  30. Allison

    This looks great! About how long does it take to make (including waiting for the dough to rise)?

  31. Jane Alvarado

    Is there any special type of yeast to use? Instant etc??

  32. Kim

    My bread bowls always go flat. Any tips to keep them round?

  33. Theda Brown

    I've wanted a bread bowl recipe,,, think this would be a great one for soups or spinach dip.....

  34. Linda Scarchuk

    I would like to try this with a little healthier flour, maybe Rye? or Multi Grain? Just to make it a little heartier...

  35. DelBorai

    Thank you for your recipes. I wanted to ask What kind of yeats should I use? activedry yeast or fresh yeast?

  36. BrooksInDallas


    You said "Mix on high speed" and that you used your Kitchenaid mixer. I rebuild Kitchenaid mixers. There's not a one of them whose operating manual doesn't say "SPEED 2 ONLY" for the bread hook. When you unpacked it the dough hook had a round sticker over the hole where you attach it to the mixer stating "SPEED 2 ONLY" and you'd have had to peel it off to use it. So if everyone uses their Kitchenaid mixer on this and uses the dough hook, please be advised. Or send me more broken mixers. :-) Other than that I can't wait to try these!

    1. Sandra Roberts

      If you understand the use of your equipment you realize 2 is high speed for your bread dough If a cook were to set it on the Mixers highest speed it would do nothing for your dough it will just stay on the hook and spin uselessly not kneading it.

  37. Sheena

    Do I have to have an electric mixer to make this? Or can I do it by hand?? These look sooo good!

    1. Chef in Training

      you can totally do this by hand if you wanted to :)

  38. Christi


    These turned out SOOOO well! They were very easy to make and very good!! You might want to mention how long the rising time could be so folks can plan how long they need to sit out. I let mine rise about 45 mins. They were beautiful! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Jennifer

    Made these tonight at the request of my teenage son and they turned out PERFECT! I made the recipe exactly as listed. Thank you for sharing!

  40. Cathy

    Can you make this recipe without a bread mixer? How...

    1. Sandra Roberts

      After you mix about half your flour in with a heavy spoon you may find it easier to mix the rest in by hand. When it begins to pull away from the bowl turn out on a lightly oiled surface (OLIVE OIL) Form into a rough ball hold down a small edge of the dough with one hand using the ball of your other hand push away the ball of dough about 10-12' then roll it back towards you with the same hand, turn dough 1/4 turn and repeat keep doing this making that 1/4 turn each time (you can add oil as needed to your surface to avoid sticking) until the dough is smooth and elastic (8-10 min) Using olive oil will not change the taste or texture of your bread and adding flour will Never knead bread using flour

  41. Mary

    If you made about 5" individual bread bowls, any idea how many this recipe would make??

  42. Judy

    Hi I haven't tried this recipe yet but I was wonder how many bowls do you get form this recipe

    1. Kitchen Kid

      From the Instructions part of the recipe:
      "Divide dough into 6 pieces. Make round balls."

      6 bowls

  43. Wildraven


    Your recipe is very easy to make and a winner in the Eats department. Thanks for sharing

  44. Kitchen Kid

    Nevermind. I see the count in the recipe.

  45. andres mistaje

    Fast and delicious recipes congratulate practices pleases me greatly this page

  46. Ivyfree2


    That's an awful lot of bread for a meal... and, seriously, most won't eat it but they'll throw it away, wasting food. Food fads tend to be a bit... well, ridiculous.

    1. Sandra Roberts

      Actually everyone in my family eats the bread bowls and the Bread I scoop out I make into Bread Crumbs or Croutons for other recipes so there is no waste. Also these cost about .39 cents a piece to make they don't have all the Preservatives and additives that Commercial Bakeries use to prolong self life so they are Healthier for your family. You can also form these into regular Loaf Pans and Bake making sandwich bread. Bread Baking is a Art (it is what formed the industrial revolution) unfortunately it has been a dying art that is finally making a resurgence as we become more aware of our health and the roll food plays. Eating Healthy isn't a fad it is a necessity as we see a huge rise is birth defects childhood illness and food allergies controlling what we eat and how we prepare it give us a better chance the future of our children and longevity for our selves.

  47. Sandra Roberts


    I made 2 batches of this recipe one with All purpose the other with Bread flour. While the AP Bowls are really delicious the crust was a bit to light owning to a lower gluten content. The Bread Flour holds up better to less thick soups or to standing filled with herbed cheese and other dips on a buffet. The only difference in the recipe was Kneading (I use olive oil on my surface rather then adding more flour) and a double rise for the Bread Flour (Rise punch down and form and let rise) I will use your recipe for chowders, salads and things we will be eating immediately I do love how fast it comes together on a busy day.

  48. Melanie


    Making them right now. They are so easy to make. Can't wait for supper

  49. Tara

    I made these today and while they look delicious the bottoms are kind of cracked did you have a method of proofing that works well with this recipe?

  50. Chrissy Riley


    This is the best bread bowl I have ever had...

  51. Janette


    I have these rising in the kitchen right now as I type. This is the third time making these and they are by far my family's favorite bread bowl recipe! They turn out perfect and delicious every time! After pulling them out of the oven I dab some butter over the tops then I add a tiny sprinkle of salt. These are to die for and super easy and quick to make! They save well for future meals too.

  52. Doughboy


    best bread bowls ever followed recipe exactly and I added an egg wash they came out perfect

  53. Marilyn

    I’ve never used it as a soup bowl... I’ve always used it for dips... Going to check out your site and see if I can locate your Creamy White Chicken chilli for to have in my next bread bowl... thank you...