Garlic Parmesan Croutons
It’s easy to make your own garlic Parmesan croutons from leftover white bread. When you do make them, make plenty since croutons will keep for several days in an airtight container. You don’t want to run out because garlic Parmesan croutons have a great variety of uses. You can add them to salads, toss them with vegetables or eat them as a snack.

Try making some Parmesan croutons without the garlic and including them in a trail mix with raisins, dried banana and apple chips and some almond slivers. You can vary the flavors of your garlic Parmesan croutons by adding herbs or spices to the Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese before baking—be sure the Parmigiano Reggiano is finely grated. Try adding a half teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds or a half teaspoon of crushed red pepper. Use your imagination! The possibilities are endless.
Servings Prep Time
4cups 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4cups 15minutes
Cook Time
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Cut bread cubes from a day-old loaf of country white bread.
  2. Put the olive oil in a bowl big enough to hold the bread cubes. Peel the garlic and squeeze it with a garlic press into the oil. Add the salt and thyme.
  3. Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or a silicone mat.
  4. Toss the bread cubes in the seasoned olive oil and fold with a rubber spatula until all the cubes are evenly coated with olive oil. Sprinkle Parmigiano Reggiano over the bread cubes and toss again.
  5. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, checking frequently and turning the baking sheet to prevent uneven browning. Bake until the cubes are golden. If they are still soft on the inside, turn off the oven and leave the baking sheet in a few more minutes to fully dry out the croutons. When dry and cool, store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Croutons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 125mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 37%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.