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Bowl of homemade Bread Crumbs Next to a skillet of freshly made pasta.
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Homemade Bread Crumbs

Homemade bread crumbs are crunchy, toasty and a delicious budget friendly addition to many recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Tablespoons
Calories: 35kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 4 slices bread
    (any type)

Optional Add ins

  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
    (basil, oregano, thyme, savory, etc.)- optional
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
    to taste
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (EVOO) added just before the second baking session


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C)
  • Place your bread (any type- white, wheat, Italian, ciabatta, 7 grain breads, gluten-free, etc. Heck we have even used pizza crusts!) flat on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes until dry. You can decide if you want to leave the crusts on or remove. We used the crusts. Waste not- want not.
  • Allow to cool slightly so that you can break them up into large pieces so that they fit into your food processor. If you want to add seasonings like Italian Seasonings, Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper, add it now. Pulse several times until you get to the consistency you are looking for. We love some small dusting and also some little larger crunchy bread crumbs. If you do not have a food processor, you can use a box grater to break into gratings.
  • Place your bread crumbs back on the lined baking sheet and lay out flat. If you are making our Farfalle Aglio e Olio with Bread crumbs add a little drizzle of olive oil for extra richness and toss well before baking.
  • Bake bread crumbs at 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir your breadcrumbs halfway through the cooking process so they get browned on all sides.
  • Allow your bread crumbs to cool and use in your favorite recipes. Store bread crumbs in a sealable container in the refrigerator for a month or in the freezer for up to 2 months. However, if you have added olive oil store in the refrigerator and use within 7 days.


If you want to make panko bread crumbs use white bread and remove the crusts and you do not need to dry your bread in the oven before placing in the food processor. For Panko bread crumbs, after you remove the crusts from the white bread put it in the food processor and pulse into a little light piece of bread crumbs. Then, add your bread crumbs on your baking sheet and bake just until they get dried and crunchy but not golden brown.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg