How to Make Italian Bread Crumbs

How to make Italian Bread crumbs

This evening I shared my recipe for Minestrone Casserole on $5 Dinners. When I was making it I decided I wanted some kind of topping and since so many people add croutons I decided to add bread crumbs. Of course I didn’t have any, but that usually doesn’t stop me. I did have some stale bread in the freezer, so that is what I used. When making bread crumbs, I actually prefer starting with frozen bread, because it is easy to grate so it cuts out the middle step of making croutons.

how to make bread crumbs using leftover bread


How to Make Italian Bread Crumbs
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  • Enough frozen bread to equal 1 cup of crumbs ( I used 1 gluten-free sub roll)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grate frozen bread over a small bowl. Don't worry if you have a few pieces that are a little bigger.
  3. Add spices to bread crumbs and mix well.
  4. Spread the crumbs over a large cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the crumbs and dry and slightly brown.
  5. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Don’t have frozen bread? You can always make croutons and then place them in a plastic bag and crush them or put them in a food processor and grind them up.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Question for you since I found a recipe somewhere else before and made some breadcrumbs. I made breadcrumbs from leftover bread from the freezer which I toasted first and then cut up in the food processor. I didn’t add any seasoning to them but do you thinnk that I could add them after and would I toast the breadcrumbs again?? I also froze the crumbs again in order to keep them fresh longer so that I would have them on hand. Do you ever do that?

  2. Yes, you can add the seasoning afterwards and you don’t need to toast them again.

    Freezing the breadcrumbs is a brilliant idea. I have never done it before, but I will be doing it from now on. Thanks for sharing your tip!

  3. I will take a batch of bread crumbs please? I love homemade bread crumbs but I always forget to make them. I rely on my panko way too much I have to admit! What a wonderful recipe!

  4. These look great! I love adding bread crumbs to dishes to give a nice little crunch. Thanks for linking to Friday Potluck!

  5. thanks for sharing after years of buying at store I will now give this a try

  6. I always wondered how to make bread crumbs. Instead of trying to make them when I had run out, I just changed the dinner menu! Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. Following via Twitter! ~ Ellen

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