The Perfect Sourdough Bread Bowl: Simple and Easy

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When looking for the perfect soup accompaniment on a cold or drizzly night, why not have a go at baking some amazing sourdough bread bowls? This simple and easy sourdough bread recipe requires an active sourdough starter; instant yeast to ensure a faster rise. So you can bake your sourdough bread bowls, whilst cooking up a pot of scrumptious soup!

The perfect sourdough bread bowl: simple and easy

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The perfect sourdough bread bowl: simple and easy

Sourdough Bread Bowl Recipe

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This delicious sourdough bread bowl recipe is perfectly capable to hold thick soups. Pair this delicious bread bowl recipe with your favorite hearty soup. I love to load these sourdough bread bowls with warm and comforting soups like chicken noodle soup.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 pieces 1x


  • 3 cups active sourdough starter
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 68 cups of unbleached flour


  1. Begin by dissolving instant yeast in warm water. Mix the starter, water, yeast, salt, and 2 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer. Beat until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Next, gradually add the remaining flour, until the dough clings together. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. After this, place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, and cover it with a damp towel. Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours until it has doubled in size.
  3. Once the bread dough has doubled, punch it down and place it onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 6-9 pieces, and roll them into a ball. Place the dough balls onto parchment paper, and cover them with a damp bread cloth, to rise for 30 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, place a baking stone into the oven and preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Once the bread balls have doubled in size, it’s time to place them into the oven. Brush the tops of the dough balls with melted butter, then use a sharp serrated knife to slash the tops with a cross. Slide the parchment paper with the dough bowls onto the preheated baking stone, and place a cup of water onto the oven rack.
  5. Bake the bread bowls for 20-25 minutes or until they’re a beautiful golden brown. Then remove the bread bowls from the parchment paper and return them to the baking stone, to bake the bottom of the bread bowl. Place the baked bread bowls onto a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely before you slice them.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: bread

Why is My Sourdough Bread Bowl so Dense?

First-time bakers may produce dense or heavy loaves. And when it comes to sourdough bread bowls, this can be a problem.

Your sourdough bowls should be crisp, and moist, with an open crumb, perfect for loading with soup.

You can find out the causes and solutions to dense sourdough bread through: why is my sourdough bread so dense?

The perfect sourdough bread bowl: simple and easy

What Soup Works Best for Sourdough Bread Bowls?

During the cooler months, I love to treat myself to a warm, creamy soup. So why not try a bunch of soup recipes to keep you going this winter?

  • Pepperoni pizza soup
  • Philly cheese steak soup
  • Tomato basil soup
  • Cheesy potato soup
  • Spicy chicken and rice soup

Pepperoni Pizza Soup

Calling all pizza lovers to get their spoon stuck into this extraordinary pepperoni pizza soup.

With a flavorful tomato soup base, complete with mini pepperoni and lots of parmesan cheese, this delicious soup bowl is simply to die for.

  1. For this delicious soup, you’ll need to combine crushed tomatoes, water, low-sodium chicken broth, tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon, and bring this to a boil.
  3. Drop 5 ounces of mini pepperoni into the mix, then stir and reduce the heat to medium-low and boil for 15 minutes.
  4. Add parmesan cheese, and remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Cut a 3-inch circle into the tops of your sourdough soup bowls. Set this aside, and carefully pour your soup into the bread bowl.
  6. Top with a pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese, then serve and enjoy!

Philly Cheese Steak Soup

If you’re a fan of cheesesteak sandwiches, then you’ll adore this sourdough bread bowl soup recipe. It’s brimming with all of your favorite ingredients and flavors, in soup form of course!

Philly cheese steak soup imparts mouth-watering flavors you’d get from a scrumptious cheese steak sandwich, which is why this thick, cheesy soup is incredibly irresistible, and a must-have for your sourdough bread bowls.

  1. First, season your beef and set it aside.
  2. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet, then add some onions and green peppers; cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Transfer this to a bowl, and set aside.
  4. Drop your seasoned beef into the skillet, and cook until browned, then transfer to a plate.
  5. Add red wine, beef broth, French onion soup, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring throughout.
  6. Add the veggie mix, and beef back into the pot, and bring this to a boil. Reduce the heat, and let this simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, bake your bread bowls. Pour in heavy cream, and let the soup simmer for another 15 minutes, remembering to stir often.
  8. Then take the baked bread bowls, and fill them with soup.
  9. Place a slice of cheese over the tops of each bowl of soup.
  10. Place the bread bowl soups into the oven, and broil until the cheese melts.
The perfect sourdough bread bowl: simple and easy

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato basil soup is the perfect comfort food to have, especially on a cold winter evening. Picture your feet propped up on the edge of the couch, a warm fuzzy blanket draped around your shoulders, and a lovely sourdough bowl of soup, in your lap.

Once you make sourdough bread bowls, you’ll find that there’s no alternative to enjoying a bowl of thick and hearty soup!

  1. Simply pour olive oil into a large pot, over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until softened, then toss in minced garlic and continue to cook while seasoning with salt and pepper.
  2. Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes, along with 2 cups of chicken broth. Bring this to a boil and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the soup into a food processor, and blend until smooth. Return the soup back to the pot, over medium heat.
  4. Lower the heat and allow this to simmer, whilst stirring in some heavy cream.
  5. Add some chopped basil, and allow the soup to simmer for another 15 minutes.
  6. Place bread bowls on a table, and pour the steaming tomato soup into its softened depth.
  7. Garnish with a pinch of basil and enjoy!

Cheesy Potato Soup

If you’re a fan of potatoes, then stick around for this fabulous, creamy, cheesy potato soup.

Not only is it super versatile, but it is one of the easiest soups you’ll ever make. You only need a few key ingredients and a crockpot!

  1. Melt some butter in a crockpot, then add frozen hash browns, 2 cans of cream, 1 can cream of celery and heavy cream.
  2. Cook this in a crockpot over high heat for 4 hours.
  3. Then add 1 cup of cheese, salt, and pepper before serving.

Spicy Chicken and Rice Soup

If you’re craving a bowl of soup that bites back, then try this scrumptious spicy chicken and rice soup. Perfect when served with deliciously soft sourdough bread bowls. Loaded with pieces of shredded chicken, cheese, rice, and a bunch of additional flavorings that tie this delicious soup together.

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water, add chicken and bring this to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and continue to cook until the chicken has cooked thoroughly.
  3. Drain and rinse the chicken, then set this aside.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, then add sliced onions, garlic, carrots, and celery, cooking for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour chicken broth, and add the chicken pieces and some diced jalapenos with the veggies.
  6. Bring this to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the pot of soup from the heat, and add sour cream and cheese.
  8. Cook your rice, then add this to the soup. Stir and season with salt and pepper.
The perfect sourdough bread bowl: simple and easy

How to Store Sourdough Bread Bowls?

When there are too many sourdough bread bowls to work with, you can always store your leftover sourdough bread bowls in a Ziploc freezer bag, ready to enjoy at a later date.

Additionally, you can opt to store your bread bowls in a bread box, but this would only be appropriate if you planned to consume this amazing food over the next few days.

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The perfect sourdough bread bowl: simple and easy

Sourdough Bread Bowls

Sourdough bread bowls are the perfect baking dish to hold any kind of soup you fancy (like this fantastic cheeseburger chowder). From delectable spicy to creamy soups, there is no limit to the flavors that delight your gut!

If you love sourdough bread bowls, why not have a go at some of these scrumptious sourdough discard recipes? They’re simply divine, and a great way to make use of any excess sourdough discard that’s most likely taking up most of the space in your refrigerator!


What Kind of Bowl is Best for Sourdough Bread?

When baking sourdough bread, opt for a large mixing bowl, especially when looking to combine ingredients. Both stainless steel and wood are good choices, especially with the heavy mixing and folding.

What is The Purpose of a Bread Bowl?

Bread bowls are typically formed from round loaves of bread and made to serve food for a bunch of people at a gathering or party. Often bread bowls are served loaded with soups, and provide ultimate satisfaction.

Can You Use Sourdough Bread Bowls for Thick and Hearty Soups?

Sourdough bread bowls are the perfect way to serve thick and hearty soups. The bread soaks up all the delicious flavors, making each spoonful a delightful treat!

What Soups to Use With This Sourdough Recipe?

You can certainly fill your bread bowls with any kind of soup you desire. Choose from creamy mushroom soup, tomato basil soup, lentil soup, or vegetable soup.

Why is Sourdough Good For You?

When it comes to bread, sourdough is one of the healthiest bread to go for, simply because it is easier to digest, and neutralizes phytic acid.
It’s incredibly high in fiber, therefore contributes to the reduced production of insulin in your body.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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