Beef Soup in a Bread Bowl

Beef Soup in a Bread Bowl at The Happy HousewifeDo you love Panera’s Soup in a Bread Bowl, but hate to pay the high prices? Try this delicious copy-cat recipe!

This soup is so versatile it is hard to even write a recipe. Feel free to use whatever leftovers you have to make this delicious and tasty beef soup. This is a great way to use up all the vegetable leftovers you have in your freezer. You are freezing your leftover vegetables, aren’t you?

Beef Soup


  • 2 cups leftover pot roast - cubed
  • 3 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • frozen peas
  • frozen corn
  • frozen carrots
  • 1 can mushroom gravy
  • minced onions (you could use the real stuff if you have it)
  • salt, pepper, garlic to taste
  • beef broth - enough to make it look like a soup


  1. Dump everything in a crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Pour soup into bowls and serve.

Courses Main Dish

Bread Bowls

If you want to make this soup suitable for company serve it in bread bowls. Looks cool and less dishes.To make bread bowls use your favorite bread recipe, I use my basic whole wheat bread.

Instead of shaping into loaves after the first rise, make softball sized rolls. (Make them smaller or larger depending on the appetite of those who are eating). Cover and let rise for about 40 minutes then bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

After the rolls are finished, slice off the top and scoop out the middle. Personally I eat all the middles, but if you are a better hostess than I, cube it and serve with the soup.

Beef Soup in a Bread Bowl at The Happy Housewife
Beef Soup in a Bread Bowl at The Happy Housewife

The best thing about this meal is that it is almost free. Everything except the bread bowls (under $1), spices and mushroom soup were leftover from another meal! The total cost of this meal is around $2 for 8 servings! That breaks down to $0.25 a serving.

Delicious, healthy, balanced and super cheap!


  1. Thanks for the suggestion, we love bread bowls and I’ve been looking for a good bread bowl recipe.

  2. I love eating soup in bread bowls, just something really comforting about it!!

  3. I had never thought about freezing my leftover veggies. I really need to start doing this because we waste way too many leftovers in our house. The recipe sounds really yummy and easy too.

  4. Thanks for sharing.. I will have to try that for sure!

  5. will definitely have to try this!

  6. You are amazing. I love sourdough bread bowls, but never thought about making them myself. Duh!

  7. I am on a sourdough kick, so will have to try the bowls when I get tired of eating the bread right out of the oven – which will happen some day – won’t it??? Thanks for the idea!

  8. Hi Toni this is a great idea. We are PCSING next month and this is what we are doing. We dont want basically anything left in the kitchen so we are pantry eating and making do with what we have. This is a great idea.

  9. Ohhhh, I am going to have to try those bread bowls, yummy!!

  10. I love the idea of serving soup in a bread bowl, AWESOME!!!

  11. Kitty Cat Mommy says:

    Thanks for your great tips, as usual you present ideas that can really work for everyone! I have been making bread for about a year now thanks to your encouragement. I so appreciate your inspiration as my family has been struggling this past year and more bad news on the job front makes it look even bleeker for now. I am so thankful to have found your blog last year and to have benefited from many great money saving ideas! Best wishes to all for the coming year, I know we can make it!!

  12. This sounds amazing! I’ve never done soup in bread bowls, but I’m sure my kids would gobble it up. 😀 Should have done it tonight as we had soup, but there will be much soup coming with these cold winter months.

  13. Rebecca Miller says:

    Love this recipe. Quick question. Is it mushroom soup or gravy?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Mushroom gravy, you could probably use beef gravy, or omit it. I added it because the gravy had been in my pantry a long time!

  14. I was wondering if you know how to take your bread recipe and make it gluten free?

  15. Thanks for this! We’ll be having veggie beef soup later this week and I just might make some bread bowls now! Looks so yummy!

  16. This was such a great idea. I am making it with turkey and everything in pantry, fridge, and freezer. I was trying to think of what to do with my leftover turkey and now I have Turkey Soup in the crock pot and bread dough in the bread machine. I really love your blog!

  17. I have to try this soup!

  18. I’ve never made bread bowls, but I think I’ll give them a try now. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  19. sounds absolutely delicious and a great winter weather recipe

  20. Where do you get Lecithin? What is it? What’s it for? haha… I’m a newby at making bread, but I really want to have a go at it! Thanks!

  21. This looks so good! And here I thought I was clever making my own bread bowls! 🙂 I missed this post somehow, and just now seen it when Amy linked to it in her menu plan.

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