Perhaps the best thing about bread bowl soup is that it looks like you slaved for hours but is actually quite easy to prepare — even if you make your own bread. Most people will agree that homemade bread is always best but you can easily substitute store-bought loaves in a pinch. Even if your bread bowl soup recipe calls for a specific loaf tailored to the soup’s flavors, there really are no bread bowl and soup pairing rules. As long as your bread is sturdy and the soup is hearty, you can pair them however you like.

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