Homemade Bread & A Bowl of Soup

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When I was in school and they would announce that we were going to have a snow day for the third day in a row, it was like winning the lottery! Now, the first day feels like a win, but by the third day I need to get out there and see the world!

To keep myself busy these past couple of days I of course spent most of the time in the kitchen making soups and stews since that’s all that we were in the mood for. But, by the end of the third day, I ran out of items in my kitchen pantry. Even my fridge was emptied out! Thank goodness today looks like munchkin and I are going to hit the market – finally!

A round loaf of homemade whole wheat bread 

This bread that I made yesterday was out of pure necessity – I’m telling you, that kitchen pantry is empty. It’s a good thing that I buy flour in large quantities – when I bring the bag of flour home, my husband says that it looks like I’m preparing for doomsday…funny guy.  It’s more like I’m preparing for him because he ends up eating most of the bread that I make. That loaf up there was gone in one sitting. I had one slice, and he and my daughter literally attacked it – they didn’t even use a knife to cut it. So is the reason why I don’t have a pretty picture with a few slices.

This bread is my take on the country type bread served at steakhouses,  only healthier.

You will need:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • oregano


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • In a deep mixing bowl, mix your dry ingredients.

A bowl of dry bread ingredients 

  • In a separate bowl, mix liquids and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir until there is no more dry flour.

Whole wheat bread dough that is still sticky in a glass bowl 

  • Depending on the humidity of the air where you live you may need more or less liquid. The dough should be moist but not sticky. It is important not to overwork the dough.
  • Shape into a ball or an oval with oiled hands.
  • Rub the dough ball with EVOO and sprinkle sea salt and oregano.
  • Lightly cut an X onto the surface to prevent splitting of the crust.

A round ball of bread dough topped with herbs on a baking sheet 

  • Place on a clean baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.

A round loaf of whole wheat bread 

But we can’t stop at just the bread! I have to show you my yummy soup that soaked up all of that bread! This is the “clean out your pantry” soup.

Top view of a bowl of tomato vegetable soup 

If you have an hour and some to spare, get out your chopping block and start cooking.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 medium-sized onions, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced crosswise
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 fresh ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley, chopped
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 cubes of Vegetable buillon
  • 1/4 cup elbow macaroni
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Diced onion, carrot, and celery on a cutting board 

Red kidney beans in a colander 


  • In a large deep pot place in the onions, carrots and celery; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, EVOO and mix with wooden spoon.

Diced onion, celery, and carrot cooking in a pan 

  • Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened, then add in the minced garlic, tomatoes, kidney beans, garlic powder, garlic salt, paprika, parsley, and basil; stir and cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat, or until the mixture begins to bubble.

Vegetables, tomatoes, and kidney beans cooking in a pot 

  • Pour in the water and turn up the heat to high and wait for it to boil.
  • Add the bouillon cubes, mix well, and turn down the heat to a medium-low.

*You can skip the above two steps if you have six cups of vegetable broth on hand.

  • Let it simmer for about 30 minutes then add in the elbow macaroni.
  • Allow it to cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat before removing it from the stove.
  • Serve it warm with a side of that bread! It was delicious!
58 Responses
  1. Lauren

    So I made this bread today…it was supposed to be for dinner…..It didn’t last that long. I left to go to the store, after it was baked. Came back and it was gone! My husband and kids devoured the entire thing. Looks like I need to make some more fast. Thanks for sharing. Huge hit in my house

  2. kitchenarian

    Congratulations on Top 9!!
    Such a beautiful loaf of bread. I love the smell of bread baking in the oven. I will make this soon! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. claudia lamascolo

    Congrats on Top 9 that is a lovely bread and bowl of delicious soup! I am with your husband here would eat the whole loaf with your daughter before you can take the pictures! love bread!!!!

  4. Kristi Rimkus

    Love this – no yeast – yet it looks like rustic yeast loaf. I hope you get out of the snow soon before the pantry is completely dry!


  5. Baking Serendipity

    There is nothing better than the smell of homemade bread in the oven! Your loaf looks fantastic. Clean out the pantry meals make me feel good about braving the grocery store (and the snow) again! Stay warm and safe this weekend!

  6. Caudia

    Yes, husbands do attack bread. (And then I get yelled at for making him fat – well it doesn’t all need to be eaten within an hour, does it?) Your bread and soup are perfect winter sustenance. I cannot think of a better way to ward of winter’s chill. And I know from when I speak – we have had snow for 34 out of the last 46 days. And no snow days. (Kids were very upset that the blizzard came Friday night!)

  7. Shea Goldstein

    Looks amazing, and so comforting in this cold weather. Good, solid recipes. I love hot soup on a cold day. I’m sooo not a baker, but I think I could handle this.

  8. pureandyummy

    I love homemade bread and I especially love that it is whole wheat! This looks like a simple recipe, I will have to try it very soon!

  9. something_good

    home made bread is heaven! we bake our own bread on a daily basis; it became a routine to have the entire house smelling like freshly baked bread. to ease up the process, we knead it in the bread machine and we bake it in the oven. the last one we made was with funghi porcini.

  10. Sprinkled with Flour

    I love that this bread uses 100% whole wheat, it looks so hearty and yummy. I can tell that crust has great crunch too! Your soup looks wonderful aswell:)

  11. denise @ quickies on the dinner table

    Your wholewheat quickbread looks wonderful! Love the topping of sea salt and oregano – I can totally see why it was all gone in one meal πŸ™‚

  12. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, your homemade bread looks so delicious and and probably very pleasantly flavoured with the oregano added!

  13. Kimberly(Unrivaledkitch)

    I love this! its so perfect. I hardly bake bread but I love it so much its one of my favorite things. I used to at least put it in the oven every morning and bake it but making it was a little less often and now that I’m not in the Restaurant its even less but seeing this you’ve inspired me to give it a go once more.

    I have a hard time with dough in the winter through but i think i can take on the challenge.

    thanks for sharing!

  14. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    You sound just like me! We were “snowed” in for 3 days simply because the plows didn’t come and remove the ice on the roads (a quarter inch of snow doesn’t constitute really being snowed in). Your bread makes me want to just shove my whole face in and rip out a big bite from the center. I’m sure it was fluffy and tender, but crunchy on the outside!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      It’s the easiest and quickest bread you’ll ever make… I begin to make it about an hour and a half before dinner will be served and by the time the food arrives, the bread is done and ready to be attacked. πŸ™‚

  15. foododelmundo

    Love your rustic bread! I’ve never tried an ‘every day’ bread without yeast. Sounds quick, delicious and easy!

  16. fooddreamer

    Beautiful bread and a delicious-looking healthy soup! We’ve been housebound for days because of the snow, and I’ve been baking too, but I wish I had some of your bread!

  17. Sortachef

    You didn’t just give us a couple of recipes, Kate. You just gave us all a window on your world. I can see it all through your beautiful photos and description!
    Can I just say, though – I’m SO GLAD that my kids didn’t have the day off the other day? It might be the first time I’ve sent them to school when snow lay on the ground. Seattleites can be such snow wussies!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      I’m so glad that I am able to give you all a glimpse of my life through this blog. Thank you for the wonderful words!

  18. Susan

    Only one snow day here, but we still managed to make soup too – chicken witth red lentils in our case. Your bread and soup, though, remind me of winter suppers when I was a kid. There were five kids in our family and my Mom made bread and soup on weekends when we could have it as we came in from playing in the snow. There was NEVER a scrap of bread left after a soup and bread supper! Thanks for the memory!

  19. Liz Bridges

    WOW! That bread looks so easy! I am always intimidated by bread recipes because they usually involve yeast packets and complicated directions. But this… this I could follow! I hear ya! Today was day 4 of no school for me (I’m a teacher)! I had to brave the ice to go to Trader Joe’s yesterday!

  20. briarrose

    You can never have too much flour. I know I go through it at insane rates. πŸ˜‰ Fresh bread and homemade soup….excellent meal.

  21. A little bit of everything

    i finished lunch about 30 minutes ago and your soup made me hungry again. nothing warms you better that a bowl of home made soup while outside the snow seems unstoppable πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing Kate
    best wishes,

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      This is the easiest bread recipe … it’s a good first time recipe! It takes only a few minutes to prepare and then the oven takes care of the rest. πŸ™‚

  22. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen

    I love the looks of your bread. I ran out of bread yesterday and I’m trying to decide if I should buy some, or make some? I think I should bake! Thanks for the push!

  23. Chef Dennis

    what can be better than homemade bread and homemade soup! A feast for the body and for the soul!
    Your bread looks amazing!!

  24. Sandra

    First, soup and bread looks so good and delicious..and I hear you about third day snow day..my kids are home for the last 4 days, and my pantry as well as fridge getting empty..I got to hit the store ASAP. LOL!

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