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Italian Bread Recipe

It is so easy to make Italian Bread at home with just a few simple ingredients. Nothing beats soft, crusty bread warm from the oven!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Rise1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Lil' Luna


  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 5 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 cups all purpose flour


  • Whisk together water, yeast, sugar, oil, and 2 cups of flour in a large bowl till smooth. Let sit in a warm place till bubbly, about 30 minutes. Add the salt and enough flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead a few times on a floured counter till smooth. Return to bowl. Cover and let rise till doubled, about an hour.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll each piece into a long loaf about 12 inches long. Place both loaves on a greased baking pan.
  • Let loaves rise till doubled, 30-45 minutes. Cut a few diagonal slits across the top of each loaf.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 375°F for about 30 minutes or till the crust is golden brown.



Calories: 1379kcal | Carbohydrates: 257g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 3522mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 15mg