It is so easy to make Italian Bread at home with just a few simple ingredients. Nothing beats a soft and crusty bread warm from the oven!
Whisk together water, yeast, sugar, oil, and 2 cups of the 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 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° for about 30 minutes or till crust is golden brown.