Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls

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Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls
Cold weather is the perfect time for food that warms your body and your soul. We’ve created a brand new recipe with just the right amount of heat to keep you warm all over. This recipe for savory Bread Bowls can be put together and ready to eat in about 30 minutes. Your local Walmart makes all of these ingredients available close by and for a price that won’t break the bank.

parmesan sausage bread bowls.

Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls

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Like many of you reading this, we are a busy family. Besides being composed of two working parents, we have a table full of kids that need feeding – morning, noon, and night. Convenience, cost, and of course taste are all important factors in planning our family meals. With a little imagination and a quick trip to Walmart, it’s amazing some of the things you can come up with, like this these Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls.

bread on store shelfs

Like a lot of kids, our boys love good dinner rolls. As I was strolling through the fresh bakery section of Walmart, I came across some (really) large hard rolls. Not knowing exactly what I would do with them, but knowing our guys would love them, they ended up in my cart.a store shelf of rotel tomatoes


I found myself in front of a display of RO*TEL and then my appetite and my imagination kicked into full gear.  With a couple of cans of RO*TEL in my cart and just a few other staples, I was on my way home and that’s when some really delicious things started to happen.



With just a few other ingredients on hand, we were ready to go and I just knew this new creation was going to be a big hit with our kids. I love it when I’m right!

sausage, onion and a can of tomatoes on the countertop.Making these Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls could  hardly be any easier. Take a look!

(full recipe at end of post)

  • Chop the onion
  • Brown the sausage, with the sautéed onion.
  • Stir in a can of RO*TEL to the mixture.
  • Stir in a can of black beans and the tomato paste, heat to thicken and reduce.
  • Create bowls from the large hard rolls.
  • Place RO*TEL and sausage mixture into bread bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, before placing in the oven.

Pro Cooking Tip

bread bowls being made
Turn your leftover bread into…
A bag of breadcrumbs


While these Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls are taking a short bake in the oven, it’s the perfect time to turn those leftover hard roll bits and pieces into homemade breadcrumbs! It only takes a minute and this method outlined by Scott in the video below makes great use of leftovers while saving you money at the same time!

YouTube video

These  Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls come out of the oven, and they are ready to eat! 

a parmesan sausage bread bowl
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Our guys loved these, even the younger ones, proclaiming that there was “just the right amount of kick” in them. Not too spicy but just right!  Give these Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls a try, please be sure and let us know what you think of them!

What are your secrets to making great-tasting and easy to make comfort foods for your family? We would love to know. Please leave a comment to tell us, below.


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Parmesan Sausage Bread Bowls

5 from 10 votes
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 People


  • 1 can RO*TEL Original flavor
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium size white onion, coarse chop
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 6 large hard rolls
  • Italian, flat leaf parsley to garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Heat olive oil in medium size skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onions, sautée until soft and translucent
  • Add sausage to pan, sir and brown.
  • Stir in RO*TEL Original and black beans, add tomato paste to thicken a bit.
  • Reduce heat to low, stir occasionally allow remaining liquid to reduce..
  • Using serrated knife, carefully cut tops off from hard rolls. Use table fork to gently scrape out insides of each roll to create a bowl. Reserve leftover tops and inside of rolls for breadcrumbs for later use (optional kitchen hack.)
  • Place bread bowls on a large cookie sheet.
  • Fill each bowl with with RO*TEL and sausage mixture.
  • Top each bread bowl with Parmesan cheese.
  • Place in oven and bake 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from oven, garnish with optional Italian parsley if desired.
  • Serve immediately.


If you don't have sausage, you can substitute it for ground beef, chicken, or turkey.


Calories: 557kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 1308mg, Potassium: 534mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 106IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 195mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Comfort food
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Ohhh – these bread bowls look so good n kinda make me hungry now 🙂 the recipe is so simple n the hack is awesome!

  2. I am loving these bowls of sausage, cheesy goodness!!! This is definitely a meal my whole family will LOVE and what a great idea for the extra bread filling to be used as breadcrumbs!! Love no waste there!! Cant wait to make this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    You are using a staple in our house — Ro-Tel tomatoes. We love that little can full of powerful goodness. Your bread bowls sound fantastic. I can’t decide whether I’d want one for lunch or for breakfast. Great job!!

  4. 5 stars
    My husband would be over the moon for these parmesan sausage bread bowls! They look so delicious! And what a brilliant idea to make breadcrumbs from the left over bread bowls! #client

    1. Thanks so much for the great comments, Amber! We had a wonderful time creating this recipe and indeed our whole family loved it. I can hardly wait to see what use we find for those yummy breadcrumbs – stay tuned!

  5. These look tasty and super easy! I’d substitute the sausage meat for ground turkey or chicken since I don’t eat red meat, but I think they’d still be just as delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Agreed, Danya. You could even do these with just veggies and it would be a great meal, all crowned with the Parmesan cheese!

  6. I’ve decided there should be more sausage bread bowls on our weekly menus at our house! These look wonderful! It’s a cold, drizzly day outside here…perfect for these! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the kind comments, Michelle! These were a genuine hit at our dinner table, and so easy to make; I hope you give them a try!