Spoon UIUC teamed up with Food & Wine magazine to increase awareness about the problem of food waste on our campus. With a microgrant of just under $100, we created 10 original recipes to show you how you can transform leftover late-night eats into something equally amazing the next day.

Hi, my name is Shalayne, and I am of the opinion that having a relationship with Pizza Pie is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s been one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, long-lasting relationships in my life.

While I do support morning-after cold pizza, I’ve been searching for a way to spice up my ‘za. Thankfully, this recipe for crunchy, cheesy pizza croutons has been a game-changer. Drop them in tomato soup for a cozy get-together or toss them into your salad for a more adventurous pairing.

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Crunchy Leftover Pizza Croutons

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:6 minutes
  • Total Time:8 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 2 slices of leftover pizza
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 1

    Begin heating the tomato soup and remove the crust from your leftover pizza. Place one slice over the other so the cheese is on the inside. Cut into 1-inch squares as best you can.

    Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 2

    Coat a sauté pan with a healthy amount of vegetable oil and fry croutons for about 3 minutes or until the cheese between the slices melts and the bottom crust is golden brown.

    Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 3

    Flip each crouton and fry for another 3 minutes or until they are completely golden brown and crunchy.

    Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 4

    Drain the croutons on paper towel and toss over tomato soup, salad or snack on them alone.

    Photo by Julia Marks