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Tuscan Delights: The Perfect Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe

Indulge in the authentic flavors of Tuscany with this featured recipe – the classic Pappa al Pomodoro. This beloved Tuscan dish encapsulates the essence of simplicity and the rich taste of sun-ripened tomatoes. Join us in exploring the culinary traditions of the region as we guide you through the preparation of this delectable dish.


  • 1 kg ripe tomatoes
  • 4 cups stale Tuscan bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable or chicken broth (optional)


Prepare the Tomatoes:

  • Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute. Peel, deseed, and roughly chop them.
boiling tomatoes

Sauté Garlic and Olive Oil:

  • In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until golden.
cooking with olive oil

Add Tomatoes and Basil:

  • Incorporate the chopped tomatoes into the pan. Tear fresh basil leaves and add them to the mixture. Simmer until the tomatoes break down.
tomato and basil

Add Bread and Broth:

  • Introduce the torn Tuscan bread to the tomato mixture. Stir well. If a thinner consistency is desired, add vegetable or chicken broth.
tuscan bread

Simmer to Perfection:

  • Allow the mixture to simmer until the bread is fully incorporated and the soup reaches a thick, creamy consistency.
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Season to Taste:

  • Season with salt and pepper to achieve the perfect balance of flavors.
Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Ladle the Pappa al Pomodoro into bowls. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve warm and savor the taste of Tuscany!
Pappa al Pomodoro
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