Pappa al Pomodoro {Tomato and Bread Soup}


Next to making PANZANELLA for me, the next best thing to make with stale bread is this hearty Tuscan tomato and bread soup, Pappa al Pomodoro. It will warm you from head to toe and fill you completely. The ingredient list is short and simple and if you have a garden most of them are probably growing uncontrollably in them right now.

Soup is many things to many people. Early in  my life soups were something I only ate when I wasn’t feeling well. But now they’re also something I turn to when I want something filling without a lot of fuss. Soups also make me think of my friend Tami. She is by far the soup queen and makes me drool with her weekly Saturday Soup posts. If you enjoy soups you should click to her site with lightning speed. Be prepared to stay a while, her photography is stunning as is her writing.

Then grab your tomatoes, basil, garlic and stale bread. Put a pot on the stove and let’s make soup! This one is wonderful year round!


Pappa al Pomodoro {Tomato and Bread Soup}
What you’ll need:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic – minced
1/4 cup basil – roughly chopped
1 pound fresh tomatoes – peeled, chopped
stale bread – roughly torn/chopped {I used 1/4 of a french baguette}
3 cups hot water – more if necessary

What to do:
1. Into a deep sided pot {or stock pot} add: olive oil, garlic, and basil. Heat over medium heat for approximately 2 minutes until oil is warm. Add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 15 minutes, stirring as necessary.

2. Add water. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 45 minutes. If water level decreases too much add more hot water.

3. Remove pot from heat. Check for seasoning. Add if necessary. Add bread. Stir to combine. Allow soup to sit at least 3o minutes prior to serving.

4. Garnish with additional basil and a drizzle of olive oil.


  1. 1

    Mama HELP ME this looks too good to be true.

  2. 2

    love. want. gorgeous!

  3. 3

    LOVE this soup. And I love all of Tami’s soups too! Isn’t she the soup goddess?

    I love that this is a great way use tomatoes that doesn’t require the oven 😉

  4. 4

    Yum! So simple, but so good!

  5. 5

    What a simple, gorgeous summer soup, perfect way to use all the beautiful ripe tomatoes that are available this time of year!

  6. 6

    I just discovered your blog. Italian food is my favorite and I think I have died and gone to heaven! Just added your blog to my Google reader.

  7. 7

    Delicious – and your photos are fantastic too.

  8. 8

    I have heard of this recipe before, but your picture is making me crave it right now. All of these flavors with the softened bread sounds a-mazing!! What a great way to use the tomatoes that we all have right now – yum!

  9. 9

    That looks positively divine!

  10. 10

    Looks absolutely lovely! I have a bowl of tomatoes that I just picked from my garden… they are calling out for this!

  11. 11

    That looks delicious!!! We have so many tomatoes in our garden and I am definitely putting this recipe on the list!

  12. 12

    With the temperatures now dropping I am craving soups. This one looks scrumptious 🙂

  13. 13

    That looks delicious! Something I would never have thought to put together on my own. Thanks!

  14. 14

    It’s an amazing time of year for this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it 🙂

  15. 15

    This looks so delish. Perfect for all of the tomatoes in my garden now too.

  16. 16

    I love panzanella too. This soup is so creative! I love this idea.

  17. 17

    I learned to make this soup at a beautiful ‘resort’ in Tuscany a few years ago. This is exactly the method we used…and it’s my favorite! Thanks for this!

  18. 18

    Another great idea for all of my tomatoes. I’m sharing on my RE facebook page today! Thank you, Paula!

  19. 19
    Ala /

    This might be to die for with burrata on the side! Thank you!

  20. 20

    Late to the game on leaving a comment but thanks for the shout-out, sweetie! This looks AMAZING. Of all the soups I’ve made, this isn’t one of them. Going on the list right now! xo


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