Tomato and Bread Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

Tomato and Bread Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)
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Tomato and Bread Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)
Felicia Perretti

Tomato and Bread Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

What I love about Nora Pouillon’s version of this Tuscan dish is that she keeps its rustic character. She doesn’t peel the tomatoes nor does she strain away the seeds. It’s a straightforward and delicious recipe that’s really quick to make, too. There’s bread in the soup, so just serve a tossed salad on the side. Adapted from Restaurant Nora, Washington, DC — Soup of the Day by Ellen Brown

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6
Servings
824
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

The soup can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated, tightly covered. Reheat it over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add stock or water if the soup needs thinning after reheating.

Add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest along with the garlic.
Substitute crushed red pepper flakes for the black pepper.

Don’t be stingy with the salt in this dish. There’s a large amount of very bland bread serving as the thickening agent and unless you salt the soup sufficiently the wonderful ripe tomato flavor won’t sing in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 4 Cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 Cups firmly packed day-old country bread, diced
  • ½ Cup firmly packed fresh sliced basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for passing

Directions

Combine the tomatoes and stock in a 4-quart soup pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until the tomatoes break down.

Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 to 45 seconds, or until the garlic begins to brown.

Stir the garlic and bread cubes into the soup and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the bread falls apart.

Stir in the basil and season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, passing the cheese separately at the table.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
6mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
166g
100%
Protein
22g
48%
Vitamin A, RAE
16µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
175mg
18%
Choline, total
37mg
9%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
291µg
73%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
80mg
25%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
288mg
41%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
83µg
100%
Sodium, Na
2541mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
245g
9%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.