The bread and tomato soup or pappa al pomodoro is one of the most iconic examples of simple Tuscany cuisine.
It is a wonderful peasant food, made with stale bread and tomatoes, two of the cheapest things to find in Italy.
The bread and tomato soup is very low in calories, rich in antioxidants and micronutrients. Compared to the original recipe, I lowered the fat, reducing the olive oil, and increased the proteins, adding some nutritional yeast, which gives and extra earthy flavour to the soup. The recipe is for two servings, the nutritional facts are for 1 serving.
|Bread and tomato soup – 1 serving|
Some ingredients miss the price because I already had them
- 400gr of ripe tomatoes (1.4$ for 1/2kg of organic tomatoes. I added two tbsp of canned chopped tomatoes for some extra flavour)
- 150gr of stale bread (I used no-salt wholewheat bread)
- 1/2 onion
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp of Olive oil
- 1 tbsp of Nutritional yeast
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Wash the tomatoes and boil them for 1 minute.
- Peel them and take out the seeds. Chop in small pieces.
- In a pot warm some water (or use some cooking spray, or olive oil if you don’t count the calories) and add the garlic clove.
- Finely chop the onion.
- Take out the garlic clove once golden brown, and add the chopped onion.
- Add some water if required, to soften the onion, then add the tomatoes.
- Increase the heat and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
- Cut both the bread and the basil in thin slices and add them to the tomatoes.
- Stir and lower the heat. Add salt, pepper and a cup of water.
- Let the bread and tomato soup simmer for about 30 minutes on low heat, stirring it often.
- Once the soup is soft and smooth, add the nutritional yeast and stir one last time before taking it out from the stove.
- Pour it into serving bowls, let it cool down for 3-5 minutes, and top with some olive oil and basil leaves.
The bread and tomato soup is also great the day after, kept in the fridge and served at room temperature. Enjoy!
PS: original recipe in Italian here.