One of the dishes that I saw on nearly every menu in Italy was Pappa al Pomodoro – a tomato soup thickened with bread. I ordered it at the Golden View Ristorante in Florence and loved it. Claire Robinson’s Roasted Tomato-Bread Soup recipe is very similar to the the one I had in Italy.
Roasted Tomato-Bread Soup
- 1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered and seeded
- 3 tablespoons garlic-infused extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup finely sliced fresh basil leaves, plus more leaves for garnish
- 1(28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 loaf sourdough baguette (day-old) or 1/4 loaf country bread, torn into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Put the tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, toss with 2 tablespoons of the garlic oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast until the tomatoes are softened and the edges are beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the garlic oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the basil and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the canned tomatoes with their juice and the water; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the bread and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir the oven-roasted tomatoes and any cooking juices into the saucepan and simmer for another 3 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adjusting if necessary, and ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with a drizzle of garlic olive oil and basil leaves.