Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan Tomato Soup)

Andy Anderson !


This rustic dish is Summer’s comfort food. There are a lot of American variations of this soup; however, the Tuscan version is the one that I love the most.

Via della Chiesa Artimino, near Carmignano has the best I've ever had in Tuscany.

It's a small unassuming place, and you might just miss it as you drive by; however, make the stop because the cuisine is incredible.

But bring cash, because the last time I was there they still didn't accept credit cards.

So, you ready... let's get into the kitchen.

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20 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


28 oz
canned good whole peeled tomatoes, like cento
2 clove
garlic, minced
2 Tbsp
fresh italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp
fennel seeds
3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
4 sprig(s)
basil and remember, always cut fresh basil with your hands, never with a knife or scissors
6 oz
stale tuscan bread


1Gather your ingredients.
2Chop the parsley, and mince the garlic.
3Crush the tomatoes, using the chef's best tools... his or her hands.
4You should have about 2 cups of stale breadcrumbs.
5In a saucepan over medium heat, add the fennel seeds and toss them in the pan until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
6Add the olive oil to the saucepan.
7Add the garlic to the saucepan.
8Saute until the garlic begins to color, 1 to 2 minutes.
9Add the crushed tomatoes and parsley to the saucepan.
10Allow to come up to a simmer, and then season with salt, and pepper.
11Add the stale bread and mix into the sauce.
12Chef's Note: The fundamental ingredient of this dish is stale bread. No amount of toasting or grilling of non-stale bread will result in the rock-hard, super-dry bread you need to make pappa al pomodoro. You need STALE bread.
13Add the basil and combine with the sauce.
14Serve while still nice and hot with some good (salty) cheese. Enjoy
15Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom