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Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan Bread and Tomato Soup) in a white bowl on a dark surface with a fresh tomato and basil leaves.

Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan Bread & Tomato Soup)

Pappa al Pomodoro is an easy tomato soup that's turned into a porridge by adding crusty bread. The bread not only thickens the soup, but it also imparts its own nutty flavor and umami, which makes this a great on its own, or as a side for other dishes.
Course Sides, Soups & Stews
Cuisine Italian
Keyword porridge, winter
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Bread, Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279 kcal


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 grams garlic (crushed and chopped)
  • 70 grams red onion (sliced)
  • 125 grams crusty bread (cubed)
  • 180 grams fresh tomato (1 medium tomato, diced)
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 10 grams basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat until hot and add the olive oil, garlic, and red onions. Saute until they're translucent and tender, but not so long that they brown.
    Olive oil in a hot pot.
  2. Add the cubed bread and continue to saute until the bread has soaked up all of the oil, and it's gotten nice and crusty around the edges.
    Garlic, onions, and bread sautéed in olive oil.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and puree and add about 1/3 cup of water to the bottle or can and pour this in as well.
    Adding tomatoes to sautéed bread.
  4. Tear in the basil leaves and mix everything together once before covering the pot with a lid and turning down the heat to low. Allow this to gently simmer for about 10 minutes. If you start heating the porridge sizzle, you may need to add a bit more water to keep it from burning.
    Adding fresh basil leaves to bread and tomato soup.
  5. Stir the Pappa al Pomodoro until the bread starts to dissolve and makes the porridge creamy.
    Stirring Tuscan bread and tomato porridge together in a pot.
  6. Both bread and tomato puree can contain varying amounts of salt, so taste the porridge and season the porridge to taste. I usually add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
    Seasoning a pot of Tuscan Bread and Tomato Soup with salt.
  7. Serve the Pappa al Pomodoro drizzled with some extra olive oil and some more fresh basil leaves torn on top.
    Pappa al Pomodoro garnished with a drizzle of olive oil and torn basil leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan Bread & Tomato Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 491mg20%
Potassium 757mg22%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.