Pappa Al Pomodoro (Tuscan Bread Soup)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

I made Dark Tuscan Bread (Pane Toscano Scuro) Dark Tuscan Bread (Pane Toscano Scuro) , and I needed a recipe to use up the stale bits. I made this soup and it was lovely and such a handy way to use up stale bread! Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. You can use any bread you like, but a tuscan bread is the best.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add olive oil and crushed garlic.
  2. When the garlic flavors infuse oil, add the red pepper flakes being careful not to burn them.
  3. Add the whole can of tomatoes into the pot, then using a spatula cut the tomatoes into chunks.
  4. Add salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  5. (Remember, bread chunks will be added to this so make it a bit saltier then you would like it to be.)
  6. Add water and stir.
  7. With your hands, pull the bread into bite-sized chunks, then add them to the pot.
  8. "Toss" (do not stir) bread chunks in to the soup.
  9. Add basil leaves.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy!
Most Helpful

This is a great recipe, I just tweaked it a bit for my taste. I added red wine vinegar to give it a little bit of a flavorful tang and crushed red pepper flakes for a nice warm heat. Good one!

whippoorwill777 March 15, 2014

This was so good!! The fresh basil added a wonderful flavor. Thanks!!

Coastiehoney February 02, 2010

All I can say is YUM!!!! This is a keeper!!!!! Made as listed with the exception I used pesto instead of fresh basil, as I was out. Will be making again!

sconehead January 24, 2010