Pappa al pomodoro: ricetta originale e varianti golose

Tomato soup: original recipe and delicious variations

Preparation time
70 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
100 minutes
Cuisine type


  • 500 g di pomodori maturi freschi o pelati in scatola
  • 300 g di pane toscano raffermo (o altro pane casereccio senza sale)
  • 1 litro di brodo vegetale o acqua
  • 1 cipolla piccola, tritata finemente
  • 2 spicchi d'aglio, schiacciati
  • Un mazzetto di basilico fresco
  • 4-5 cucchiai di olio extravergine d'oliva
  • Sale e pepe nero macinato fresco, a piacere
  • Peperoncino rosso secco (facoltativo)

When we talk about tomato soup, original recipe and imaginative variations go hand in hand: this simple and very tasty preparation, in fact, can be enjoyed both in the traditional version and in many alternatives perfect for surprising guests. Read on to get inspired.

Original recipe: grandmother's tomato soup

Tomato soup is one of those poor traditional peasant foods that never cease to make us feel at home. Excellent truly genuine comfort food, this Tuscan dish is prepared according to tradition using stale bread, tomatoes (peeled or pureed), garlic, basil and a generous quantity of extra virgin olive oil.
Born to recover leftover bread, today tomato soup is proudly served in typical restaurants and in the homes of those who love the flavor of traditional dishes. Perfect both as a warm winter soup and as a delicious warm single portion for a summer aperitif, tomato soup requires just a few simple ingredients.

    How is tomato soup made? As mentioned previously, the original tomato soup recipe involves the use of leftover bread, but of course nothing stops us from purchasing a loaf specifically to make this irresistible dish. To do this, start by preparing the classic vegetable broth (or purchasing a ready-made one, possibly with low sodium content). The bread, cut into thin slices, is toasted in a pre-heated oven for five minutes at 200° and then, once lukewarm, carefully rubbed with the peeled garlic cloves. Now simply place the slices in a large pan, cover them with the tomato puree and the vegetable broth and cook over a very low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until the bread has transformed into the famous "pappa ”. Once cooked, the time has come to sprinkle with salt and pepper, add the chopped basil (strictly by hand!) and garnish each dish with plenty of EVO oil.

    Tomato soup: versatile recipe with variations to try

    If the tomato soup “grandma's recipe” it's already one of your strong dishes, there are variations that will make you love this traditional dish even more every time you feel like changing the cards on the table. That's how:

    before pouring it into the pan, heat the tomato puree with a sauté of golden onion or, if you prefer, fresh leek
    replace the Tuscan bread with good wholemeal bread and, at the end of cooking, decorate each dish with a sprinkling of mixed seeds
    before pouring the tomato soup on the plates, “hide” the fresh stracciatella on the bottom: the contrast of flavors and temperatures will be irresistible!
    for a Gourmet tomato soup , change the color of the dish using our yellow cherry tomato puree: a sweet and lively variant perfect for summer

    You can't wait to prepare your next one Quick tomato soup ? Try it with Inserbo pastes: you can find them all here .

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