This simple recipe will teach you how to prepare authentic Italian tomato bruschetta. This Bruschetta al Pomodoro is ideal for any summer gathering.

 

Bruschetta is a traditional Italian appetizer made with fresh ingredients. This is likely one of the simplest bruschetta recipes you’ll ever make, yet it’s still delicious and satisfying.

It’s a quick and easy recipe that’s great as an appetizer before lunch or supper. You can serve it at a party or during a family dinner.

You need simply inexpensive, accessible ingredients and a toasted baguette or bread to make it. In addition, you can add your preferred spices and herbs, as well as any other ingredient you have on hand. Because it’s made with entire ingredients, it’s also a really refreshing and healthful dish!

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What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an antipasto (appetizer) made of toasted bread and a variety of toppings. Bruschetta is traditionally just grilled bread with rubbed raw garlic on it and drizzled with olive oil.

But nowadays, in Italy, bruschetta is prepared in a variety of ways, so the term refers to crusty bread with any toppings, including vegetables, cured meats, and cheese, to mention a few.

The term bruschetta relates to the method of making the bread. Toast is what bruscare-abbrustolire means (the grilled bread over a fireplace or in an oven).

The Origins of Pomodoro Bruschetta

The origin of this dish date back to ancient times, when bread was scarce, and people saved each slice. The next day, a traditional method of repurposing bread was to roast it and season it with salt and oil. Stale old bread became crispy and tasty in this method.

The word bruschetta derives from the Old Italian verb bruscare, which means “to roast.”Bruschetta gained popularity with time, and you can now find it in practically every Italian pizzeria. It’s a great snack to keep your stomach calm as you wait for your pizza.

Original Recipe for Bruschetta al Pomodoro

The traditional bruschetta is made of oil, a touch of salt, garlic, oregano, and tomatoes. The basic formula evolved over time, and a lot of variations appeared. Bruschettas are now available with nearly every ingredient, including peppers, beans, eggplants, onions, olive cream, and even gourmet versions, even with truffle patè or salmon. In a country like Italy, where food is so diverse, it won’t surprise you to learn that you can put almost anything on top of toasted bread. Your imagination is the only limit.

 

We can now go on to the recipe.

Bruschetta al Pomodoro ingredients in white bowls

How To Make Bruschetta Al Pomodoro?

How can you amaze dinner guests with bruschetta? Here’s the basic recipe for bruschetta. To make this tomato bruschetta, you only need a few simple components, which stresses the importance of utilizing the best possible ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes

Which tomatoes to use: Use the freshest, most ripe tomatoes you can find. They will have the best, purest flavor. I prefer Roma tomatoes, although cherry tomatoes would be fine if they are ripe.

The way the tomatoes are chopped varies greatly depending on where you are in Italy. Some regions provide tomato slices, while others serve chopped. The chopped version is our favorite.

  • Garlic

You simply can’t miss the garlicky flavor! Use fresh garlic, minced by hand or with a garlic press. Garlic from a jar isn’t the same as fresh garlic.

  • Basil

Another special and main ingredient of this dish. I used fresh basil. Fresh is the only way to go. Big handfuls are needed, whether they come from the garden or a grocery shop.

  • Oil

I used extra virgin Olive oil because it is healthier, but any oil will suffice. To add richness to the tomato mixture, we’ll stir some in.

  • Salt

The salt is used to balance out the flavors.

  • Italian or French baguette

You can prepare bruschetta using a baguette or a gluten-free loaf. A good-quality loaf of bread is needed. Whether white, wheat or multigrain, rustic Italian bread is ideal for bruschetta.

Direction:

In a large bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil leaves, and salt. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Brush each slice of bread on both sides with olive oil. Place bread on a baking sheet and toast for about 5 minutes; flip bread and toast for 5 minutes until crispy.

Rub the top of each slice with half a clove of garlic. Place the slices on a platter and top with tomatoes, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use high-quality ingredients and keep it simple—extra virgin olive oil, in particular.
  • Instead of cutting basil leaves with a knife, pull them apart with your hands. Basil will stay fresh and brilliant in color as a result of this. If you cut it with a knife, it can turn black more quickly. If you tear it, the green color stays longer.
  • To enhance the aroma, rub garlic on the grilled baguette /bread while it is still warm.
  • For maximum flavor, drizzle the leftover tomato juice over bruschetta.
  • You can use any fresh or dried spices or herbs you choose.
  • This recipe works with any bread you have, but remember that not all bread are vegan.
Close up Bruschetta al Pomodoro

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I Make The Tomato Topping For Bruschetta Ahead Of Time?

Make the bruschetta topping a few hours ahead of time. Put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it—pile it on top of the heated loaves with a bit of additional fresh basil.

Or, if serving at a party: Arrange the baguette/bread on a dish and have the tomato bowl prepared for people to add their own toppings to the bruschetta.

Can I Toast Bread For Bruschetta Ahead Of Time?

You certainly can! Prepare the crisp bread (with or without char lines) ahead of time. Once it has cooled, put it in a container that won’t let air in.

When ready to serve, warm for 5 minutes in the oven before proceeding with the garlic step.

What Are The Best Tomatoes For Bruschetta?

You may use any type of fresh tomato you have on hand, including cherry tomatoes, salad tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, and even heirloom tomatoes. Just make sure they’re ripe and fresh. Take advantage of the fact that tomatoes are in season during the summer. The juicier the tomatoes, the superior the bruschetta!

Cherry tomatoes are an excellent choice for bruschetta due to their small size and ease of cutting.

How Long Will The Bruschetta Mixture Keep?

If you have leftover tomato mixture, store it in the refrigerator for one to two days in an airtight container.

What To Do With The Bruschetta Leftovers?

You can make a variety of dishes using the leftover tomato mixture. Serve them with seitan, vegan tacos, and vegan burritos, or mix them with sauteed kale for a more flavorful combination.

Which Bread To Use For Bruschetta?

This appetizer is best served with a good crusty, rustic bread. You’ll want dense-crumbed bread to hold up to the tomato liquids. If you like, you can even prepare your own homemade bread.

Once you’ve determined the type of bread to use, slice it into half-inch (1.27cm) thick slices; any thinner bread will break when the tomatoes are placed on top.

Delicious Topping Ideas For Your Bruschetta

Finally, once you’ve mastered the fundamental bruschetta recipe, you may experiment around with numerous variations. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Basil, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella
  • Honey, apple, and brie
  • Caramelized onions, figs, and goat cheese
  • Ricotta, peach, and prosciutto
  • Pomegranate with cranberry
  • Honey with pecorino cheese

What Goes Well With Bruschetta?

In addition to being an appetizer, bruschetta can be served as a main meal, with various toppings such as meats or vegetables and Italian wine.

Is Bruschetta Al Pomodoro Vegan?

“Bruschetta made with tomatoes is a traditional Italian dish that is quick and easy to prepare, as well as vegan. It can be served as an antipasto (appetizer) or a main dish, and it’s made with simple, healthful ingredients. This recipe is simple, healthful, crunchy, yummy, and comforting all at the same time.

What Is Pomodoro And Pasta al Pomodoro?

Pomodoro is an Italian word that means “tomato.”

Pasta al Pomodoro is a traditional Italian dish made with pasta, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and other fresh ingredients. It’s meant to be a light, fast dish rather than one with a heavy sauce. 

What Is The Difference Between Marinara And Pomodoro?

Marinara sauce is made from tomatoes, and it is liquidy and chunky. Pomodoro sauce, on the other hand, is made from the same ingredients, but it is thicker.

 

That’s all for today!

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 233 kcal / 974 kJ
  • Fat: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 8.4 g
  • Carbs: 40.1 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • For: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl toss together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil leaves, and salt. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Brush each slice of bread on both sides with olive oil.
  4. Place bread on a baking sheet and toast for about 5 minutes, flip bread and toast for 5 minutes until crispy.
  5. Rub the top of each slice with half a clove of garlic.
  6. Place the slices on a platter and top with tomatoes and serve immediately.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.