Winter is officially here. The weather has changed over the last few days and it is freezing here in the North East, I even had my gloves on today brrr!!!
A hearty soup is what you need and what better than a thick winter warmer like this.
Pappa al Pomodoro is traditional Italian dish and like many countries where bread is baked or bought daily it would never be discarded just because it has gone stale. It would just be used in another recipe like this lovely soup.
Pappa al Pomodoro is Tuscan from the Siena area and typical of la cucina povera which translated literally means “poor kitchen” where frugal cooks use anything left over as the backbone of a new dish.
2 large tomatoes
400g can chopped or plum tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
15-20 basil leaves
4-5 slices stale rustic/country style bread
Optional sprinkle of parmesan cheese
Peel and crush/slice the garlic cloves
Warm the olive oil in a pan on a low heat and add the garlic let them soften
Roughly chop the tomatoes and add to the pan
Add the 400g can of tomatoes then fill the empty can with water and add to the pan
Bring to the boil and then immediately turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes
Add the basil leaves, season with salt and pepper and continue to simmer for 15 minutes
Tear up the slices of bread and push them down into the soup
Serve in deep bowls add a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese