Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pappa Al Pomodoro


The time has escaped~such a lengthy time between posts! I have been on the road and busy with my business. Hopefully I will be able to catch up reading all your wonderful entries during the upcoming holiday here in the States.
A quick trip to Italy since my last post.......and my number one favorite dish for the cool days October brought was this fabulous Tuscan soup~ Pappa Al Pomodoro. Clearly there are numerous recipes written about this "mushie" bread and tomato Italian dish, but this is the one I enjoyed the most. Don't forget that added drizzle of extra virgin oil into the bowl before serving!
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Crushed garlic cloves
3 Cups of chicken broth/stock, heated
10 or more fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 Pounds of fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed.
1/2 Loaf or approximately 12 oz. of "leftover" bread ~ left over from the night before! Use thick slices of country bread or ciabatta, discard the crusts.
1 Medium onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the tomatoes and seasonings. Toss in the shredded bread pieces into the tomato mixture. Slowly add the stock . Cook and stir until the soup thickens and is heated throughout. Remove from heat and add the basil. Cover and let the soup rest. You can serve this soup at room temperature or reheat to your liking! Don't forget the Parmesan cheese! This really adds so much extra flavor.

19 comments:

Simona said...

So good to read your post, Jann! Pappa al pomodoro is indeed a perfect dish for the fall and yours looks delicious.

Mimi said...

For the past two years, we've been making Italian and Provencal or Greek dishes on Christmas Eve. This may well be one of them! Thanks, Jann!

Betty C. said...

Glad to see you're back on the blog circuit and that you had a great time in Italy. Hope to be hearing more from you!

K & S said...

Welcome back, can't wait to hear all about your adventures. This looks perfect for a nippy evening like tonight!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

You have been missing and missed!
This Pappa al pomodoro is fantastic sounding and looking. Great plates. It was 80° in Dallas today, I think we're skipping fall.

T.W. Barritt said...

Welcome back, Jann - you've been missed! Well, you've just kicked off my week right - what an inviting and mouthwatering photo!

Jann said...

Simona~good to hear from you! Have you recovered from your move? Christine said you were all together for dinner one eve? What fun!

Mimi ~ This is the dish that really puts me in my Italian mood..pouring extra olive olive on the top and sprinkling the cheese makes me feel to Italian...he he! This is so delicious!

Jann said...

Betty ~Thank you for welcoming me back...how wonderful to hear from the blogger friends and to know I I was missed. I missed eveyone, also! Have so much catching up to do, which I will!

Jann said...

K&S~ Wondering how things have been in your area of the world-I need to catch up to read what interesting things you have been experiencing....will do it as soon as I can. I have missed reading your blogs!

Jann said...

My Kitchen~ What wonderful weather you must be experiencing~back here in Florida it is finally the way I prefer it, no humidity! I can not wait to start reading your blog and posts again-I have missed you, too-will catch up soon!Take care~

Jann said...

t.w. Thank you for stopping by. I am thrilled that my blogger buddies know I still am around, just was away and got pretty bogged down with work. I will be anxious to read all about what you have been creating-you take care and thanks again for the warm welcome back!

Lydia said...

Welcome back! I remember the first time I tasted this soup, in a small ristorante in Florence. I've made it many times since, but it's never tasted as good as that first bowl.

katiez said...

Nice to hear your voice again!
Now you've got me thinking Italian.... that looks sooo good!
Hope you had a wonderful trip!

Christine said...

It's so great to see you posting again, Jann. That dish! So rustic, so comforting, so simply appealing! I'm saving it right now.

winedeb said...

Hey Jan, you are back! Cool! I kept checking in wondering where you were off to...a place I would love to visit! And thank you for bringing us this wonderful dish! Tomatoes are on the top of my veggie list.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Good to have you back! What a beauty of a soup...I could certainly dig into a bowl of that!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

It is good to have you back and timely too as tonight our kitchen is heading to Italy and will be staying there on and off for the next week or so. This recipe is going on the list.

Peabody said...

You know, I just had a friend ask me if I had a recipe for this and I had to turn them away...now I know where to send them. Looks great.

Cynthia said...

Hmmm, this indeed looks comforting.