Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe

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HTuscan recipe good for your frantic days, when you do not have much time to cook, but at the same time canned soup feels like deja vu all over again.
Pappa al Pomodoro is the solution, especially if you like tomatoes. It is a fine dish eaten hot or cold. You can even reheat it and it will be just as good, if not even better. This makes it nice for all seasons. The only difficult thing might be to get tasty ripe tomatoes, but good quality peeled canned tomatoes are just as fine. Another ingredient that is hard to substitute is stale Tuscan bread. It has to be stale (really dry) as otherwise it won’t take water the proper way and will become too mushy. Do not get sliced bread in a pack, it is too sweet, salty and it is way too soft. It will almost dissolve in the tomato and spoil your recipe. If you are not able to find Tuscan bread, at least try to get a French baguette (stale and dry!). Also the ingredients are for 4 people. Change the quantities according to your needs.

Ingredients: 1 kilo of ripe tomatoes, 350 grams of stale bread, 100 grams of olive oil, 1.5 liters of mildly salted stock or water, 2 to 4 cloves of garlic (to taste), Plenty of fresh basil, Salt, Pepper

Preparation:
Florentine way
Wash the tomatoes, remove seeds, chop them then cook over medium heat. Sieve after cooking. Same procedure for canned peeled tomatoes. Slice the bread and toast in the oven. Bring the stock (or water) to boil, then add the mashed tomatoes, the slices of bread, olive oil, the chopped garlic, whole basil sticks with leaves (which will then be removed) and salt and pepper. Cook until the liquid is almost completely evaporated, stirring often so the bread becomes dense. This soup is served hot or cold. Pour a twirl of olive oil over it on each dish.
Sienese Way
The pappa al pomodoro can also be prepared by browning onion, garlic and basil and then adding the tomatoes into small pieces. After half an hour add the bread slices, the water and continue cooking until the bread turns into a dense mass.

According to another variant the Pappa is prepared throwing everything in the pan at the same time, the slices of bread, olive oil, chopped garlic and basil, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and water or broth.

Suit yourself, choose which variation you like best. In any case it is an excellent Tuscan recipe!