Known in Tuscany and all over Italy as Pappa al pomodoro, this thick soup is made with tomatoes, Parmesan, and day-old bread. You can use this soup as base for a more gourmet dish, adding grilled fish or prawns on top.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Tomato Sauce:
Stock:

Directions

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  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add chopped onion, chopped carrot, and chopped celery. Cook until softened, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Stir in tomato passata and milk. Season with salt, cover and simmer tomato sauce until flavors are well combined, 20 minutes.

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  • Combine whole onion, whole carrot, and whole celery stalk in a stockpot; cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain vegetables and keep stock warm.

  • Stir 1 1/2 cups stock into tomato sauce. Add stale bread; stir and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the bread to soften.

  • Combine tomato-bread mixture, 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a blender; blend until mixture has consistency of a mousse.

  • Ladle soup into bowls and serve with shaved Parmesan cheese and drizzled with remaining olive oil. Garnish with basil leaves.

Tips

Cook's Note:

If you prepare the soup in advance, you can just reheat it, but add about 1/2 cup of stock to the soup to get the right consistency.

Nutrition Facts

561 calories; protein 22.4g; carbohydrates 65.7g; fat 24.8g; cholesterol 24.8mg; sodium 1225.7mg. Full Nutrition
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