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Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup (No Croutons Required Challenge)

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Today’s featured dish from one of my favourite cookbooks, How to Cook Italian by Giuliano Hazan, is a Tuscan ‘poor man’s soup’ made with a few simple, healthy, fresh ingredients.  Historically, this recipe was a way to use up stale bread so it didn’t go to waste (something I still find useful now).

I loved this delicious soup; the broth with a full tomato and herb depth of flavour, made richer by the olive oil and lovely hearty bread pieces thickening it up.  The best recipes are like this; good quality, easily-accessible ingredients, no fancy kitchen gadgets or endless chopping and dicing and perfect for everyone from little ones to adults; everybody sitting around a scrubbed wooden table enjoying the company and the food.  Vegetable stock was the base in this dish instead of the traditional beef and I used a good, crusty, Italian bread to stand up to simmering in the soup.

This lovely, classic soup is a welcome peasant dish in a world where we tend to lean towards ostentatious, needless fussing over food.

It’s time to come back to basics.



Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes and Dom from Belleau Kitchen have teamed up for this fun, random soup recipe challenge.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Note:  if anybody would like this recipe, feel free to contact me.

    11 Responses leave one →
    1. November 9, 2011

      Yum! Looks like the perfect use for my end of season tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!

    2. November 11, 2011

      Lovely entry and such beautiful photos. I just want to dive in :)

    3. November 11, 2011

      Thanks lovelies :)

    4. November 13, 2011

      STUNNING pictures Emma, this soup looks divine, just up my street, thanks so much for taking part this month!

    5. November 17, 2011

      A gorgeous, back-to-the-basics dish. I would so, so love to have a taste of this soup… it must warm the soul!

    6. Debbie permalink
      December 14, 2011

      I would love the recipe, it looks so yummy!

    7. michelle permalink
      December 14, 2011

      I would love it if you could send me the recipe!

    8. December 14, 2011

      Hi Debbie and Michelle,

      The recipe was sent today. Hope you enjoy making it :)

    9. Laura permalink
      December 26, 2011

      This looks amazing! Could you please send me the recipe? Thanks!

    10. Melissa permalink
      January 2, 2012

      I would like the Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup recipe.

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