Written by Maria Pistocchi — Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Don't trow away your stale bread.
Every day there's a thought in my mind: how do I reuse stale bread that otherwise I should throw away? One of the easiest and funniest trick I know is to prepare the tomato soup also known as pappa al pomodoro, a dish that is part of the "poor" Tuscan cuisine.
Tuscan bread is called "sciocco" (litteraly "silly" in English) because it is made without salt; that would be, of course, the right bread to make the tomato soup, but we can prepare that dish with any bread available.
Chop the chili pepper into small pieces and put it into a saucepan, together with some olive oil and the garlic (not chopped, otherwise it's too strong).
Light up the fire and let those ingredients brown a bit. Then add the tomato sauce and cook everything for 7/8 minutes until the tomato has retired.
Add some salt at will.
Take the stale bread and cut it into raw pieces, with your hand or with a knife and add it to the pan. Then, add to the tomato soup a glass of warm water and mix well.
Wait a couple of minutes until the bread is nicely mixed with the tomato soup. Put out the fire and add some chopped basil.
Let the soup rest for a while, covered with a lid.
Remove the garlic and let the soup cool. Season with a drizzle of olive oil and decorate the plate with two leaves of basil. Finally, if you like, you can put a bit of Parmesan cheese. Your "pappa al pomodoro" is ready. Enjoy yourself!
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