A classic in the ‘Cucina Povera‘ (Poor Man’s Kitchen) Bread Soup can be found in various forms all over the Mediterranean. Pane Cotto, Popara, Tirit, and Ribollita are just few versions of brothy dishes made from bread. Most are savoury, some are sweet. Some are simple, some are rich. This recipe is incredibly simple, laying a tomato broth on top of stale bread.
For two you will need:
1 Clove Garlic – smashed
1 Punnet Cherry Tomatoes – halved
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups Water
Salt & Pepper
Pinch of Herbs – Oregano / Marjoram / Mint / Basil
Slices of Stale Bread
In 1tbsp Olive oil, saute garlic and cherry tomatoes until skins have loosened and tomatoes break down.
Add water and simmer for five minutes. Blitz until smooth and season to tast adding herbs if desired.
Lay slices of bread in a bowl, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
Ladle broth on top, and leave for a few minutes before eating.
Simple, cheap and tasty.