Classic Summery Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe from Tuscany

Viva la pappa pappa col popopopomodoro, viva la pappa e’ un capopolavoro🎶 🎶...

This is one of those songs that made the history of Italian music, known by all the Italians ever since they were children. It’s something my grandma used to sing to my mom when she was little. A generation later, my mom used to do the same to me, and two generations later I sang it to my kids to encourage them to eat.

Let’s contribute to make this song everlasting: learn the refrain, take the ingredients out of the larder and prepare the Pappa al pomodoro. This peasant recipe has earned a special spot in the Italian cuisine over the years. Originally from Tuscany, it’s known all over the Italian peninsula, thanks to its simplicity. The basic ingredients are only stale bread, ripe tomatoes and garlic. By adding a drizzle of Evo oil, a handful of basil leaves, and a dollop of mozzarella cream, you’ll get a great dish to be served to your kids… humming the Pappa al pomodoro song!

Pappa al Pomodoro - Traditional Recipe from Tuscany


Pappa al Pomodoro

Preparation Time: 5 minCooking Time: 40 min
TOTAL TIME: 45 min


  • 1 kg red ripe tomatoes
  • 400 – 500 g stale bread
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves
  • Hot water or broth
  • An handful of Basil leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4-6 tbsp EVO oil
  • 1 Mozzarella
  • EVO oil to drizzle
  • Chilli pepper, to taste


  • Wash the tomatoes under running water.  Remove the stems and cut a shallow “X” at the bottom of each tomato.  Fill a big pot with water and bring to a boil.  Then drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and cook for about 2-3 minutes.  With a skimmer pull them off and let them dry in a colander. 
  • Remove the skin and the seeds from the tomatoes. 
Ripe Tomato
Boiled Tomatoes
  • Chop the tomatoes into small pieces. 
  • Place a middle size saucepan on the heat, warm up and then add EVO oil, crashed garlic and chilli. 
Tomato and Basil Leaves in the making
  • Let sauté for a few minutes, remove the garlic, and add the tomato pulp and basil leaves.  Season with salt and cook for about 15 ‘- 20’. 
  • Cut the bread in small pieces, put them into the tomatoes sauce and mix carefully.  Pour in about 1 glass of hot water or broth, cover and let cook for about 20 minutes. The soup has to become thick, creamy and homogeneous.  Add more water if it gets too thick. 
  • Turn off the heat, add salt if needed and leave to rest for about 1 hour. 
  • Cube the mozzarella. Place it in a jar and with an immersion blender mix it pouring EVO oil (about 2 tbsp) until obtaining a creamy consistency.  If desired add 1-2 leaves of basil. 
  • Serve the tomato soup with a dollop, or more, of the mozzarella cream and a final drizzle of oil and pepper. 

Thanks to ROSSO MELOGRANO BLOG blog for this amazing recipe


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