Pappa Al Pomodoro (Tuscan Bread Soup)
Yum…this is one of my favorite comfort soups combining some of my favorite things: bread, tomatoes, and white beans!
I started off with onions and garlic, of course, and let these saute in a big soup pot until they were soft and starting to brown a little bit. Then, I added in some herbs and spices…basil, red pepper flakes, aleppo pepper flakes, turmeric, and a little allspice. I know it sounds like kind of a strange combination, but it gives the soup a little spiciness and warmth.
After the spices had heated up a little bit, I added the white beans to the pot. This time I decided to use white navy beans, but I’ve also used cannellini beans in this dish. The beans gave off a little liquid, so I let them hang out to reduce the liquid before the next step.
Next up was my favorite part – adding the tomatoes and liquid to make it into soup! I used a combination of diced and crushed tomatoes, plus added a little bit of veggie stock until it had the right soup-like consistency and then covered it to let the soup simmer and all the flavors combine.
While the soup was simmering away, I cut up cubes of bread to add to the soup. Of course, this then meant that our cat Kaley went on “bread hunt” mode in the kitchen. For some reason, she desperately loves bread so I spent the next 15 minutes defending the counter from her assaults until the soup was ready to have the bread added.
Finally, I mixed in the bread cubes and let them soak up the soup for a few minutes. The soup was perfect with a little freshly ground pepper on top!