Speedy papa al pomodoro served in bowls

Speedy papa al pomodoro

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Make our papa al pomodoro, a thrifty Tuscan stew made simply from stale bread and tomatoes. It’s really quick to make and perfect for using up stale bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal270
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre3g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • small bunch basil, leaves shredded, stalks finely chopped
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 3 tsp caster sugar
  • 150g crusty stale bread (sourdough works well), torn
  • grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative, to serve
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick casserole dish or saucepan. Add the garlic cloves and basil stalks and fry for 1 min. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, a canful of water and the sugar and season to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 mins.

  2. Stir the bread through the soup to create a thick, stew-like consistency, then stir in most of the basil leaves. Ladle into bowls, finish with parmesan and some extra basil.

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