Pappa Al Pomodoro

by jerseygirl on December 31, 2008 · 28 comments

I am a little behind in my Barefoot Bloggers post but better late then never, right? This month’s recipe was chosen by Natalie of Burned Bits. I wasn’t thrilled to make this but was pleasantly surprised at dinner time. My husband loved it. It was a very comforting soup and very satisfying on a somewhat cold day. I made some changes from the original version but if you’d like to see Ina Garten’s version, click here.

I went with a little lighter version and chose not to add the pancetta. I cut down on the oil and added some mushrooms instead of the carrots and fennel. I will be making it again. I am also curious as to how the leftovers will taste tomorrow.

Pappa Al Pomodoro
2 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
8 ounces sliced mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups diced ciabatta bread
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups cubed bread
drizzle of olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
grated asiago cheese
fresh basil leaves

Heat oil in a large soup pot and saute onions, mushrooms and garlic until wilted. Add bread cubes and cook for 5 more minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, red wine and basil. Simmer for 3o minutes and use hand blender to process soup until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in Parmesan cheese. While soup is simmering, drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and garlic powder and toast in a 375 degree preheated oven. Serve the soup with the toasted bread cubes, grated asiago cheese and garnish with basil. Makes 4 servings.

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Lori December 31, 2008 at 9:34 am

Looks great Lisa, especially that cheese and basil!


Tanya December 31, 2008 at 9:37 am

I need to look into this Barefoot Blogger thing…looks wonderful!


Jenny December 31, 2008 at 10:16 am

Now that looks delicious Lisa! I’d like a big bowl right now for breakfast! Have a happy new year with your family!


Mary December 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

That really looks good Lisa. Soup sounds good right now. Have a Happy New Year.


Michele December 31, 2008 at 12:01 pm

That looks incredible! We are soup people so I know we’d love it!

Oh and I am with Tanya…I need to figure out what this Barefoot Blogger thing is too!


Yasmeen December 31, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Nice winter warming soup.Have a wonderful and healthy new year:)


Sara December 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm

This looks great, I think I saw Ina make this on her show.


Bunny December 31, 2008 at 12:33 pm

This looks so good, very nice color,I bet it was wonderful!


Pam December 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I think this soup sounds fantastic. I think I would like your version with mushrooms better than the original.

Happy New Year Lisa.


Sara December 31, 2008 at 1:59 pm

This looks and sounds awesome! So how’d the leftovers turn out? Soups are usually better the second day.


Maria December 31, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I love the cheese and basil on top! What a great way to finish the dish!


The Blonde Duck December 31, 2008 at 4:38 pm

It sounds really good. Nice and light for this time of year!


Jeena December 31, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Looks wonderful Lisa, happy new year. 🙂


Jan December 31, 2008 at 7:51 pm

That looks and sounds delish, Lisa.

A very Happy New Year to you and your family.


biz319 December 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm

That looks amazing! On the list of things to try!

Happy New Year Lisa!


Erica January 1, 2009 at 12:14 am

I really like the changes you made- it looks nice and thick! Happy New Year!


natalia January 1, 2009 at 5:55 am

Ciao Lisa, nice pappa al pomodoro !! Happy new year ! Baci


Janine January 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I’ve made this and loved it, the kids did as well. I need to make it again. Like you I didn’t quite know what to expect but it’s a definate comfort food.


Jo January 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

That sounds and looks really delicious! I love the changes you’ve made and I think if I was to make it, I would follow your recipe. Nice job, Lisa 🙂

Happy New Year to you.. it’s been such a pleasure reading you and getting to know you and your food better. Thank you! I wish that 2009 is a wonderful year for you!


Aggie January 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm

That looks really good Lisa! I wish I had the chance to make it, I totally slacked on BB this month. Happy New Year to you!!


Proud Italian Cook January 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I love this and how you made it lighter. I NEED to be eating this, minus the ciabatta of course, (which I adore!) 🙁


giz January 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I love that everybody’s end product looks so different.
Happy New Year Lisa!!!


Sara January 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Yum, this looks super delicious! 🙂


Katrina January 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm

It sure looks good. Great photos, too!
Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to all the other yummy recipes, stories and photos you’ll be sharing this year!


Peter M January 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

Happy New year Lisa…love the sound of the soup…happy cookin’!


Peter M January 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

Happy New Year Lisa!

The soup sounds awesome…happy cookin’ in 2009.


kat January 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

Such a great soup. I’m craving stuff like that after the holidays. Happy New Year!


The Food Hunter January 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm

This looks delicious. Happy New Year!


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