Happy Friday! Let’s celebrate the weekend with a thick cozy bowl of classic Pappa al Pomodoro, a rustic homemade tomato soup.
This is another dish we experienced on our trip to Italy this summer, and felt we must replicate at home.
I remember the first time I caught sight of this homemade tomato soup variation. We were sitting in a small italian trattoria with way too many framed photos on the walls, red and white checkered table clothes, and Chianti bottle candle holders on each table… It was perfect.
An elderly Italian couple sat across from us, smiling at our kids who were trying to make heads or tails of the menu. A moment later their meal arrived, a whole fried fish, grilled vegetables, and two bowls of some sort of porridge that looked like meat sauce.
“What is in those bowls?” I whispered to Dan.
We studied the menu for a few moments, then decided it must be the Pappa al Pomodoro.
When our meal arrived, we had a lavish array of vegetable souffles, roasted rabbit, pastas, and of course the homemade tomato soup that looked so appealing. Although we thoroughly enjoyed the entire meal, the most humble of dishes had the greatest impact.
Pappa al Pomodoro is a peasant dish, designed to fill empty tummies and comfort the soul. It is thick and chunky, with a silky base, created by simmering day-old bread into the soup until it dissolves.
Don’t get me wrong… I love classic American homemade tomato soup, and I love tomato bisque. Yet there is something about this rustic version that captivates and soothes.
After tasting Pappa al Pomodoro our first week in Florence, we ordered it every single time we saw it on the menu. What’s more, no one in my family can stop thinking about it.
This vegetarian-based comfort dish has become the hottest request at dinnertime since we’ve been home!
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