My simple bruschetta recipe with tomatoes is perfect if you want to feel like you are on a trip to Italy.
This fresh and easy recipe is perfect for summer since it is full of flavors but not heavy at the same time. Let me show you how easy it is to create authentic Italian cuisine!
That’s why you’ll love my Bruschetta Recipe
- Tastes like Italy
- Consists of only a few ingredients and impresses with its simple preparation
- Because in an authentic bruschetta, only garlic is used (as in my recipe), and no onions
- It is suitable for many different occasions (appetizer, snack, main course, or as a side dish for grilling)
Ingredients you’ll need
- Ciabatta (fresh or for toasting) – The star of the show.
- Ripe tomatoes – Gives this recipe more freshness.
- Garlic – Quantity depends on your liking.
- Olive oil – A good quality olive oil makes this recipe even better.
- Basil – Use fresh basil for a better taste.
- Salt and pepper – As you like.
The exact quantities for the recipe can be found below in my recipe card.
How to Make Italian Bruschetta
Step 1: Prepare the Toppings
Begin by dicing the fresh tomatoes into small pieces and pressing one garlic clove while halving the other.
Similarly, finely chop the basil leaves or opt for the recommended method of gently tearing them by hand. After that, combine the ingredients in a small bowl and add salt and pepper to your tasting.
Step 2: Bake the Bruschetta Bread
Now, slice the ciabatta into thin pieces (about 0.4 inches) and generously drizzle them with olive oil.
Lay out these slices on a baking sheet and pop them into a preheated convection oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 8 minutes, or until they turn wonderfully crunchy. Dig in and savor!
Step 3: Topping
To finish, give the toasted ciabatta slices a delightful rub with the halved garlic clove. Then, generously spread the tomato mixture over the slices and serve.
- Tomato Triumph: Opt for ripe, flavorful tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes are primo for their rich taste.
- Olive Oil Excellence: Invest in top-notch extra virgin olive oil. It’s a key player in the dressing, so quality matters.
- Basil Brilliance: Fresh basil is essential for that authentic aroma and taste. Tear it by hand for the finest flavor.
In general, you can use any tomato variety to prepare your bruschetta. San Marzano tomatoes are often a good choice due to their intense tomato flavor.
Bruschetta is full of fresh ingredients and only has about 270 calories per serving, that’s why you could consider it healthy.
Bruschetta gets soggy really fast, that’s why you should eat it right away.
For a classic bruschetta, Ciabatta bread is typically used. You can easily find it at your local bakery. Alternatively, you can also purchase Ciabatta for baking at home.
Fresh Italian Bruschetta
- Get those tomatoes diced, press one garlic clove (save the other half), and finely chop those basil leaves (or give them a gentle hand tear). Mix in some olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a dash of pepper, then let those flavors meld together.
- Slice up that ciabatta, give it a generous drizzle of olive oil, and toss it into a 350°F (convection) oven for 8 minutes until it's gloriously crispy
- Give that toasted ciabatta a garlic rubdown, spread on the tomato medley, and dive in. Savor the goodness!