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I first saw this at the River Café and then on my travels to Tuscany scouting olive oil with Mr. Oliver. I can officially say this is one of my favorite things to eat.

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  • 3 Cloves Garlic peeled and finely diced

  • 1 small Onion peeled and finely diced

  • 500 g ripe Tomatoes washed, quartered and deseeded

  • 1 L vegetable or chicken stock or water

  • 400 g day old ciabatta bread or sour dough, crusts removed and roughly torn into little pieces

  • Sea Salt & freshly ground black pepper

  • Small handful of fresh basil leaf

  • Best quality cold pressed Olive Oil


  • 1.

    Gently sauté the garlic and onion over a low heat in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil for about 8-10 minutes until soft and without color.

  • 2.

    Add the quartered tomato flesh and continue to sauté until the tomato starts to break down a little.

  • 3.

    Add the stock or water and bring to the boil and then reduce to a very gentle simmer.

  • 4.

    Add the bread and continue to stir. This soup is really thick meaning the chance of it sticking to the base of your pot is really high.

  • 5.

    Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the bead has broken down and the soup resembles a porridge consistency. If it becomes too thick you can add a little more stock or water.

  • 6.

    Once ready, season well with salt and pepper. Serve warm with fresh basil and lots of your favourite olive oil.


MATT SKINNER'S WINE SUGGESTIONS Fontodi Chianti Classico 2005 Tuscany, Italy

Giovani Manetti is one of the most highly regarded winemakers in Italy and his Tuscan estate, Fontodi ranks amongst the finest in Italy. It’s Manetti’s attention to detail in the vineyard that sets him apart from the rest. Think dark Morello cherry, leather, aniseed, tobacco, and super well-integrated cedary oak. There’s plenty of lush focussed fruit in the mouth that’s quickly hoovered up and balanced out by a wash of trademark dry grippy Sangiovese tannin. Incredibly versatile and naturally high in both tannin and acidity, Sangiovese has the structure to navigate all but the trickiest textures and still support a range of flavours, sweet and savoury. Bellisimo!

While Fontodi's wines are available in Australia, although you will have to look in order to find them, Australian versions of Sangiovese are well worth a look - try either Pizzini or Coriole, both also around the $30 mark.

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Posted by Rosanna7Report
oh yum...good italain food~~~~~we italains know how to eat thats for sure, its my passion!
Posted by Merryn13Report
My husband's family cooks this. It is interesting how peasant food is becoming so popular. Simple, tasty and filling. Italian food is simple, healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing Tobie!