Italian Bruschetta Recipe
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Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe with Tomato and Basil

A classic Italian bruschetta recipe using fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and good quality olive oil!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people


  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced (about 1.5 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced optional
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 loaf rustic Italian bread, sliced and grilled


  • Slice the tomatoes in half, gently squeeze out some of the seeds, and diced them up.
  • Add the tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic to a large bowl. Stir well.
  • Stack 5 of the basil leaves, roll them tightly and make thin slices. Add it to the tomatoes.
  • Add a small pinch of salt and pepper to the tomatoes and stir well.
  • Let the tomato mixture sit at room temperature for 30 -60 minutes before serving.
  • Just before assembling the bruschetta, taste and adjust the seasonings one last time.
  • Spoon the tomatoes on top of the grilled bread.
  • Garnish with additional basil and rosemary (optional)


To prepare the bread, cut thick slices, and brush them lightly on one side with olive oil. Grill the bread on a baking sheet and broil them or on top of the stove using a grill pan.
You can serve this with balsamic vinegar, thick shavings of Parmesan cheese, and crushed red pepper.
I love setting up a bruschetta bar and letting my guests make their own. It's always a HUGE hit!