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
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!