Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 10
Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

This classic Italian starter is great for a party or large gathering. Bruschetta is made with basic ingredients and is quickly prepared.


  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 baguette
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar


Recipe instructions Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

  1. Step 1

    Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Dice the tomatoes into pencil eraser-sized pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Deseed the tomatoes. Place them in a colander and agitate them, gently pressing down, so the seeds slip through the holes.

  3. Step 3

    Salt the tomatoes. Sprinkle liberally and mix to incorporate the salt throughout. Wait 20 minutes for the salt to force the juices out of the tomatoes.

  4. Step 4

    While the salt is working its magic on the tomatoes, cut your baguette on the diagonal into inch-thick pieces.

  5. Step 5

    Brush the olive oil onto both sides of the slices. Place them on the lined sheet pan and toast them for about five minutes or until lightly golden.

  6. Step 6

    Agitate the tomatoes once more to release juices. Mince the garlic and chop the basil. Add the garlic, basil, and pepper to the tomatoes.

  7. Step 7

    Add 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the tomatoes. Mix to incorporate. Taste the mixture and add more salt, pepper, and balsamic if necessary.

  8. Step 8

    Top each toasted baguette slice with a heaping tablespoon of the tomato mixture.

  9. Step 9

    Transfer the bruschetta to a serving platter. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 124
Fat: 6 g
Carbs: 14 g
Protein: 3 g