A classic Italian dish, bruschetta is the perfect appetizer or light meal. Made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil, it’s simple to make and simply delicious.


  • 1 pound (450 grams) ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7.5 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 loaf (225 grams) crusty bread, sliced
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped fresh basil


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. Set aside.

3. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.

4. Remove from oven and top with the tomato mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil.

5. Serve immediately.

Potential changes & improvements

For a spicier bruschetta, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the tomato mixture.

If you can’t find ripe tomatoes, you can substitute with 1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained.

What other food it works well with

Bruschetta is delicious on its own, but it also goes well with other Italian dishes such as pasta, salad, or soup.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is to use too much olive oil in the tomato mixture. The olive oil should be used to enhance the flavor of the tomatoes, not overpower it.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 slice

Calories: 210

Fat: 10 grams

Saturated fat: 2 grams

Unsaturated fat: 8 grams

Trans fat: 0 grams

Carbohydrates: 26 grams

Sugar: 4 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Protein: 7 grams

Cholesterol: 5 milligrams

Sodium: 505 milligrams


This recipe contains wheat, dairy, and eggs.

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