Pappa al pomodoro, a classic Tuscan soup that melds ripe tomatoes with crusty, day-old bread, is hearty enough to serve as a main course. Fresh basil complements the acidity of the tomatoes, red-pepper flakes add a hint of heat, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ensures a creamy consistency.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup oil, the red-pepper flakes, and bread; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.

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  • Add tomatoes and stock, and season with salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bread has broken down and melded into the tomatoes, about 15 minutes (the soup will be thick).

  • Remove from heat; stir in basil and cheese. Season with pepper. Serve drizzled with oil and sprinkled with cheese.

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