Tuscan Bread Soup Recipe

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Authentic Tuscan hearty winter bread soup recipe and instructions straight from Italy.

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Soup, Tuscan Bread Recipe
Instructions
  1. Peel two whole garlic cloves and cut a bunch of fresh basil leaves into small ribbons.
  2. In a soup pot, saute' the basil and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for a few minutes to extract the flavor. Remove the garlic cloves.
  3. Add the tomato puree and water or stock and heat almost to a boil.
  4. Cut the stale bread into 1-inch cubes and add to the soup, stirring well. Most of the bread will melt into the sauce but some lumps will remain.
  5. Season to taste with a pinch of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Continue stirring until the soup is hot through. Serve hot with a sprig of fresh basil on top.
Recipe Notes

As variations, you can add sliced onions to the saute and crush or chop the garlic and leave it in the soup.

You can also use fresh or canned whole tomatoes if you want to puree them yourself.

Bread soup pairs well with a medium-bodied or light full-bodied red wine. However, the soup has a fairly high acid content because of the tomato puree, so a softer, not-overly-tannic wine like Merlot works best (Miles’ opinion notwithstanding).

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Matzo Brei Recipe, a Jewish Passover Breakfast Dish

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Traditional matzoh brei recipe for Jewish Passover. Contains the basic recipe plus lots of variations for any taste, savory or sweet. Make it for breakfast or as a side to another main course.

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Matzo Brei Recipe, a Jewish Passover Breakfast Dish
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Break up matzoh crackers into 1-inch pieces or smaller and soak in warm water or milk for no longer than 30 seconds. Drain well. Alternatively, put matzoh pieces in a colander and pour about a quart of hot water over them.
  2. Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
  3. Whisk in 4 teaspoons milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Add softened matzoh pieces and stir well to coat.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add butter or oil.
  6. Add the matzoh mixture. You can add it altogether and stir during cooking to make something like scrambled eggs. Or you could add the matzoh in separate half-cupfuls and cook them like pancakes. Or you can cook the whole batch at once without stirring, but turn halfway through to make a large, omelette-like disk. In any case, cook until eggs are just cooked through. Remove to serving dish or plates.
  7. Serve warm or cold.
Recipe Notes

There are endless variations to matzoh brei. You can make it savory, as above, or sweet.

Making different-sized batches is easy: one egg per each matzoh cracker and season to taste.

Variations for savory: in addition to the salt and pepper, add a pinch of dried parsley, thyme or rosemary, or even a mixture of sauteed onions, mushrooms and herbs. This flavorful savory version can be used as a side dish similar to stuffing.

For sweet variations, omit pepper and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Serve with applesauce, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, grape jelly or some other kind of jam.

You could even go way off script and serve with hot sauce, though I don't think that's exactly traditional!

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