• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large, softball-size onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic (eyeball it)
  • 1 quart chicken stock (use vegetable to make it vegetarian)
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 to 4 cups bread ends from freezer
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 10 basil leaves, torn
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, for passing


Serves: 4 servings


Place a large soup pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the peppers, onion and garlic, and cook, stirring every now and then, for 3-4 minutes, until the veggies start to get tender.

Add the balsamic vinegar, chicken stock and crushed tomatoes to the pot and bring up to a bubble. Add the bread pieces right from the freezer, some salt and pepper, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring every now and then. Let the soup thicken - when you can stick a spoon in it, it's done!

Taste and re-season with salt and pepper. To serve, garnish each portion with some of the torn basil leaves and pass some grated Parmigiano Reggiano at the table.

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