Pappa col Pomodoro on a summer eve with a glass of slightly tired and utterly delicious 2007 Bucci Verdicchio was just right.
I carefully washed and finely chopped the stalks of two leeks. And then I sautéed them in San Giuliano extra-virgin olive oil from Alghero (my favorite commercial olive oil) with two cloves garlic, peeled and minced.
And then added one jar of puréed tomato (making sure that the only ingredients were salt and tomato), seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili flakes, and then added a generous amount of freshly torn basil.
“Texas basil.” (Yes, I know, everything is bigger in Texas.)
Then I added stock and cooked the soup for about thirty minutes over medium heat and removed.
Then I added the 4-day-old stale bread. It’s important to let the bread soak in the soup for at least 30 minutes. I used a immersion blender to purée the bread after it had sopped up all the soup (in the olden days, I used to use a vegetable mill but, I gotta say, the immersion blender was awesome).
I served the Pappa room temperature, drizzled with olive oil and garnished with a basil leaf.
That’s how we make Pappa col Pomodoro at our house. :-)