Easy and Fresh Bruschetta Recipe

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Fresh tomatoes and garden-grown basil come together to create the most delicious and EASY Bruschetta recipe. Use bagel chips or toasted bread to dip, or add this mixture to pasta with cheese!

Fresh tomatoes and basil create the most delicious, EASY Bruschetta. Use bagel chips to dip, or add this to pasta with cheese!
Making homemade bruschetta is one of the main reasons I started gardening many years ago. I really wanted the fresh Roma tomatoes and garden grown basil so I could make my own bruschetta.

I mean really, could basil be any more expensive at the grocery store? And, since I use nearly a cup of basil leaves to make my bruschetta, one package is never enough!

Bruschetta is one of my favorite flavor profiles. I love the fresh tomatoes paired with the garlic and basil. Add it to some toasted bread with a little balsamic vinegar and you have one of the easiest and fanciest appetizers out there!

This bruschetta is perfect as a snack or made into a meal. I usually make a double batch of this delicious bruschetta.

We have one big bowl we use for dipping Melba crackers and then we use the rest in pasta with grilled chicken, or on bread slices with extra parmesan cheese.

I don’t usually measure out my bruschetta ingredients. It’s usually an eyeball and taste test kind of thing. But, since I wanted to share this recipe with you, I measured out the ingredients for one batch of bruschetta. Enjoy!

What is Bruschetta?

Fresh tomatoes and garden-grown basil come together to create the most delicious and EASY Bruschetta recipe. Use bagel chips or toasted bread to dip, or add this mixture to pasta with cheese!

Bruschetta (pronounced broo·skeh·tuh) is a classic Italian appetizer that brings the freshest flavors of summer together! Using fresh ingredients like tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil, this is the best bruschetta recipe you will find!

Ingredients in Bruschetta

Using fresh ingredients makes bruschetta taste that much better. Homemade bruschetta is one excuse for you to start your own garden! The ingredients you need for bruschetta include:

  • Tomatoes 
  • Basil leaves
  • Garlic (about 9 cloves), chopped (not pressed)
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Melba Toast (or bagel chips)

If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!

How to Make Bruschetta—Tomato Mixture

Step 1: In a bowl, toss in the tomatoes, basil, garlic, and parmesan cheese, until each bite has a sufficient amount of each. Add more if necessary.

Step 2: Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste, red wine vinegar, and stir. Add olive oil. The mixture should be nice and shiny. Let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow the flavors to mingle.

Fresh tomatoes and garden-grown basil come together to create the most delicious and EASY Bruschetta recipe. Use bagel chips or toasted bread to dip, or add this mixture to pasta with cheese!

How to Make Bruschetta—Balsamic Glaze

In restaurants, you’ll often find bruschetta served with a balsamic glaze. I love to use this when serving our bruschetta with angel hair pasta or over toasted french bread.

Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium high heat until it starts to boil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and drizzle over your bruschetta.

How to Serve Bruschetta

Bruschetta is delicious as an appetizer or made into a meal.

As an appetizer: To make bruschetta bread, hollow out a loaf of french bread. Spoon in the tomato mixture and top it with an extra 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese.

Bake in a 450 degree oven on a large baking sheet for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Cut and enjoy.

Types of bread to serve it with: Bruschetta is best served with toasted french bread, bagel chips, or Melba crackers.

As a meal: Turn this easy bruschetta recipe into a meal by adding it to pasta. Prepare noodles according to package (I like using angel hair pasta noodles). Grill chicken with salt and pepper. Slice into thin strips.

Heat bruschetta in microwave for about 2-3 minutes, until warmed. Serve over warm pasta with chicken strips and extra parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

This Turkey Meatball recipe is fantastic with fresh bruschetta too. Healthy and easy!

Chicken Bruschetta Pizza is a rustic galette served with homemade bruschetta. Tasty dinner idea!

Fresh tomatoes and garden-grown basil come together to create the most delicious and EASY Bruschetta recipe. Use bagel chips or toasted bread to dip, or add this mixture to pasta with cheese!

How long does Bruschetta last?

This easy bruschetta recipe tastes best fresh but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. You can also use the liquid in the bottom of the bowl as dressing on a salad! Yum!

Tips for Making the Perfect Bruschetta

  • Don’t refrigerate your tomatoes in advance. You’ll get a better texture and flavor from your bruschetta if you keep tomatoes at room temperature.
  • The best types of tomatoes for bruschetta are Roma. Using fresh, juicy and ripe tomatoes will give you the best bruschetta. Just remember, good tomatoes equals good bruschetta.
  • Serve bruschetta on toasted baguette slices, with Melba crackers, or with bagel chips.
  • Use fresh basil to make the best bruschetta. You can buy fresh basil from the store, but it will cost you. Don’t use dried basil. It will not give you the same summer flavors. In a pinch, I have used the tube of fresh basil (it looks like a tube of toothpaste, but it’s fresh and works better than dried basil).
  • Drizzle a little balsamic glaze over the tops of your grilled bread for an extra flavor.

Fresh tomatoes and basil create the most delicious, EASY Bruschetta. Use bagel chips to dip, or add this to pasta with cheese!

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Fresh tomatoes and garden-grown basil come together to create the most delicious and EASY Bruschetta recipe. Use bagel chips or toasted bread to dip, or add this mixture to pasta with cheese!

Yield: 12 servings

Bruschetta

Bruschetta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Fresh tomatoes and garden-grown basil come together to create the most delicious and EASY Bruschetta recipe. Use bagel chips or toasted bread to dip, or add this mixture to pasta with cheese!

Ingredients

  • 10 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 head of garlic (about 9 cloves), chopped (not pressed)
  • 3/4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Melba Toast (or bagel chips)

Instructions

  1. Mix tomatoes, basil, garlic and cheese until each bite has a sufficient amount of each. Add more if necessary. Toss in some salt and pepper,red wine vinegar and stir. Add olive oil. Should be nice and shiny. Let sit in refrigerator to allow flavors to mingle. Enjoy!
  2. To make bruschetta bread, hollow out a loaf of french bread. Spoon in the bruschetta and top with an extra 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Cut and enjoy.
  3. For pasta, prepare noodles according to package (I like angel hair pasta). Grill chicken with salt and pepper. Slice into thin strips. Heat bruschetta in microwave for about 2-3 minutes, until warmed. Serve over warm pasta with chicken strips and extra parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 106 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 297mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published July 26, 2011. Photos updated August 2017.

Fresh tomatoes and basil create the most delicious, EASY Bruschetta. Use bagel chips to dip, or add this to pasta with cheese!

 

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16 comments on “Easy and Fresh Bruschetta Recipe”

  1. Thank you!! I’ve been looking for a recipe ever since I had it a few weeks ago at a scrapbooking crop. I couldn’t seem to find just a simple, regular recipe – they all had odd ingredients or just seemed over the top. I can’t wait to make this!

  2. Aimee- You’ve got my tastebuds going. That bruschetta looks amazing!

  3. This looks mouthwatering and awesome. Great picture. Yum. Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful grilled squash recipe.

  4. I love this…It makes me want to start chopping my garden tomato’s right now!

  5. I had no idea that it was this simple to make! Go figure. Thanks for the recipe! Stopping by from FTLB’s Tasty Tuesday 🙂

  6. I adore anything with tomatoes and basil! This looks right up my alley…DELISH!

  7. I don’t do well with plants but I even started an “herb” garden after I saw how expensive basil was!! Looks yummy!!

  8. I love Bruschetta. Its so fresh, healthy and so yummy! Great pics as always Aimee!

  9. This looks so good Aimee! I LOVE bruschetta! One of these days I’ll try my hand at growing herbs. I had it on my list of things to do this summer…never quite got to that section of the list. 😉

  10. This is definitely a reason to have a garden! Thanks for the extra serving tips, too.

  11. I love the freshness and bright flavors of bruschetta. Yours looks absolutely perfect!

  12. Alli

    Bruschetta is one of my favorite things ever and your recipe surely did not disappoint! Loved it!

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