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Tomato Basil Bruschetta

This is one of the appetizers my friends request most. There is rarely any left over when I serve it. The red pepper flakes and basil add a nice little kick to the taste. -Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    20 appetizers


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped seeded plum tomatoes
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves


  • Using 2 tablespoons oil, lightly brush one side of bread slices. Place bread oil side up on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, pimientos, chopped basil, vinegar, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper flakes and pepper; stir in cheese.
  • Place a whole basil leaf on each slice of toast bread. Top with tomato mixture. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 85 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.
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  • mother of 3
    Oct 2, 2014

    Easier to use organic diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & I substituted fire-roasted red peppers for the pimentos per moogie207's review. The bruschetta was added to creamy organic tomato soup embellished with 3/4 teaspoon seasoning salt & half n half. Very good!

  • moogie207
    Jul 20, 2012

    I have made this several times since July 4th. As tomatoes are abundent in NC I have not been using plum tomatoes. As the heat here is in 90's or over 100 I passed on the toasted bread, and served on fresh baguettes.Did follow the toppings as stated the first time. Then elminated the pimientos the 2nd time and reduced the crushed red pepper to 1/8. The first batch did not pass my friend's 95 year old Italian mother. She said I would have used roasted red peppers instead of pimientos. The 2nd one did, which I was smart enough to listen to an Italian lady and used roasted red peppers.. and balsamic she said... Some people are wise with age. But this is a keeper and I have had many complements and empty plates. Good Job

  • troykelly
    Mar 19, 2011

    Excellent recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! Definitely a keeper!

  • irishprincess874
    Aug 23, 2010

    This has got to be the best thing I have ever put into my mouth! The flavor is so fresh and clean. I love to pick the tomato and basil right out of the garden to add to the freshness. So good!

  • Hotcookie2
    Aug 6, 2010

    I really enjoyed this recipe. I have tried other basic bruschetta recipes and this one has been my favorite so far.

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    Sep 4, 2008

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    Aug 1, 2008

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    Apr 16, 2006

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