Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe (Tips & Video) 🇮🇹

Last Updated: May 2, 2024
Easy Authentic Italian Bruschetta Recipe - Delicious Italian appetizer


Easy Italian bruschetta recipe with a easy to follow video. A true classic Italian recipe at its best which always takes me back to Tuscany, Italy. This fresh and delicious bruschetta recipe works as an amazing appetizer for a dinner party or just as a fresh comfort food at any time of the day when you’re feeling for a taste of Italy. This recipe is incredibly easy to make with minimalistic ingredients and a secret spoiler tip before you move on to the recipe is to use fresh and high quality ingredients as it really makes a huge difference in the outcome of flavor.

Ingredients for Classic Bruschetta

  • Bread – Which bread is best to use for a bruschetta you might think? Basically every type of bread works great for a bruschetta! If you’re looking for a more authentic Italian taste though, then go with a Ciabatta, Pane Toscano (Tuscan bread) or a Pagnotta bread or any other Italian style rustic, crunchy bread.
    The secret for the best bruschetta bread is to buy it freshly baked on the same day as you’re preparing the recipe as a fresh bread will always be crustier on the outside and softer on the inside. If you don’t have the option for a fresh bread then anything else will work just fine as well, even french toast for example which can be found conveniently in every grocery store.
  • Tomatoes – You can use any sort of tomatoes for a bruschetta but if possible try to buy your tomatoes from a local market from the local farmers as they’re always fresher and have more taste and sweetness to them. My favorite tomato sorts to use are Romano Tomatoes or Raspberry Tomatoes as they both have a rich and sweet flavor to them.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A high quality extra virgin olive oil is the only dressing for a bruschetta that I prefer to use. Balsamic vinegar is also a popular option to add, but personally I enjoy the classic recipe and just going with olive oil.
  • Garlic – a clove of freshly crushed garlic gives the recipe the spicy kick that works perfect for a bruschetta bread recipe. Additionally one clove of garlic can be used before serving to smear on the grilled bread before adding the tomato mixture on top of it for a bit more of a garlicky kick.
  • Basil leaves – fresh basil leaves in a bruschetta recipe are incredibly aromatic and give it a rustic earthy Italian taste.
  • Salt & Pepper – Salt will elevate all the flavors of the bruschetta ingredients and pepper will give it a bit more depth and a nice kick!
Ingredients for Classic Bruschetta appetizer - Italian Food at its best

Optional Bruschetta Toppings

Optionally you can top the bruschettas with basically any of your favorite cuts of meat, cheese or vegetables. But mozzarella and balsamic vinegar are recommended the most if you’re interested in adding more toppings.

Bruschetta with Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella cheese – Mozzarella, crispy bread, tomatoes – a true classic which never disappoints. Cut mozzarella cheese into thin slices and add on top of the bruschettas before drizzling them lightly with olive oil. Be sure though to make sure that the mozzarella isn’t too watery before adding it onto the bread to not soak them. If they are moist, then pat the mozzarella cheese dry with a paper towel before adding it.

Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze or Vinegar

Balsamic glaze or vinegar – A light drizzle of high quality aged balsamic vinegar or glaze on a bruschetta gives it a really nice touch, so you should definitely try it out. If you can’t find higher quality traditional aged balsamic vinegar, then rather skip this part. Do some research on the balsamic vinegar as the quality can vary highly. Usually you can spot the quality through the higher price options but it’s great to search the brand reviews online or if possible then test it in your local Italian food shop.

How to Make Bruschetta?

This easy bruschetta bread recipe will teach you to prepare a way better and more authentic bruschetta with tomatoes than even most restaurants serve. You’ll be surprised why you didn’t try to make your own bruschetta bread with tomatoes yourself sooner! Be sure to also check out our instruction video for this recipe.

How to Make Bruschetta - Slice and dice the tomatoes, chop the basil leaves, Prepare the garlic paste
  1. Slice and dice the tomatoes – Wash and dice the tomatoes into small, somewhat even cubes. There isn’t a one correct way to dice the tomato and you can cut them as you like, but I prefer to firstly cut the tomatoes into 4 even pieces, then cut off the seedy and watery core for the mixture to not be too soaky and watery and then slice each piece of the tomato into 6 even cubes and repeat it for the other pieces. Once the tomato pieces are all cut, pour away any excess tomato water and add the diced tomatoes into a mixing bowl.
  2. Finely chop the basil leaves – Give a handful(~10) of basil leaves a fine chop and add them into the mixing bowl with the diced tomatoes. For a more rustic outcome, you can just tear the leaves apart with your hands into smaller pieces.
  3. Prepare the garlic paste – Crush and peel a garlic clove, dice it into a bit smaller pieces and add some freshly ground sea salt on top of the diced garlic bits. Then start to crush the garlic into a paste with the flat side of your knife until the moisture starts to come out of the garlic. Once done, add it into your mixing bowl with the basil and diced tomatoes.
  4. Add the seasoning, olive oil and carefully mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl – Add a pinch of salt & pepper and 2-3 tbsp of olive oil to the mixing bowl with the previous ingredients and carefully mix everything together by not breaking the tomatoes too much. If mixed too roughly, the tomatoes can break and make the end result a bit too watery.
  5. Slice and grill the bread – Slice the ciabatta or any other bread you’re using into ~6 thick slices, rub gently with olive oil and grill on your frying pan for ~ a minute on medium high heat on both sides. Be careful not to burn the bread too much, but at the same time don’t be afraid of a bit of browning, it’ll just give it more crunch and doesn’t let the bread get soaky.
  6. Smear the grilled bread with a clove of garlic – peel and rub a raw garlic clove on the top side of the grilled bread to give it an extra kick of flavor.
  7. Add the tomato mixture on top of the bread – place the tomato mixture on top of the grilled and garlic smeared bread evenly amongst the 6 slices of grilled bread.
  8. Coat the bruschettas with a drizzle of olive oil – Just drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on the bruschettas to finish them off before serving. You can skip this part if you’re looking to save on some extra calories.
How to Make Bruschetta - Season and mix, slice and grill the bread, add mixture to ciabatta or bread

Easy Bruschetta Recipe – Italian Food (Appetizer)

Easy Bruschetta recipe to make for your friends or family as an appetizer. Italian food that is super simple to make if you have the right ingredients. It is best to eat it at the same day as soon as possible but if you keep it in the refrigerator inside an airtight container it should last 1-2 days. Keep in mind that it is better to keep the tomato toppings mixture separated from the bread when storing in the refrigerator.

Ingredients (3 Servings)

  • 3 large fresh & ripe tomatoes (Most ideal Roma or Raspberry tomato sorts)
  • 1 whole or 6 thick slices of ciabatta bread
  • Handful of basil leaves (~10 leaves)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp of olive oil
  • Freshly ground sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional value per recipe (1 servings):

313 calories / 37g carbs / 16.3g fats / 6.9g proteins / 3.8g dietary fiber / 5.3g sugar

Nutritional value per recipe (3 serving) :

939 calories / 111g carbs / 49g fats / 20,6g proteins / 11.4g dietary fiber / 16g sugar

Easy Bruschetta Recipe - Delicious Italian appetizer food

Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Easy Italian bruschetta recipe. Delicious appetizer that you should try to make for your next get-together. There are many versions of bruschetta. This is the classic Italian version. 15-minute appetizer recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 3 servings
Calories 313 kcal


  • 3 fresh & ripe tomatoes large
  • 1 ciabatta bread
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Balsamic Glaze/Vinegar


  • Slice and dice the tomatoes into even sized cubes. Pour away any excess tomato water and add the cubes into a mixing bowl.
  • Finely chop the basil leaves or tear them apart with your hands for a more rustic outcome and add to the mixing bowl with the tomatoes.
  • Prepare the garlic paste by crushing and peeling a clove of garlic, cutting it into smaller pieces, adding some salt on top of it and smearing it with the flat side of your knife until it forms into a paste and add it to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper and 2-3 tbsp of olive oil to the mixing bowl and mix carefully. Watch out to not mix too hard as the tomatoes can break and mixture can get too watery. Taste after mixing to see if more salt is needed for seasoning.
  • Slice the ciabatta into 6 thick slices, gently rub with olive oil and grill on a pan at medium high heat for ~1 minute on each side until golden brown and crunchy. If the bread starts burning too fast, turn down the heat accordingly.
  • Smear the top part of the grilled bread with a clove of peeled raw garlic.
  • Add the tomato mixture on top of the bread evenly amongst the 6 sliced grilled and garlic smeared bread.
  • Coat the bruschettas with a drizzle of olive oil just before serving.
  • Bon appetit!


Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6.9gFat: 16.3gFiber: 3.8gSugar: 5.3g
Keyword bruschetta, ciabatta, garlic, italian dish, italian food, tomato
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How to Pronounce Bruschetta Correctly?

If you’re preparing this dish for an event or party then it’s great to know how to correctly pronounce bruschetta before introducing it to your guests. The “ch” in bruschetta is pronounced as “k”, making the pronunciation for bruschetta as “bru- sket- ta”.

A good explanation video with examples can be found here.

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