Best Authentic and Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Best Authentic and Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe: This recipe for Italian Bruschetta is a simple way to serve a snack in Italy. Thin pieces of toasted bread are covered with fresh basil, garlic, and chopped tomatoes. A tasty antipasto that everyone loves!

This is one of my favorite Italian snacks. It’s naturally sugar-free, vegan, and vegetarian, and you can use any gluten-free bread you like to make it.

You must make bruschetta if you want to get together with friends or have a small dinner party! It tastes great and looks beautiful with all the different colored tomatoes. This is the perfect summer starter that you can serve at lunch, parties, or even dinner during the week!

This is the recipe I’ve used every time I cook for my friends. It’s always been my go-to simple Italian starter because everyone loves it! This easy tomato bruschetta recipe is all about a really fresh and bright topping.

Best Authentic and Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe


  • 1 baguette cut into 1/2-inch slices, should be about 12 slices, depending on baguette size
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin oil
  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes about 7-8 plum or Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped basil ribbons 6-8 basil leaves, chiffonade or chopped


  • Toast the bread slices: Preheat oven to 400 F (200 degrees C). Use a pastry brush to brush olive oil on both slices (1 tablespoon or more, if needed) of the bread slices. Place the bread slices on a large baking sheet.
  • Toast until golden: Place the sheet in the oven and toast the bread until golden, 7-12 minutes, turning halfway through. Every oven is different. If you like your bread darker and crispier, toast it a little longer.


  • Make the tomato topping: Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, add the chopped tomatoes, garlic, salt, olive oil and basil.
  • Check the seasoning: Toss together and check the seasoning. If it needs more salt, add a little bit more, to your taste.
  • Serve the bruschetta: When ready to serve, arrange the toasted bread slices on a serving plate. Spoon the tomato mixture on each slice. Enjoy!



  • Calories: 118kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 326mg
  • Potassium: 205mg
  • Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 630IU
  • Vitamin C: 10mg
  • Calcium: 30mg
  • Iron: 1mg


How to store leftover bruschetta?

Place the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. If you have any leftovers unassembled, keep the bread separated (you could even store the toasted slices in a zipped lock bag) and the tomato mixture in an airtight container.

Can you freeze bruschetta?

No, you can’t freeze already assembled bruschetta. The tomatoes will not defrost well for this topping. You could slice and toast bread (without oil)and freeze in a zipped lock freezer bag. Since it’s so easy to make fast, there is no need to freeze ahead of time.

What to do with leftover bruschetta tomato topping?

Any leftover tomato topping would be great to be used as a sauce for pasta. You could cook the pasta to al dente and toss the pasta with the tomato mixture. Drizzle on some more olive oil and even some balsamic vinegar.

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