Tomato Basil Soup with Bread from the “Soup for Syria” Cookbook

My friend Brad Hunter is a great “gift giver”. Over the years I have received quite a few from him and they are all among of my favorites. Some folks have that knack. Brad is one of those folks.

Recipes Collected and Photographed by Barbara Abdeni Massaad. Published by Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

He recently gave me a “cookbook-for-a-cause”. “Soup for Syria” is not just another cookbook. Many well-known chefs and cookbook authors contributed recipes for soups from around the world to raise funds for food relief efforts for Syrian refugees, of which at publication, numbered 3.8 million. Many, many of them children. Buy this beautifully photographed book, make some heart warming soup. Do what you can.


This Sunday afternoon I made an adaptation of the cover recipe “Tomato Basil Soup with Bread” a recipe from contributor Martyna Monaco. It’s crazy easy to make, very delicious and comforting.


Tomato Basil Soup with Bread

  • Difficulty: crazy easy
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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 thick slices day old rustic bread
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 (28 oz) cans whole tomatoes in juice, cut up
  • 4-5 cups chicken or vegetable stock


  1. In a large stock pot layer olive oil, bread slices, salt, oregano, garlic cloves, onion, basil leaves, tomatoes and stock. Bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat to simmer for 30-40 minutes. Stir a few times. The bread will break up and thicken the soup.
  3. Serve hot with additional basil leaves.

Serving note: I topped each serving with cubed bread croutons and a scattered a bit of freshly grated Parmesan over the top.

Original recipe from: “Soup for Syria” published in 2016 by Interlink Publishing Group, Inc. Photographed by Barbara Abdeni Massaad.

36 thoughts on “Tomato Basil Soup with Bread from the “Soup for Syria” Cookbook

  1. Everything about this post is fabulous! We’ll be over there in a flash and will bring our own bowls! šŸ˜

  2. Tomato soup is my go to soup when I’m time poor. Especially now that I have a food processor. I’d rather fresh tomatoes than tinned and out of respect to my elderly arteries, I’d be leaving out the 1/4 cup of oil.

    1. Ha….I do think leaving out the olive oil would be just fine or just use a bit. This is such an easy and delicious recipe for February. You could also use low sodium tomatoes as well. I plan to make this again when the homegrown tomatoes are in next summer. Thanks.

    1. Wow Scott, it is like a Tomato Basil Pie in a bowl! Good for winter and you can use canned tomatoes when none of those lovely summer homegrowns are available. Happy Valentines.

  3. Got to shop for the book, what a great idea. Pappa al pomodoro is one of my favourite things to eat, even more delicious with less bread in them: Both look absolutely fabulous!

  4. I just ordered this book after reading your post. Thanks so much for telling us about it! I wonder, do you know how much of the sale of this book goes to the refugees? I mean the % of each book. I hope it is a lot! šŸ™‚

    1. Well that was a good question and I did a google search and found that all the profits go to the refugee relief fund. Thanks for inspiring me to investigate. Let me know what your favorite soups are. Thanks much.

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  6. Wow..very good cause and..I really liked the idea of using breads while making a soup. Definitely trying this. Thank you for sharing…

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