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Serves
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
36
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15min

Rich tangy tomato flavor is the hero in this incredibly versatile classic. Be sure to use only good quality extra-virgin olive oil. It provides a delicious buttery compliment to the freshly-harvested taste of the tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette or crusty Italian loaf (about 18 inches long), cut into ½-inch thick slices
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, halved
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 

How to prepare

  1. Pour Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes into a fine strainer and allow to drain for 30 minutes to remove some of the moisture, stirring occasionally.
     
  2. Stir together the drained tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside on the counter for 3 hours before serving to allow flavors to blend and develop.
     
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F.
     
  4. Arrange bread slices on a large baking sheet. Brush with the remaining olive oil. Bake 5-7 minutes until lightly toasted. Rub each slice with the cut side of one of the garlic cloves.
     
  5. To serve, stir tomato mixture and spread about 1 tablespoon on each toast slice. Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil.

Recipe tip: this recipe works well with many other toppings, including sliced fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola or goat cheese crumbles, and your favorite chopped fresh herbs.