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three bruschettas topped with roasted pine nuts on a wooden board with basil on the side

Easy Bruschetta Recipe

This easy bruschetta recipe is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that comes together in no time! The combination of juicy tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and crispy ciabatta bread will make everyone come back for more! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 303kcal
Author Sina


  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 10 slices ciabatta bread, rustic bread, or baguette
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts


  • Wash and dice the tomatoes. Place them in a medium-sized bowl. Finely chop the red onion and add them to the tomatoes. 
  • Finely chop the garlic and add it as well. Either tear or chop the basil and add it to the mixture. 
  • Toast the pine nuts in a small skillet without oil. Cook them for about 3 minutes over medium heat, until fragrant and lightly browned. Add the olive oil to the tomato basil mixture and stir. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Cut your bread into 1/2-inch thick slices. Heat a bit of olive oil in a pan (about 1-2 teaspoons) and cook it until crispy and golden. Alternatively, you could put the slices of bread on a grill. 


  • For ultimate flavor I think it's better to tear the basil instead of chopping it. 
  • If you want you could also use a griddle pan to toast the slices of bread. In the summer, I love putting them on the grill. 
  • Alternatively, you could also prepare the bread in the oven (around 10 minutes at 400 °F, until crispy and golden). 
  • Pine nuts burn very easily. So don't leave the stove when preparing them and pay close attention. 


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1092IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg