Panzanella Stoup

Rachael says, “I love bread salad, so I thought to myself: What would happen if you heated it up? The result is a thick stoup somewhere between Papa al Pomodoro and Ribollita con Verdure. Maybe this will become a new classic!”


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for drizzling on stoup at the table
  • 3 green or yellow bell peppers, diced into bite-size chunks
  • 1 large softball-size onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar (eyeball it)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 4 cups stale crusty bread, torn or chopped (half a loaf)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup basil leaves (about 20), torn
  • Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano or Romano cheese, to pass at the table


Place a soup pot over medium-high heat with three turns of the pan of EVOO, about 3 tablespoons. Add the peppers, onion and garlic – as you chop them, drop them into the pot. Let the veggies cook for 10 minutes, add the balsamic vinegar, then stir to cook it down, 1 minute.

Add the chicken stock and crushed tomatoes, bring to a boil and then add the bread. Within 5 minutes the bread will bloat; stir to break it up. Simmer for another 5 minutes to really thicken the stoup up. Season stoup with salt and pepper, to taste. Fold in the basil.

The stoup is done when a spoon stands upright in pot. Ladle the stoup into bowls and top with EVOO and cheese. 

This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization, go to

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