Easy Bruschetta


I love bruschetta ~ I could eat it every day. When I make it at home, I don’t use crostini like normal people do. I like it on a nice slice of Italian bread. Weird, I know, but I love it that way. You can use this recipe any way you like. I picked a big bag of tomatoes from my garden so this was the first thing I thought of to make ~ well, maybe BLT’s first and this second.

I made the Italian bread using a recipe from Recipezaar . Here is a link to the recipe ~ Italian Bread (Bread Machine)

Here are some pictures of my loaf ~ the first one before it’s baked and the second one after:

On to the bruschetta…

Easy Bruschetta

2 large tomatoes, coarsely choppes
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 tbsps olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tsps chopped fresh parsley
Italian bread, baguette, sliced into thin slices
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400º.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except bread and Parmesan.

Place bread slices on a baking sheet and top evenly with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bottom of bread has browned. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes before serving.

Happy Cooking!

Red Wine Marinara

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A simple sauce that is so good. I like to serve it over a pasta with ridges so that the sauce really sticks to the pasta. I also use my stick blender instead of putting the tomatoes in the food processor.

Red Wine Marinara

1 29 oz can whole tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1/3 cup red wine
1 shallot, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
pinch of salt
generous dash of freshly ground pepper

Crush tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until bubbly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve over your favorite pasta such as angel hair, spaghetti or linguine.

I found this recipe on http://www.stephskitchen.com ~ which is a great site for down to earth recipes.