Authentic Italian Bruschetta! Learn how to make a crowd-pleasing tomato bruschetta. The parmesan toasts take these over the top and you will love that drizzle of Balsamic Glaze.

Italian Tomato Bruschetta on a platter

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This is the ultimate summer party appetizer and a great way to use up those sweet and juicy summer tomatoes. We grow tomatoes and basil in our garden and homegrown ingredients will make the best bruschetta you will try!

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We recreated this bruschetta recipe after trying it on a date night at Bardonay – a fancy restaurant in Eagle, Idaho. We ordered their bruschetta as an appetizer and my husband and I were smitten.

The way they toasted their bread with cheese and drizzled all over with balsamic glaze was a winning combination and we couldn’t stop eating it. You’ll love how easy it is to re-create this restaurant-quality appetizer at home. The flavor profile makes me think of the classic Caprese Salad.

Up close bruschetta topped with tomatoes and basil

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is pronounced ‘brusketa’ in Italian. Most people think bruschetta is referring to the tomato topping but it’s actually referring to the toasted bread which is typically served with tomatoes or a variety of toppings like our Roasted Pepper Bruschetta.

Adding cheese to the toasts adds a little salty bite and makes them irresistible. You’ll want to munch on them before you even add the toppings.

Parmesan garlic bruschetta toasts on baking sheet

Ingredients for Tomato Bruschetta:

  • Roma Tomatoes – firmer and less juicy than other varieties, these are ideal for bruschetta. Dicing with a food chopper makes the process quick and easy.
  • Basil – for best results use fresh basil (not dried)
  • Garlic – add this to taste. We love plenty of garlic and use 4 cloves for the tomatoes and 1 clove for the toasts.
  • Balsamic vinegar – adds a rich layer of flavor
  • Extra virgin olive oil – using the best quality extra virgin will give you the best flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – this simple seasoning is all you need.

Ingredients for tomato bruschetta with roma tomatoes, basil, oil, balsamic, salt and pepper

Pro-Tip: Drain off the excess juice from the tomatoes once they are diced. The flavors of your tomato topping will be better and more concentrated.

Tomato bruschetta topping in a bowl

How to Chop Basil:

Basil is a delicate herb so be careful not to crush it. The best method for chopping basil is to Chiffonade – you want to chop it once and not go over it again with a knife as you would with parsley or the leaves will become bruised.

  1. Stack the basil leaves and gently roll them together into a tube.
  2. Use a sharp knife for a clean cut through the basil leaves
  3. Chiffonade – or thinly slice the rolled basil into thin ribbons.

How to chop basil with the chiffonade method into ribbons.

How to Make Bruschetta Toasts:

This process couldn’t be easier. Infusing the olive oil with minced garlic then topping them with a little parmesan is an easy way to turn these into the best tasting garlic parmesan bruschetta.

  1. Infuse oil with minced garlic and brush onto both sides of toasts.
  2. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake at 400˚F for 5 minutes then broil 1-2 minutes until golden.

step by step making parmesan garlic bruschetta toasts

How to Serve Bruschetta:

For this classic tomato bruschetta, we arrange the toasts on a platter and keep the tomato mixture in a separate bowl. This way, everyone can assemble their own bruschetta and the toasts will stay crisp under the tomatoes.

Biting through a crunchy toast topped with juicy tomatoes is a delicious mouthful.

Bruschetta toasts served on a platter with a bowl of tomato topping

Can I Freeze Bruschetta?

The tomato mixture is best enjoyed fresh and I would not recommend freezing it. Frozen tomatoes will become mealy and won’t look or taste vibrant after thawing.

The toasts could be made a day ahead and even frozen for longer storage. Before serving, thaw and re-crisp in the oven or air fryer.

Tomato Bruschetta on a toast

More Fresh Tomato Recipes:

When our garden tomatoes are ripe (and we always have tons), we love finding creative ways to use them up. This bruschetta and the tomato recipes below are the ones we make over and over.

P.S. To make the most of our extra tomatoes, we make as many batches of Roasted Tomato Salsa and stock up our freezer for winter.

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Classic Italian Bruschetta Recipe

5 from 206 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Italian Tomato Bruschetta on a platter
Authentic Italian Bruschetta! Learn how to make a crowd-pleasing tomato bruschetta. The crisp parmesan toasts take these over the top and you will love the drizzle of balsamic glaze.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Marinating Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 24 bruschetta toasts

INGREDIENTS FOR TOMATO BRUSCHETTA:

INGREDIENTS FOR TOASTS:

Instructions

Make the Tomato Topping:

  • Core and dice tomatoes (or use a food chopper). Drain any excess juice and transfer tomatoes to a medium bowl.
  • Stack basil leaves and roll them into a tube. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the basil into ribbons and transfer to the bowl with tomatoes.
  • Finely mince 5 garlic cloves. Mix 1 tsp of minced garlic into 3 Tbsp olive oil and set aside. Add remaining minced garlic to the mixing bowl with tomatoes.
  • Season tomatoes with 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp balsamic, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Stir gently to combine and set aside to marinate for 15-30 minutes. Serve with bruschetta toasts and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or balsamic glaze.

Make the Bruschetta Toasts:

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F with a rack in the center of the oven. Place toasts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut toasts into 1/2” thick slices, slicing diagonally.
  • Arrange toasts on the prepared baking sheet and brush the garlic infused olive oil on both sides of toasts. Sprinkle tops with parmesan cheese and bake at 400˚F for 5 minutes then broil on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

Nutrition Per Serving

62kcal Calories6g Carbs1g Protein4g Fat1g Saturated Fat1mg Cholesterol135mg Sodium52mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar155IU Vitamin A2mg Vitamin C27mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Classic Italian Bruschetta Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
62
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
135
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
52
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
155
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bruschetta, italian bruschetta, tomato bruschetta
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 62

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Rae-Shawna
    April 16, 2024

    My family loves this recipe! We add diced mozzarella as well. So delicious!

    Reply

  • Sandy
    March 19, 2024

    Just bought and used the food chopper to dice 4 cups of apples for a coffee cake. Wow, fast and great uniform pieces. Many thanks. I will try it on tomatoes when they are more in season. Love your recipes and demos. Thank you for sharing.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 19, 2024

      You’re welcome, Sandy!

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  • Mary E Self
    March 14, 2024

    Love your recipes. I can always count on them, and love your humor!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 15, 2024

      So glad to hear that, Mary!

      Reply

  • Joey
    March 11, 2024

    When I found this recipe, I was intrigued. Then, I tried it. The beruschetta was so good, I busted a nut!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 11, 2024

      Glad you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Melanie A Crouch
    February 28, 2024

    These are the best! I always make them for a quick lunch or snack. They are a hit in our home 😍

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Melanie!

      Reply

  • Melanie A Crouch
    February 14, 2024

    Super yummy! Great recipe. It’s a hit for Valentine’s Day 💕

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2024

      That’s great to hear, Melanie. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Ana
    February 6, 2024

    This recipe is truly a hit every single time! Thanks as always, Natasha!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 6, 2024

      That’s so great to hear, Ana! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

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