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Simple Bruschetta Recipe

Bruschetta is an easy, Italian appetizer that always goes over well. Toasted bread, rubbed with garlic and topped with diced garden tomatoes, fresh basil and a hint of balsamic vinegar.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bruschetta, bruschetta recipe, how to make bruschetta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 143kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 1/2 french baguette cut into thin slices
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic* 1 peeled and kept whole, 1 minced
  • 4 large on the vine tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 8 large basil leaves chopped or sliced thin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • balsamic glaze** for drizzling, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  • Slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices. Brush each side with olive oil and bake 10 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and completely crisp. Remove from oven, cool slightly and rub each piece gently with whole garlic clove.
  • For the tomato bruschetta topping, add minced garlic, tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper together in a bowl and stir.
  • To serve, top each slice of bread with tomato topping and drizzle with balsamic glaze, if desired.


*I like a lot of garlic and have adjusted this recipe accordingly. If you are not a garlic person, feel free to adjust the amounts.
**The balsamic glaze I use and love is from Trader Joes, but have seen several at different grocery stores.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Vitamin C: 16.9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg