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Easy Bruschetta Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil

Learn how to make bruschetta with this easy bruschetta recipe… It packs loads of fresh ingredients and comes together in under 15 minutes, perfect as an appetizer or even as a meal!

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Easy Bruschetta Recipe

The simplest recipes are most often the best, in my opinion, and it just doesn’t get much simpler than this quick and easy bruschetta recipe — if you can even call it a recipe. To make this yummy bruschetta, all you need is a fresh, crusty French baguette, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, a fresh garlic clove, and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Notice the theme here? Simple and fresh = delicious! You’ll also need some extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt, and pepper.

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How To Make Bruschetta

First I sliced half of the baguette on the diagonal into 12 half-inch thick pieces. Place the slices on a baking sheet and toast them on the top rack of your oven at 450 degrees for about 5-6 minutes, until they’re lightly toasted and golden brown around the edges.

When the slices are cool enough to handle, rub each with a clove of garlic that’s been cut in half and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

how to make bruschetta in a toaster oven

I actually toasted the bread in my toaster oven for this step, and it was surprisingly efficient! What would take 15 minutes of preheating time and another 5-6 minutes cooking time in my conventional oven takes only 2 minutes in the toaster oven. I simply placed the French baguette slices on the toaster oven tray, pressed the “toast” button, and waited for it to work its magic. Perfecto!

In case you’re not aware, bruschetta actually refers to the grilled bread itself, sans toppings. The bruschetta toppings can either be served as a dip on the side or spooned over the prepared bruschetta.

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Simple Tomato Bruschetta

My personal favorite way to top this recipe for bruschetta is with a simple tomato mixture with diced mozzarella and fresh basil. Stir them all together with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

I used a tasty mixture of red and orange cherry tomatoes. Their sweet and tangy flavor pairs perfectly with the fresh basil — I just love when tomatoes are in season!

Tip: Use a serrated knife to chop tomatoes — it makes slicing through the thin, slippery skin safer and easier!

easy bruschetta with tomatoes mozzarella and basil

This simple bruschetta recipe just packs so much flavor! It’s a fantastic appetizer, but I could also easily eat it as a meal. If you’re serving it as an appetizer to guests, spoon the toppings on right before serving, or as I mentioned earlier, serve it on the side as a dip.

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simple and easy bruschetta recipe with tomatoes

Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Yield: 12 bruschetta slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Learn how to make bruschetta with this easy bruschetta recipe... It packs loads of fresh ingredients and comes together in under 15 minutes, perfect as an appetizer or even as a meal!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 French baguette, sliced into 12 pieces
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 4 large basil leaves, chiffonade
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice half of the baguette on the diagonal into 12 half-inch thick pieces. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and toast them on the top rack of your oven at 450 degrees for about 5-6 minutes, until lightly toasted and golden brown around the edges.
  3. When the slices are cool enough to handle, rub them with a clove of garlic that's been cut in half. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Place the sliced tomatoes, diced mozzarella and basil chiffonade together in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  5. Spoon the tomato mixture over the bruschetta or serve on the side as a dip.

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Updated from the archives — originally posted in June 2014

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Andie Thueson

Thursday 2nd of August 2018

I am a sucker for Bruschetta, and these look so amazing! Wishing I could teleport this to me! ;)

Abeer Rizvi

Thursday 2nd of August 2018

Nothing beats a good bruschetta recipe in the Summer time... Yum!

Joanie

Wednesday 1st of August 2018

I love a good bruschetta recipe and this one fits the bill! It's so easy to put together and lovely to serve when unexpected guests arrive.

Sandi

Wednesday 1st of August 2018

This bruschetta would be wonderful for summer entertaining!

Allyson Zea

Wednesday 1st of August 2018

I love using fresh tomatoes and basil for pretty much everything! Bruschetta is my favorite!