Bread and basil soup is a historical soup. In some version or other it is cooked all over Italy, made in 10 minutes with basic ingredients from the cupboard. It is one of those heartwarming and delicious soups that you can cook for ten people or just make for yourself. Cooking does not always have to be complicated or time-consuming. Some of the simplest recipes using the smallest number of ingredients are the best achievements. I feel great when I make something so good with so little effort and in no time, like this hearty bread and basil soup. This recipe is for one person, but you can see how easy it is to multiply the ingredients for your whole family. You can also make this with stale bread cubes; just cook them a few minutes longer and break them up with a spoon or whisk.
1 tablespoon fine dried breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano
1 teaspoon unsalted butter or extra-virgin olive
Salt, to taste
Bring 1 cup of water to a simmer. When the water is simmering, stir in the breadcrumbs, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Add the basil, and remove from the heat. Stir in the grated cheese and butter or oil. Season your bread and basil soup with salt and serve.