Pan Con Tomate Recipe (Pa Amb Tomàquet)

Overhead close up of pan amb tomaquet

Pan Con Tomate (or Pa Amb Tomàquet in Catalan) is a simple but delicious tapas recipe made with only 5 ingredients! It’s like a Spanish version of bruschetta in the best way possible with toasty bread, garlic and fresh grated tomatoes.

When Rick & I visited Barcelona (which is still one of our favorite cities by the way) we couldn’t get enough of the Catalan tomato bread served there. I think we seriously at it at least once a day. This delicious fresh tomato bread recipe goes by many names. Pan con tomate or pan tumaca in Spanish, and pa amb tomàquet in Catalan.

What is Pan Con Tomate?

  • Pa amb tomàquet is toasted bread, that is rubbed with garlic while it’s still warm, and then topped with fresh grated tomatoes, and a sprinkle of olive oil and flaky salt. It’s probably the most famous tapas recipe in Catalonia. It’s fresh, simple and delicious.

Catalan Tomato Bread Ingredients:

  • Bread – I prefer using a loaf of ciabatta for this recipe.
  • Tomatoes – Look for the best ripe, juicy tomatoes you can find depending on the season. I prefer heirloom tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes.
  • Olive Oil – Use a good quality olive oil that you love. There are fruity varieties and peppery varieties.
  • Garlic
  • Flaky Sea Salt – I like Jacobsens and Maldon

How to Make Pan Con Tomate:

  1. Toast the Bread: You want the bread to be nice and crispy. I cook it in a 300 degree oven for about 30 minutes after drizzling it with olive oil.
  2. Rub the Garlic.  Slice a clove of garlic in half crosswise. While the bread is still warm, rum the garlic on the bread. Its crispiness will help “grate” the garlic into the nooks and crannies of the toasts.
  3. Grate the Tomato. Split tomatoes in half horizontally and grate on a box grater, leaving the skins. Finely chop the skins and mix into the grated flesh; season very generously with salt. Spoon onto the toasts.
  4. Let Rest.  Let sit a couple minutes to allow the juices to soak into the bread. 
  5. Drizzle with Oil.  Sprinkle some good-quality olive oil over the bread.
  6. Sprinkle with Salt.  Add some flaky salt and enjoy!

Slices of toasted bread arranged on serving tray with bowl of grated tomatoes.

Wine Pairings for Tomato Bread:

  • Cava
  • Rosé
  • Vinho Verde

Overhead shot of pan con tomate on grey serving plate next to grated tomato and slices of bread.

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Pan Con Tomate Recipe

Pan Con Tomate (or Pa Amb Tomàquet in Catalan) is a simple but delicious tapas recipe made with only 5 ingredients! It's like a Spanish version of bruschetta in the best way possible with toasty bread, garlic and fresh grated tomatoes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf ciabatta (split in half horizontally lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch slices)
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • 2 garlic cloves (halved crosswise)
  • 2 pounds beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until golden and crispy, 25-25 minutes. Rub warm bread slices with cut sides of garlic; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, split tomatoes in half horizontally. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the cut sides of the tomatoes into a large bowl, until only the skin remains. Finely chop the skins and mix into the grated flesh; season very generously with salt.
  • Spoon tomato sauce over toasted bread. Let sit a couple minutes to allow the juices to soak into the bread slightly. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with additional flaky salt. Enjoy!
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Equipment

Baking Sheet
Box Grater

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1259IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

2 comments

  1. Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so simple and tasty. I can’t wait until tomatoes are in season to make it!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      The good part is you don’t need to wait for amazing tomatoes – This dish is yummy year round!

      Reply

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