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Basil Tomato Savoury Bread Pudding

This savoury bread pudding can be served as an alternative to potatoes or pasta.
The flavours of tomato, basil and Parmesan are wonderful together.
  • 8 slices whole wheat or multi grain bread
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced or 1 leek, white part only, washed and thinly sliced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces grape tomatoes cut in half
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
Egg Mixture
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Butter an oval glass casserole dish (see picture) or a 9x13 inch glass baking pan.
  2. Cut bread into cubes and place in dish.
  3. In a skillet, heat oil and cook shallots or leeks and garlic for 3-5 minutes over medium heat stirring frequently.
  4. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Remove skillet from heat and add basil, tossing lightly.
  7. Pour tomatoes and shallots over bread cubes in pan.
  8. Add 1 cups of Parmesan cheese and toss mixture until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  9. Make egg mixture.
  10. Beat eggs in a large bowl.
  11. Add milk and beat, adding salt and pepper.
  12. Pour egg mixture over bread and tomatoes. Stir lightly to be sure all the bread is moistened.
  13. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan over the pudding.
  14. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until pudding is puffed and golden.
  15. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes or so before serving.


  1. Keep the tomato recipes coming. This one sounds ever more enticing. JB

  2. I just made a copy of this recipe. Hope to try it in the near future! Perfect time of the year for it as well. Evie (Suwanee, GA)

  3. I have some tomatoes that are large instead of grape tomatoes. Do you think if I slice them thin and cut them up they will work in this recipe?

  4. Sheila, I would cut the tomatoes in half, seed them (to reduce the amount of juice) and then cut them into pieces the size of grape tomatoes.

  5. this is delicious...the whole family loved it....

  6. I made this for dinner tonight, it was a hit! I used big tomatoes (seeded and diced) I also added chopped up Morningstar tomato basil burger, used a regular onion. My four year old loved it and she usually doesn't like anything except plain noodles.

  7. This was amazing. We ate the leftovers for brunch this morning. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe just when I had an abundance of cherry tomatoes.


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