Pa amb tomàquet: Catalan Tomato Bread (Pa Amb Tomàquet)

Catalan Tomato Bread (Pa Amb Tomàquet)

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This Catalan Tomato Bread recipe is easy to make with just 5 ingredients and always tastes so fresh and delicious!

Ever since we moved to Barcelona, I’ve been getting lots and lots of requests for some authentic tapas recipes here on the blog. So this week, I’m excited to finally share two of my faves with you! Specifically, two of my Catalan faves, beginning with probably the most famous tapa in all of Catalonia…

…tomato bread. ♡

Or as its called in Catalan, pa amb tomàquet. Or in Spanish, pan con tomate.

If you ever come to Barcelona, be prepared to eat your weight in tomato bread because it is served absolutely everywhere here. Whenever we go out for tapas, it’s pretty much always the first dish brought out to the table. Whenever we eat at our Catalan friends’ houses, there is always a basket of fresh tomatoes and garlic served alongside the bread (never butter!). Whenever our friends from the States come to visit and want to learn an authentic Catalan recipe to bring home with them, we tell them they’ve gotta start with tomato bread. And I’ve even gotta say that — after a lifetime of reaching for bread with our butter — both Barclay and I have come to prefer this crispy Catalan tomato bread instead.

It’s made with just five easy ingredients — toasted bread, raw garlic, fresh tomatoes, olive oil and sea salt — and it always just tastes so light and fresh and flavorful. And now that fresh tomato season is rolling back around, it’s the perfect time to give it a try!

So grab some good-quality bread and let’s toast up a batch together. I’m certain you’re going to love it!

Catalan Tomato Bread Ingredients:

To make Catalan tomato bread, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Bread: In Catalonia, it is traditional to use coca bread (pictured above), which is kind of like a flat baguette that is then halved, sliced and toasted. But really, any type of bread will do for tomato bread. It’s just important that you toast the bread well so that it is nice and crispy on top, which will help the bread to “grate” the garlic.
  • Garlic: It’s traditional to serve tomato bread with large, whole, unpeeled garlic cloves that are sliced in half. This allows you to still get a good grip on the cloves without letting the raw garlic touch your fingers.
  • Tomatoes: Whatever tomatoes are most ripe and juicy!
  • Olive oil: Good-quality extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling.
  • Sea salt: It’s typical to serve tomato bread with a normal sea salt grinder. But I really like to use flaky sea salt for a little extra texture and crunch.

How To Make Tomato Bread:

So here’s the fun of tomato bread — you can either prepare it yourself before a meal or (much more fun) serve it DIY-style at the table! Often in Catalonia, restaurants will just bring you a board with all of the five ingredients laid out and then everyone passes it around to prepare a slice or two for themselves. But if you would prefer to prepare it in advance, I just advise waiting until the very last minute to add the tomatoes, since the bread can tend to get soggy if it sits out for too long.

Here’s how to make tomato bread (full instructions in the recipe below):

  1. Toast the bread: As mentioned above, it’s important that the bread be nice and crispy for the tomatoes and garlic to “grate” well on top of it. So slice the bread nice and thin. Then pop it in the toaster (or you can do a big batch in the oven) until it is nice and toasty and golden.
  2. Rub the garlic. Next, slice an unpeeled garlic clove in half. Then rub the clove all over the surface of the bread. I love the flavor of raw garlic on this bread, so I tend to add a lot here. But heads up — raw garlic is spicy! So if you’re not a big fan of garlic, I suggest going light on this step to begin.
  3. Rub the tomato. Next, slice a juicy ripe tomato in half. Then rub the tomato (cut side down) all over the surface of the bread, being sure to squeeze out lots of the rind.
  4. Drizzle the oil. Next, add a quick drizzle of good-quality olive oil to the top of the bread.
  5. Sprinkle with salt. However much you prefer, to taste.
  6. And…serve. Right away! Tomato bread can go soggy quickly. So serve it up ideally while they bread is still warm and crispy right out of the toaster. And enjoy!!

What To Serve With Tomato Bread:

This bread would be a delicious side dish with all sorts of meals. But we especially love serving it with:

  • Authentic Gazpacho
  • Catalan Chickpeas and Spinach
  • My Everyday Salad
  • Sangria or Vermouth


Catalan Tomato Bread (Pa Amb Tomàquet)

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

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This Catalan Tomato Bread recipe is easy to make with just 5 ingredients and always tastes so fresh and delicious!

  • thin slices of good bread
  • unpeeled whole garlic cloves, halved
  • ripe fresh tomatoes, halved
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt (I prefer flaky sea salt)

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  1. Toast the bread slices — either in a toaster, or by baking them in the oven at 400°F — until crispy and golden.  (Toasting/baking time will totally depend on the type and thickness of your bread.)
  2. Take a clove of garlic and rub it cut-side-down all over the top of a slice of bread.
  3. Take a tomato half and rub it cut-side-down all over the top of the bread.
  4. Drizzle the bread evenly with a hint of olive oil.  Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  5. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread.  Then serve immediately while they’re nice and warm!

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Pan Con Tomate Recipe (Pa Amb Tomàquet)

by Erin

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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 ate it at least once a day. That, and Fideuà.

This delicious fresh tomato bread recipe goes by many names.

Pan con tomate or pan tumaca in Spanish, and pa amb tomàquet in Catalan.

Table Of Contents

  1. What is Pan Con Tomate?
  2. What is Pan Con Tomate made with?
  3. Catalan Tomato Bread Ingredients
  4. What type of bread for Pan Con Tomate?
  5. How to Make Pan Con Tomate
  6. Pan con tomate vs bruschetta
  7. Wine pairings for Tomato Bread
  8. What goes with Pan Con Tomate
  9. Pan Con Tomate Recipe

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 one of the most famous tapas recipes in Catalonia. It’s fresh, simple and delicious.

What is Pan Con Tomate made with?

  • It’s a super simple recipe – made with just 5 ingredients: bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and salt.

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

What type of bread for Pan Con Tomate?

The traditional bread used to make Catalan tomato bread is coca bread (a flat baguette). I haven’t been able to find it here in the US, so I use a loaf of ciabatta bread. Any bread will work here, but a flat loaf is preferred.

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. I love this Gran Mendoza Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Argentina.
  6. Sprinkle with Salt.  Add some flaky salt and enjoy!

Pan con tomate vs bruschetta

What’s the difference between Spanish tomato bread and bruschetta?

Both are toasted breads that are topped with tomatoes. However, bruschetta typically features diced tomatoes that are mixed with fresh herbs and seasonings like basil and garlic.

Pan con tomate is even simpler. Toasted bread is rubbed with garlic cloves, then topped with a grated tomato mixture that’s seasoned simply with a bit of salt.

Wine pairings for Tomato Bread

  • Cava
  • Rosé
  • Vinho Verde

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What goes with Pan Con Tomate

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Pa Amb Tomàquet Recipe
  • 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
  • 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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Baking Sheet

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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

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This post was originally published in 2020. It was updated in 2022 to add new photographs. The Pa amb tomàquet recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

→ tom%c3%a0quet, translation into Russian, example sentences

Example of a translated sentence: Cantagalo (São Tomé i Príncipe), districte de São Tomé i Príncipe. ↔ Cantagalo is a district in Sao Tome and Principe.

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Cantagalo (São Tomé i Príncipe), districte de São Tomé i Príncipe.

Cantagalo is a district in the state of Sao Tome and Principe.


A través d’una altra finestra oberta, en Tom va entrellucar una taula desordenada amb una màquina d’escriure.

Through an open window, Tom saw a desk littered with papers and a typewriter.


Els Pierson tenien un helicòpter propi, amb lloc per a dotze persones, semblava, però Tom no havia comptat els seients.

The Pearsons had their own helicopter, which, it seemed to Tom (he did not count the seats), was designed for twelve people.


—I saps, Tome , que Noëlle ja ho sap?

– Do you think, Tom, Noel already knows about this?


Tom va adonar-se que Ed s’esforçava molt, que hauria preferit no mirar.

Tom saw that Ed was trying his best to hold on, but preferred not to look.


Era el territori nadiu de Tom , tot i que ara s’imaginava que amb prou feines si el coneixeria.

This was his hometown, although Tom can hardly recognize it now.


Un cop a baix, Tom va parlar amb recepció i va recordar-los que ell i la seva dona marxaven aquell matí.

Going downstairs, Tom spoke to the receptionist again, reminding him that he and his wife would be leaving the hotel that morning.


—Oh, en principi, torno d’aquí a sis setmanes —va dir en Tom , tot i que no ho creia en absolut.

I’ll be back in a month and a half, Tom replied, although he really didn’t think so at all.


I així va ser, fins que el meu germà James va conèixer el seu marit Tom .

That was until my brother James met his husband Tom.


Tom es mirava Heloise que ballava uns passos de vals amb la copa de xampany a la mà.

Tom looked at Eloise, who was waltzing with a glass of champagne in her hands.


En Tom volia preguntar-li com estava la Cynthia, però va recordar que en Bernard ja no la veia.

Tom wanted to ask him how Cynthia was doing, but remembered that Bernard was no longer seeing her.


—Creu que van ser…—en Tom va intentar trobar la paraula adequada per a vàndals—… joves violents, oi?

– Do you think – Tom tried to find the right word – that this is the work of hooligans?


, va preguntar en Tom al seu germà.

Did you hear? Tom asked his brother.


Va agafar la cadira que li oferia en Tom i va obrir la cartera de pell marró.

He sat down on the chair offered by Tom and opened the brown leather briefcase.


A Tom no li agrada el formatge.

Tom doesn’t like cheese.


Penso que li guardes… que li amagues diners bruts a aquest belitre de Tom Ripley.

I think you’re keeping… hiding ill-gotten money for that dishonest Tom Ripley type.


Els periodistes i els fotògrafs ens bloquegen el camí fins al taxi que en Tom ha fet venir i no podem avançar.

Journalists and photographers are blocking the way to the taxi that Tom hailed for us, and we can’t move a single step.


Sabia que aquí havia de servir de suport a Tomàs , però també era conscient que no n’era capaç.

She is aware that she was supposed to be his support here, but she is also aware of her inability to do so.


Tom es ficà al llit deixant de banda la tirallonga de les pregaries, i Sid prengué nota, mentalment, de l’omissió.

Tom went to bed, not considering it necessary to burden himself with prayer, and Sid mentally noted this omission.


Cais do Valongo (Doc Valongo), lloc que va ser el principal port de comerç d’esclaus dels tres continents americans al 1800 | Imatge: Tomas Silva / Agência Brasil / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Quatre cops al dia, havia llegit Tom , els muetzins cridaven tothom a pregar; avui dia ho feia una veu enregistrada.