Simple Shortcut Bruschetta { with canned tomatoes}

Simple short cut bruschetta has all the flavours of traditional Italian bruschetta, but can be make in a pinch with pantry items! 

bruschetta on bread drizzled with balsamic

2020 has been the year to get creative with pantry items in my meal plans! 

It has also been the year where I am sure more bread has been baked at home than ever before!

We can’t have all that naked bread – you must top your fresh bread with this shortcut bruschetta! 

While authentic Italian Bruschetta is made with fresh tomatoes, but this 2020 version is using up canned tomatoes you already have! 

Canned vs fresh tomatoes

bruschetta mixed in bowl flatlay

Besides being really convenient, more readily available, and pre cut, canned tomatoes also have a bit of salt added to them – which in this case is a good thing for flavour.

Canned tomatoes are prepared at peak freshness, too. The perfect tomato ripeness flavor is more predictable with the canned variety. 

Canned tomatoes are also cooked tomatoes, where as fresh have the skins and are uncooked. This makes a bit of a different texture for this version of bruschetta than its traditional Italian counterpart.

You can absolutely use fresh tomatoes if you have them.

What’s needed for Bruschetta?

As with the traditional Italian version, this pantry version uses tomatoes (canned), cheese, basil (dried), onion, oil, and garlic. 

This version has a pinch of sugar – don’t skip it. 

ingredients laid out and labelled for bruschetta recipe

Do I have to add sugar?

The sugar is used in this pantry friendly version to neutralize the canned tomatoes. Not adding the sugar will make your bruschetta very acidic tasting. 

How can you use bruschetta on your meal plans?

close up bruschetta on bread with bowl in background

  • The traditional way – on top of toasted baguette! 
  • Serve it on top of pasta.
  • Top baked or grilled chicken with it.
  • Add as a salad topper.
  • Load it up on top of this Chicken Parm

Dried vs Fresh Basil

The goal with this recipe is to utilize what is in your pantry and avoid going to the grocery store. This recipe would be awesome with fresh basil – and if you have it, for sure use it! 

But, know that you don’t need a special grocery store visit for fresh basil. 

close up of bruschetta on slice of bread

Are you ready to add this shortcut bruschetta to your meal plans this week?!

If you make it, tag me @mealplanaddict on Instagram so I can see your version!

bruschetta on bread drizzled with balsamic

Simple Shortcut Bruschetta { with canned tomatoes}

Print Recipe
Simple short cut bruschetta has all the flavours of traditional Italian bruschetta, but can be make in a pinch with pantry items!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bruschetta, bruschetta recipe, Canned tomato recipe, pantry recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 as an appitizer
Calories 149
Author Steph


  • 796 ml can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  • Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl.
  • Gently combine and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Use within 2-3 days.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g

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