Two 14-ounce cans finely chopped or crushed tomatoessuch as Cento
2cupslow-sodium chicken or vegetable brothplus up to 2 cups more
4cupsstale bread cubes cut into 1-inch cubes. I use an Italian type loaf of bread.
4+ sprigs basil
A few pieces of Parmesan rind
1cupfreshly grated Parmesan
In a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat add the olive oil and pancetta.
Meaning, in the same pan, add the red onion, carrot, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, about 1-2 minutes.
Add the salt, canned tomatoes, chicken (or vegetable) broth, and bread cubes; stir to combine. Add the Parmesan rind and a few sprigs of basil.
Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle bubble. Continue to cook and after about 5 minutes, add in the pancetta.
Cook for 25 minutes, stirring often to break apart the bread and prevent anything sticking to the bottom of the pan. If the soup gets too thick, add extra broth as needed. There are times I have added up to 2.5 cups of additional broth as I didn't measure out the bread. It is supposed to be a thick and hearty soup so don't expect it to be a thin consistency.
Right before serving, add in the grated Parmesan cheese.