Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot. Fry the bread in portions on both sides until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper and drain on kitchen paper. Put beans in a sieve, rinse thoroughly and drain.
Meanwhile wash the meat, dab dry and cut into cubes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add the meat and fry over a high heat for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. In the meantime, peel and finely dice the garlic and onion.
Wash, clean and cut the chilli pepper and remove the seeds. Cut the pod into pieces. Add chili and garlic to the pot and steam for 1-2 minutes. Wash thyme, dab dry, remove coarse stalks and chop remaining thyme coarsely.
Put something aside for garnishing. Put tomatoes, broth, thyme and beans into the pot, bring to the boil and season with salt, pepper and sugar. If necessary, break the ciabatta into pieces and put it into the pot.
Sprinkle with remaining thyme.