Zuppa di Ceci Chick-pea Soup Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 pound dried chick-peas 16 cups cold water 1 tablespoon salt, plus extra to taste ¼ cup chopped pancetta 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons chopped garlic ½ cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped carrots ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms soaked for […]

Spezzatino Classico Toscano Classic Tuscan Veal Stew Serves 4 You can also use beef shank or beef shoulder for this stew. Ingredients: ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons chopped garlic ⅓ cup chopped fresh sage 1 ½ pounds boneless veal shank or shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes Flour, for dusting ½ cup red or […]

Zuppa Lucchese Lucchese “Soup” Serves 6 This recipe comes out best if the chicken is grilled over coals or in a wood-burning oven, otherwise, what kind of devil is at work? At Vipore, we’d split the chicken open, weigh it down with a brick, and cook it over a hot fire. On a busy night, […]

Zuppa alla Frantoiana Fall Vegetable and Bean Soup Serves 10 When an Italian housewife makes La Frantoiana, she goes to the alimentari, or grocery shop, and asks the deli man if he has a prosciutto bone left over from carving sandwiches for his clients. If he does, she’ll use it to flavor her stock, and […]

“ZUPPA” DI CILIEGE Cherry “Soup” Serves 4 If you can’t get sour cherries, try using 2 pounds pitted Bing cherries mixed with ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries. Ingredients: 2 pounds pitted sour cherries ½ cup water 1 stick cinnamon ½ cup sugar 16 ladyfingers 4-6 tablespoons Grand Marnier or kirsch Procedure: 1. Place the […]