There isn’t a better way to beat the winter cold than a warm bowl of soup. In the words of Emiko Davies: “in Italian there are words that describe many different types of soup that we would otherwise have to use adjectives with”. Here is a list of traditional soups and recipes that you can find around the Region or.. try to make at home.
Cacciucco, perhaps comes from the Turkish world “kuciuck”, which means minute, small, and indicates precisely a dish in which ingredients are made into small pieces. Cacciucco is a popular seafood soup from the coast of Livorno and Viareggio, but each town has its own recipe. Find out here the recipe for Cacciucco alla Viareggina.
Farro, or spelt, is a truly ancient grain. It was one of the favorite dishes of the Romans who used it to feed their legions. It isn’t widely eaten today except in Garfagnana (Lucca province) where it is still made into fantastic soups. Straight from Lucca, here is the famous Tuscan spelt soup recipe.
It’s a very ancient dish, which used to be prepared on the ships – hence the name: bordatino is zuppa di bordo (on boat soup). It’s made with corn flour, beans and seasonal vegetables. The Black Fig shows us how to prepare a great bordatino.
Carcerato is a traditional soup from Pistoia. It’s made with giblets, stale bread and water and enriched with spices, cheese and garlic. Check out this article about the origins of the soup and the video-recipe.
It’s maybe the most famous Tuscan soup. It’s made with stale unsalted Tuscan bread and a variety of vegetables including the local Tuscan kale. Straight from Artimino, find out here an authentic ribollita recipe.
Acquacotta means cooked water, and its secret probably lies in the simplicity of the recipe and its natural, local ingredients: celery, basil, tomatoes, eggs…. the ingredients change according to the seasons, so there’s no such thing as a standard recipe for this dish. Find out here Alessia’s recipe.
Cover image credit: Serena Angelini