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Carcerato soup: video recipe

10 minutes
2 hours

Legend has it that many years ago, in Pistoia, the city’s old slaughterhouse did not sell giblets but threw them in the Brana river. The hungry prisoners of St. Catherine prison, seeing all that waste, asked for permission to have the offal and make a soup, adding some stale bread and water. These are the origins of "carcerato" soup, chef Ilario tells us, from Osteria La Limonaia. Today this soup is enriched and flavoured with vegetables, spices and cheese. "Here is my ‘carcerato’ soup recipe and my reworked ‘carcerato’: with the same ingredients but a street food feel to it".

  1. 400 g of tripe
  2. 400 g of lampredotto
  3. 500 g of tail
  4. 2 onions
  5. 2 carrots
  6. 2 sticks of celery
  7. Half kg of stale bread
  8. 200 g of cheese
  9. Salt
  10. Pepper
  11. Broth
  • Prepare a soup with the tripe, lampredotto, tail and the vegetables.
  • Once the giblets are cooked (about 1 hour and a half) add the bread and keep on low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • During the long cooking time, occasionally add some broth.
  • Before serving, add a handful of pecorino cheese.


You can also make a “carcerato” sandwich. Just take the giblets when they are well cooked and cut them up. Fill a small round bread roll with them and add salt, pepper and some grated pecorino.

About Ilario Taccioli

Chef Ilario Taccioli is the fourth generation chef at Osteria la Limonaia, in Pistoia and currently a professor at the Professional Culinary Arts & Hotel Management School F. Martini in Montecatini Terme.

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