Especially during the Tuscan winter we eat soups and meaty stews, nutritious dishes to be consumed warm, usually with some polenta or potatoes on the side. The soups, apart from the famous, vegetable-rich zuppa toscana and ribollita, are made with legumes and flour.
Scottiglia is a typical dish from the Tuscan countryside of the Maremma region and sits halfway between a stew and a soup. It is known as the 'cacciucco di carne', meaning that, as with the Livornese cacciucco (fish stew), it uses various meats and includes tomatoes. And just as the cacciucco alla Livornese makes use of the unsold fish of the day, this cacciucco of the earth uses the less prized, less expensive cuts of meat, cuts which came from animals slaughtered that very day but which did not manage to sell in the market.
Scottiglia is therefore a recipe from the cucina degli avanzi (scraps cuisine) and the 'waste not want not' principle that defines peasant cuisine, not just Tuscan cooking.
Preparing scottiglia requires a bit of patience, because the meat has to cook for a while. Traditionally it would be made in terracotta pan.