“A tavola non si invecchia”. - Italian proverb (At the table with good friends and family you do not become old).

Sharing authentic Italian recipes entrusted upon me through the privilege of being invited into many Italian homes and kitchen’s abroad. I travel, cook, eat, share, learn and photograph my experiences, a truly soul enriching journey. There are now over 100 recipes on this blog to search from. I am a Melbourne born girl who now resides in Pietrasanta, Italy. Sharing my love for food and all things Italian with you. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a person that really loves cooking and has made my passion my reality! Through talent and drive I now work as a private chef in some of the most prestigious private villa`s here in Tuscany, Italy!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Zuppa di cipolle (onion soup)

This soup represents everything Tuscan:  Rich in flavour, simple to prepare, and cheap on the pocket.  As the weather progresses to be cold and rainy in Italy this soup really warms the cockles. It is so simple and easy to prepare and so decedent to eat.  I recently made this for a very delighted group of Italians and enjoyed it with a glass of red wine.  Serving the individual bowls from the oven with bubbling melted cheese really has an impressive effect.
What you need:
One kilo of finely sliced onions
80g butter
40g white flour
One litre of homemade meat stock
Crusty bread sliced
Fontina cheese
Salt and Pepper
How to make:
1: Gently fry the onions and butter in a earthenware dish, stir with a wooden spoon to prevent from sticking.  Cook until the onions become soft and translucent
2: Continue to stir and gradually sprinkle with flour
3: Add the warm stock slowly and blend thoroughly
4: Cook over a lower heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
5: Add salt and pepper to taste
6: Place slices of bread in the middle of soup bowls, top with cheese.  Cook in the oven at 180 degrees until the cheese has melted
Buon Apetito

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