Soup alla Canavese is a wonderful and simple soup that can be easily made at home. It is a great option for anyone looking to add a healthy and delicious dish to their meal plan. This recipe is originally from Piedmont, a region located in Italy's north-west, and it's very popular in the area. The soup is made using basic ingredients such as white stock, cauliflower, tomato puree, sage, and Parmesan. The result is a hearty and nutritious soup that is perfect for cold winter days.
Funnily enough I'd spent more than five years living in Piedmont (in Italy's north-west) before I actually got to taste this recipe. Even weirder was the fact that I had to find myself in hospital, for a minor operation, before I got to eat it.
Normally hospital food is pretty horrible but in Italy, at least in the hospital where I was a patient, it was excellent.
The menu on the first night included this soup alla canavese as the starter. I ordered it expecting very little, but instead I was very pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, they didn't allow seconds, but since then I have continued to enjoy it regularly, and this recipe is the one I always use.
Four ounces of butter,
One stick celery
Two leaves of sage,
Four tablespoonsful of tomato puree
1) Chop up an onion, a carrot, a stick of celery, a little bacon fat, and fry all together in four ounces of butter.
2) Cover them with a good white stock, boil for a few minutes, sieve, and add four tablespoonsful of tomato puree.
3) Blanch a cauliflower in salted water; let it cool and drain. Break it into little bunches and add to the stock with two leaves of dried sage, crumbled up, and a little bit of chopped parsley, let it all boil together; add in a pinch of grated cheese and some pepper to taste.
4) Serve with grated Parmesan and a few basil leaves as a garnish.
Serves up to 4 people
Soup alla Canavese can be enjoyed as a starter or a main course.
It is also a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, and you can customize the recipe by adding your favorite vegetables or protein sources, such as chicken or beans. This soup can also be easily adapted to a vegan or vegetarian diet by using vegetable stock instead of white stock and omitting the Parmesan cheese.
Overall, soup alla canavese is a tasty and healthy recipe that everyone should try at least once. It's a great option for a family dinner or a cozy night in.