Acquacotta – a Tuscan soup

Tuscany’s rolling hills of farmland really stands it’s self in good stead for amazing cuisine. The fresh local produce doesn’t need anything complicated to create a masterpiece. It’s hearty soups, stews and sauces are kept simple, and that’s best.

I could have my pick of soups from this region; ribollita, pappa al pomodoro,  but what really draws me to Acquacotta is the beautiful poached egg.

As your spoon slips in to the yolk, that silky golden goodness spills down in to the soup adding a richness that I couldn’t dream up. Of course you could serve the soup without it, but you’d be missing out terribly.

The ciabatta it sits on begins to soak up the deep savoury flavour of the soup, led by the porcini mushrooms. It breaks apart under the spoon, adding it’s robust texture to the mix.

Acquacotta is rustic, earthy cuisine at it’s best. You’d never imagine this soup takes only 30 minutes to concoct.

As always this dish would taste best in Tuscany it’s self, a glass of chianti in hand. Luckily for me, this recipe is my entry to a competition to win just that. So hello, I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas! Badly…


If you’d like to help me get to Tuscany. Simply click here, and vote for Acquacotta towards the bottom of the page. I’ll send you internet goodness and virtual hugs.acquacotta collage

To serve four, you’ll need:
50ml olive oil
1 carrot
1 onion
1 stick of celery
10g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked.
400g tomatoes
1 litre of chicken stock
A handful of chopped parsley
A slice of stale ciabatta
1 egg
4 Tbsp grated parmesan


Begin by dicing the soffritto of carrot, onion and celery and add to a large, heavy bottomed pan to saute in the olive oil.

As the onion begins to turn translucent, add the loosely chopped mushrooms and the tomatoes. Allow to cook for a few minutes until the skins of the tomatoes have split.

Now it’s time to go in with the chicken stock, and if you’ve used dried mushrooms, you might want to add a little of the reserved liquid from that too. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes are softened and have broken apart a little.

Whilst the soup finishes, add 4 eggs to the pot to poach. If you’re worried about this step, you can always poach them separately.

In a soup bowl, add a slice of ciabatta to each bowl, then top with a poached egg. Stir the parsley through the soup and spoon over the eggs. Finish with a tablespoon of parmesan per bowl. Enjoy!

If you’d like to help me get to Tuscany. Simply click here, and vote for Acquacotta towards the bottom of the page. I’ll send you internet goodness and virtual hugs.

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8 Comments on Acquacotta – a Tuscan soup

  1. kerrycooks
    July 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks delicious! I love your blog design

  2. Marie
    July 20, 2013 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

    Mmm this looks wonderful, something certainly worthy of winning! Can’t wait to try this, oh I placed my vote too!
    Best Wishes!
    ~ Marie

  3. Niccolò
    August 24, 2013 at 9:23 am (1 year ago)

    Weird, I’ve never heard of that dish (I’m from Florence).

    Looks good, though!

    • Vicki Higham
      August 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m assured it is a Tuscan classic. The organisers of the competition that I entered this in actually sent me a Tuscan cookery book as a prize and a variation of Acquacotta is in there :)

      • Niccolò
        August 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm (1 year ago)

        Yep, sure.

        I was just saying that I’ve never heard or had it, wasn’t implying it’s not Tuscan :-)

        • Niccolò
          August 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm (1 year ago)

          (P.S. actually I wanted to make that the other night!)

  4. katie skeoch
    February 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm (11 months ago)

    Looks so tasty! I will have to bookmark and try this later in the week ?

    • Vicki Higham
      February 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks Katie. I hope you try it


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