Zuppa Toscana - Tuscan Soup: Recipes from Italy's Tuscany central region!

Recipes

This website will eventually contain all types of recipes from Tuscany, from appetizers to desserts. I started with soups as the site is called Zuppa Toscana, or Tuscan soup, but I've started to add more recipes so remember to come back and check every once in a while.

Soups

There are many recipes for Tuscan soups, from vegetable minestrones to seafood soups. Each town or area in Tuscany has a soup that has become their specialty and which their mothers, grandmothers and greatgrandmothers before them have prepared following tradition. Of course, many recipes have spread and are no longer prepared just in Tuscany. But these are some of these soups that are generally considered Tuscan by tradition and which are still prepared here today. Here are some variations, with locality indicated.

Appetizers

I have lots of these, I'll add them as I get the chance.

Salads

Sauces

Side Dishes

Egg Dishes

Main dishes

Breads

Desserts

Some of my favorite desserts!

Special Occasions

Easter

Easter is quickly coming up, hope to have the time to add a few recipes here in time!

Christmas recipes

These recipes are for a traditional Tuscan Christmas meal, common in most homes, with a few variations -- it all depends on what you like best!

The meal usually starts with "Crostini di Fegato" followed by the "Tortellini al brodo" which are tortellini cooked in good meat stock, served with freshly grated Parmigiano cheese on top. The main meal consists of both a platter of "gran bollito", which are quality pieces of boiled beef (whose stock you use for the tortellini) with dipping sauces, with a side dish of roasted vegetables. Another option for a main dish is the "Arista alla Fiorentina" or Florentine roast pork. Oranges or tangerines usually follow this main dish, to "clean" the palate before finishing off with dessert. Dessert is often a "panettone" or "pandoro" (both common across Italy) or panforte or ricciarelli (common sweets across Italy but whose origin is from Siena, Tuscany).