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Le Virtù recipe

Le Virtù (A typical Abruzzese dish from Italy) by Davide Di Fabio

Make this hearty one pot meal traditionally from Abruzzo in Italy made from seven types of seven different ingredients, using Massimo Bottura's sous chef from Osteria Francescana, Davide Di Fabio's secret recipe! It's the perfect tasty way to use up festive leftovers, shared as part of the Cooking is an Act of love campaign.

11 December, 2019
Average: 1.8 (33 votes)

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7 types of dried legumes
7 types of in-season vegetables
7 types of winter vegetables
7 types of seasonings
7 different shapes of pasta
7 different cuts of meat

Step 01

Cut the onion, garlic, celery and carrots, and brown them in a pan with a little oil. After a few minutes, add the pork trimmings or any other meat leftover you have. Add water to the pan and bring it to boil, cook over low heat for at least 2/3 hours. .

Step 02

When the broth is ready, remove all the pieces of meat from the pot and set them aside. Gently scoops the grey layer out from the top of the broth with a fine mesh sieve. Then add, according to cooking time, legumes, cereals, vegetables and let them cook for at least half an hour.

Step 03

When all the ingredients are cooked and just before serving, add the different shapes of pasta, letting them cook directly in the soup.

Step 04

The traditional recipe wants the soup to cook for a total of at least 4 hours, depending on the ingredients used.


NOTES: Do not be intimidated by the number 7, this recipe can be made with any number of ingredients. 



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