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chopped ingredients or steak tartare

Battuto literally means 'beaten, whipped', like a beaten egg (uovo battuto). But most commonly it is used as another word for soffritto or a French mirepoix: a mix of finely chopped stuff that is the base for a soup or sauce. Usually it's onion, garlic and parsley, fried in olive oil. Sometimes it may include prosciutto, pancetta or lardo, maybe carrot and celery, olives, capers or other ingredients.

A battuto alla romana is parsley, celery, lardo and onion (and sometimes garlic). With the addition of tomato, a big battuto can become a very simple soup: minestra al battuto.

Battuto di chianina (or some other kind of meat) is raw meat 'whipped with a knife' into tiny bits, or steak tartare

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