pan cotto

bread soup

'Cooked bread,' pan or pane cotto is a classic cucina povera dish of the south, where broth was often too expensive.

At its simplest, a soup made of stale bread and hot water, flavoured with bay leaves. Those who had a bit money would add beans, celery, greens or other vegetables.

In the Basilicata, they added olive oil, garlic, beaten egg, hot pepper flakes and basil.

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