recipe for Apulian dish with bread and turnip greens


Extra virgin olive oil

The Pancotto from Gargano is a typical recipe Apulian peasant tradition, a rich and filling soup made with just a few simple ingredients like stale bread, potatoes, turnip greens, and tomatoes. This is a poor foodcreated to recycle old bread, it has become appetizing and a true comfort food over the years, perfect for warming up on the coldest of days.

Warm and refreshing, pancotto del Gargano tastes better when consumed day later, seasoned with strawberry oil: the rest will intensify the flavors and aromas. Like other versions of pappa al pomodoro and pancotto, so does the Gargano version stale apple bread and local vegetables that may change seasonally.

In our version turnip greens, with a slightly spicy and bitter taste, are perfectly combined with the sweetness of juicy and aromatic potatoes and tomatoes for a delicious and very substantial result. Can be made with available vegetables like Pancotto herbs, wild chicory, rocket. The bread it can be soft wheat or durum wheat, the main thing is that it is stale so that it can be soaked in the broth of the soup without falling apart too much.

Learn how to make it by following the step-by-step procedure and tips.

How to make Pancotto del Gargano

Pour the oil into the pan and fry the garlic, then add the sliced ​​tomatoes 1.

Also add peeled and cubed potatoes 2. Cook on high heat for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, wash and clean the turnip greens 3.

Cut them roughly with a knife 4.

Add turnip greens to the vegetables in the pot 5.

Cover with plenty of boiling water or stock 6.

Season with salt and pepper and cook the pancotto on low, covered, for about 45 minutes. 7.

Meanwhile, cut the bread into slices, more or less thick, according to taste 8.

Ten minutes before the end of cooking, add the bread to the cooking soup 9.

Serve the pancotto hot, but not boiling, with a dollop of strawberry butter 10.


Pancotto can be stored in the refrigerator one day, then reheat or cook for a few minutes before enjoying. Freezing is not recommended.

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