Falling somewhere between a soup and a panade, soupe crasse is one of those hearty Northern Italian dishes specifically designed to warm you up within minutes of coming in from the cold. Can you believe it’s only made with five ingredients?
Stock, butter, bread sticks, cheese, and onions - that’s all you need to make this dish! The bread sticks soak up the hot chicken stock and the melting cheese binds it all together, all in about 30 minutes.
The recipe recommends Taleggio cheese, which is one of our favorite Italian cheeses. It has a soft interior and a wonderfully pungent and milky flavor courtesy of its cow’s milk beginnings and washed-rind ending. It’s the perfect cheese for a recipe like this. If you don’t have a hunk of Taleggio on hand, however, we imagine that any decent melting cheese could be thrown into this recipe with delicious results.
We’d also be tempted to throw a few more vegetables in to balance out all the carbs and dairy. The recipe has you discard the onions after infusing the butter, but why not leave them in? Some wilted kale or chard would also do well here, as would some tiny florets of broccoli or cauliflower.
Get the Recipe! Soupe Crasse - Bread and Cheese Soup from Saveur
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