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Onion, Tomato and Pancetta Soup

January's Gino's Challenge

Onion, Tomato and Pancetta Soup

one hour Easy Serves 4
Recipe from: Gino's Italian Escape - © Photo by Matt Russel


  • 4 Tablespoons - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 250g - Diced Pancetta
  • 700g - White Onions, Peeled And Finely Sliced
  • 1.5 Litres - Chicken Stock, Made With Stock Cubes
  • 1 X 400g - Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • To Taste - Salt And Black Pepper
  • 4 - Tablespoons Fresh Parmesan Cheese Shavings
  • 6 - Fresh Basil Leaves
  • To Serve - Warm Crusty Bread
  1. Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, pour in the oil and fry the pancetta for 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

  2. Add the onions and stir everything together. Lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. When the onions are a beautiful golden colour, pour in the stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, half-cover the pan and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally

  4. About 5 minutes before the cooking time is up, check the consistency of the soup and add a little more water if it is too thick.

  5. Just before serving, taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed (the pancetta may already have added enough saltiness).

  6. Serve hot, with Parmesan shavings and basil leaves sprinkled on top, and slices of warm crusty bread.

  7. Once you’re done, simply sit back and enjoy your Onion, Tomato and Pancetta Soup and don’t forget to check out other great authentic Italian recipes including great antipasti recipes, Italian pasta recipes, Italian soup recipes, Italian beef dishes and authentic pizza recipes.

Snap a photo of your finished creation and share it on social media with the hashtag: #GinosChallenge.

Good luck, and remember — cooking is an art, so don’t be afraid to get innovative!

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