I've been on an Italian kick lately. Yesterday I watched Roman Holiday again.
For dinner, I decided to cook from the big book: Italy The Beautiful Cookbook. The pictures throughout are delicious too. I settled on a dish from Lombardia: Zuppa Pavese or rather Pavia Soup.
Essentially, it's a poached egg soup. Yep.
Doesn't this look elegant? Of course, mine didn't look like this, but it tasted fantastic. I was actually quite thrilled. Let me tell you how easy it is and you can see for yourself. I made a few additions, which I'll include too.
2 slices firm, coarse-textured bread (and a bit o' butter)
32 oz chicken broth
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons chopped spinach
2 tablespoons chopped onions
dash of cayenne pepper
This recipe serves 2 people. So, pull out 2 oven-proof soup bowls.
Preheat oven to 350 and then turn off. Toast bread and spread with butter. Add 1 tablespoon of onions and 2 tablespoons of spinach to each bowl. Lay 1 slice of buttered bread on top of spinach and onions in each bowl. Make sure bread is resting firmly on vegetables. Put bowls in warm oven.
Meanwhile, bring broth to a boil. Add pepper and cayenne pepper to broth. When broth has started boiling (note: simmering broth isn't sufficient; must be boiling to poach egg) take bowls carefully out of oven. Carefully break 1 egg over toast in each bowl keeping yolk intact. Pour boiling broth into bowls. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.
It's the perfect light meal with so little work. I could get used to this. Buono Appetito.