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Nice to be back…fresh market delicacies #1

It’s nice to be back..and to get these amazing fresh seasonal ingredients that only in some areas of Italy you can find and enjoy.

This particular kind of “Broccoli”, for instance, is a very special type of broccoli that you can find only in Vicenza: they grow on the hills of a small town called Creazzo. Goethe, when was here during his Italian journey in the 18th C, describes women carrying baskets full of them on their shoulders to sell these vegetables to the local market.

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You can make so many different and delicious dishes with these so simple, but tasty vegetables..last night we made a soup adding also potatoes, onion and…Gorgonzola!

“Broccoli Fiolari” Soup with Gorgonzola

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for 6 servings

500 g Broccoli Fiolari (or Broccoli)

1 red onion

3 potatoes

salt/pepper/extra virgin olive oil

1 lt vegetable stock

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARinse well the broccoli and cut the ends. Chop them and put them in a casserole with the onion and the potatoes (also chopped). Cover the vegetables with the stock and cook them until they are soft and the potatoes melting.

Blend it and add salt&pepper. If you like, you can add one or two spoons of white flour to thicken the soup.

Pour the soup in a bowl, put some Gorgonzola on top and drizzle with olive oil.

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Buon appetito!

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