Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Soups

How to cook Paniscia Soup

Paniscia, the Italian Christmas rice soup. This is a dish from the cuisine of the Piedmont region.

A first or main course which is particularly rich and nutritious because of the wide range of ingredients it contains.

In fact it used to be consumed by the poorer families of both the Novara and Vercelli regions on national holidays.



  • 1 ¼ lb savoy cabbage
  • ½ lb Arborio rice
  • 3 ½ oz dried beans
  • 3 oz small salami
  • 2 ½ oz pancetta (italian bacon)
  • 3 oz canned tomatoes
  • 2 oz celery
  • 1 oz carrot
  • ¾ oz white onion
  • 1 oz butter
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup Barolo wine
  • salt and pepper t. t.



  1. Prepare all the vegetables for cooking by dicing them. Put the beans into a large casserole, cover them with the stock and season with a pinch of salt. Begin cooking them.
  2. Add the diced vegetables, cover, and simmer for about 1 hour.
  3. In another casserole, brown the chopped onion in the butter with the finely-chopped Salamella sausage meat.
  4. Add the pancetta, then the rice, and leave to gain flavor.
  5. Pour the red wine over it and allow to evaporate.
  6. Continue cooking the rice by adding the stock with vegetables a little at a time.
  7. Add the cabbage, the peeled tomato, and finish cooking
  8. When the soup is ready, transfer to the serving dish and decorate with some basil leaves.
  9. Your paniscia soup is now ready to be served!




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