Recipe chosen by: Me!
Link to Recipe: Pappa Al Pomidoro
My turn to pick a recipe! I wasn't really sure what this one would be like, but it sounded interesting.
To make things even more challenging, I left this until I was back in Ohio over the holidays. My mom's kitchen, all new equipment, completely new recipe, and two grocery store trips (the tiny one that had the pancetta didn't have the fennel bulb - figures :) made this one a three day affair. On the plus side, I finally got to cook for my parents. They've been salivating over the pictures for months without any way of tasting things.
I'd say reviews were mixed. Everyone loved the topping (because how can you go wrong with bread and pancetta?). Mom and hubby loved the soup. Dad was polite and finished his bowl, but that was about it. I'm still on the fence.
The soup went together easily, and the topping was just plain amazing. I liked how the ciabatta melted into the soup after simmering and gave it a lovely texture. The tomatoes were just a bit too acidic for me. It might have been the brand I chose, so I'll definitely give it another shot when I'm back in my kitchen.
Here's the hubby "helping":
Again, I think Ina gave another winner. This is something I would have never chosen to make on my own, but it was a fantastic experience.
I hope everyone enjoyed it!