Minestra Di Orzo


100 g of speck,
100 g of pearl barley,
1 liter and 3 / 4 water
200 g of smoked meat,
a small onion,
half small leek,
a potato,
a small stalk of celery,

How to make the Minestra di orzo:

Cut the speck into small cubes and put it to fry in a large pot.
Add barley washed and filled with water.
Add the smoked meat, boil the whole slowly for two hours.
Approximately 20 minutes before the end of cooking, add the finely chopped vegetables and continue cooking.
Remove the meat, cut into small pieces, and put it in the soup.
Season with salt.

By Annemarie, tanguera (tango dancer) in Bolzano

Serves 4

Regional recipe from Südtirol

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

You can reach Enrico at enricomassetti@msn.com.