Bread soup with potatoes and rocket
“It is worth letting bread go old just to make this soup, a starch-lover’s paradise. And it absolutely cannot be made with ‘white death’, sliced supermarket white bread. However, when made with the right ingredients, the combination of bread and potato with peppery rocket, a hint of chilli and fragrant olive oil, it is a most rewarding dish.”
500 g potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
enough cold water to cover
300 g stale bread
300 g rocket
100 ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 red chillies, sliced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
freshly grated pecorino or parmesan
Cover the potatoes with cold water and a little salt. Cook until soft.
Add the bread and rocket, taste, and add more salt if necessary. You may also need to add a little more water, in which case do make sure it is hot, not cold.
Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan and gently fry the chilli and garlic for a few minutes. Discard the chilli if you do not like it, and pour the oil and garlic over the soup.
Serve with freshly grated cheese.