Onion, Tomato and Pancetta Soup

Zuppa di Cipolle e Pancetta

Are you looking for a delicious recipe with a difference? If you are, you’ve found it! Here’s my italian onion and tomato soup for you to enjoy.

By far – and I really mean by far – this has to be my favourite soup recipe in any of my books. If you like onion soup, this is so much more – in fact, I don’t know anyone who has tried it and not loved it. I think you will be amazed at the flavour combinations. Make sure it is always served hot. It will keep refrigerated for 48 hours, but remember, like most soups, it can be reheated only once.

About This Recipe



    • extra virgin olive oil4 tablespoons
    • diced pancetta250g
    • white onions, peeled and finely sliced700g
    • chicken stock, made with stock cubes1.5 litres
    • chopped tomatoes1 x 400g tin
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • fresh parmesan cheese shavings4 tablespoons
    • fresh basil leaves 6
    • warm crusty bread to serve

Feast your eyes on the finest italian onion and tomato soup! It’s straightforward and fun to make this great dish. Simply follow the instructions below and get the perfect result.

Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, pour in the oil and fry the pancetta for 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

Add the onions and stir everything together. Lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the onions are a beautiful golden colour, pour in the stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, half-cover the pan and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

About 5 minutes before the cooking time is up, check the consistency of the soup and add a little more water if it is too thick.

Just before serving, taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed (the pancetta may already have added enough saltiness).

Serve hot, with Parmesan shavings and basil leaves sprinkled on top, and slices of warm crusty bread.

Once you’re done, simply sit back and enjoy your Onion, Tomato and Pancetta Soup and don’t forget to check out other great authentic Italian recipes including great antipasti recipes, Italian pasta recipes, Italian soup recipes, Italian beef dishes and authentic pizza recipes.