Minestra di castagne, also known as chestnut soup, is a traditional dish from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. This hearty soup is made with chestnuts, vegetables, and herbs, creating a warm and comforting meal. It can be found in various towns and communes of Emilia-Romagna, such as Bologna, Modena, and Parma.

In Bologna, you can find minestra di castagne at local trattorias and osterias, such as Trattoria Anna Maria and Osteria dell’Orsa. These establishments are known for their authentic and delicious regional cuisine. In Modena, you can try this soup at Osteria Francescana, a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant that offers a modern twist on traditional Italian dishes. In Parma, you can find it at Trattoria Corrieri, a historic restaurant that has been serving traditional Emilian cuisine since 1801.

Here is a simple recipe for minestra di castagne:

Ingredients:
– 500g chestnuts
– 1 onion, chopped
– 2 carrots, diced
– 2 celery stalks, diced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 sprig of rosemary
– 1 liter vegetable broth
– Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Peel the chestnuts and set aside.
2. In a large pot, sauté the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until softened.
3. Add the chestnuts and rosemary to the pot and cook for a few minutes.
4. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the chestnuts are tender.
5. Remove the rosemary sprig and blend the soup until smooth.
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Minestra di castagne has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Products) recognition, which guarantees its traditional production methods and quality. The specifications for this recognition include the use of locally sourced chestnuts, vegetables, and herbs, as well as the traditional cooking techniques passed down through generations.

Sources:
– “Minestra di castagne” – www.bolognawelcome.com
– “Minestra di castagne” – www.modenatur.it
– “Minestra di castagne” – www.parmaitaly.com