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Lesso (Bollito)

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Lesso (Bollito)


  • 2 Pounds Chuck Roast
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 2 Medium Onions
  • 1 Bunch Swiss Chard (White Stalk)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 5 Sage Leaves
  • 5 Basil Leaves
  • 1 Rosemary Twig
  • 1 Thyme Twig
  • 2 Teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Marjoram
  • 1 Small Bunch Italian Parsley
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Wash the chuck roast and trip all of the excess fat, then place in a large pot.
  2. Wash all of the vegetables and cut into manageable pieces, then place in the pot.
  3. Add all herbs and seasonings to the pot.
  4. Add 2 quarts of water.
  5. Bring the entire pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 90 minutes.

When done, remove the meat, chop into large pieces, and set it aside.

Allow the broth and vegetables to cool for 30 minutes, then blend the mixture (not the beef) until creamy. 

Place the soup back in the bot, and bring it to a boil once again, then serve.

Serving Suggestions:

The Soup:

When you bring back to a boil, add some angel hair pasta for a few minutes, then serve with Parmesan cheese.

The Beef:

The beef will be very plain. The beef will have taken on some of the vegetable flavor, but most people will probably want to spice it up a bit. Here are a few suggestions:

Parmesan & Olive Oil

Simply top with a little extra virgin olive oil & high quality Parmesan cheese (Reggiano is best). This is incredibly simple and delicious. 


A very popular way to serve the beef in Italy is with mayonnaise.. especially if it is home made! 

Garlic Sauce

Make a simple sauce with Italian parsley, garlic, salt, pepper & olive oil. Drizzle it over the beef... Fantastic! 

Chopped in the Soup:

Chop up the meat and place back in the pot when you bring it all back to a boil for a richer soup. 

Nutritional Information:

Since this was such a great thing for Michael's diet, we wanted to find out what this all added up to. Each cup of this soup, along with a small piece of the beef (about 2" sq. worked out to be:

  • 107 Calories
  • 2.2gr Fat
  • 38mg Cholesterol
  • 396mg Sodium
  • 421mg Potassium
  • 14.5gr Protein
  • 6.7gr Carbs