Lesso in Francesina – A Traditional Italian Recipe

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Lesso in francesinaBoiled beef with onions

If you’re looking for a truly indulgent treat, try the Lesso in Francesina recipe.  Francesina, the dish’s creator, was well-known for her culinary prowess. The boiled meat remade with onions is known as “francesina” by Florentines and Chiantigians. While preparing this dish takes some time, the end result is well worth the effort. Whether you’re entertaining guests or treating yourself to a luxurious meal, the Lesso in Francesina is sure to please.

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the Francesina sauce

• 1 kg onion, thinly sliced
• 1 carrot, finely chopped
• 1 celery stalk
• 4 tomatoes, diced


In a saucepan, sautè the onions, carrot and celery. Add the tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste and
cook for 15 minutes.

For the boiled meat:

• 800 g beef
• 1 carrot
• 1 onion
• 1 celery stalk


Simmer the meat for 2-3 hours. When the meat is ready, dice it and place it in the saucepan with the Francesina sauce. Cover with stock and simmer gently for a further 20 minutes until the stock is reduced.
** Any leftovers can also be served on hot toasted bread or used as a pasta sauce.**

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