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Neapolitan Soffritto, a typical Campania product

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The Neapolitan sauté is a particular recipe prepared with offal cooked in tomato and chilli sauce. Here is the recipe.

Do not be misled by the name: the Neapolitan sauté is not a chopped celery, carrot and onion used to prepare the tomato sauce. It is rather a fried pork prepared with the so-called coratella , that is all the less noble parts of the animal. Also known as Zuppa forte from Campania, it has very ancient origins. It was prepared on street corners by the zendraglie , that is the women who cooked the giblets, and served on toasted bread in exchange for a few coins.

The sautéed meat then, as often happens, has become ennobled and today it is only the best butchers in the city that keep all the secrets to prepare the sautéed soup to perfection. The perfect recipe therefore exists, but everyone has their own. We reveal how to prepare it following the traditional recipe as much as possible and therefore using the spleen, heart, lung, trachea and liver as well as tomato paste and bay leaf.

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How to prepare the Neapolitan sautéed recipe

  1. First cut the offal into small pieces and leave them to soak in water for two hours. Then drain and blanch for about 5 minutes to remove all impurities.
  2. In a pan, melt the lard with the oil and brown the meat for a few moments before blending with the red wine.
  3. When you no longer smell alcohol rising from the pan, add the tomato concentrate and sauce, aromatic herbs, chilli pepper and a few ladles of water.
  4. Cook for 2 hours on medium heat with the lid on and then again for 30 minutes without the lid so that the sauce dries. About halfway through cooking, add salt as well.
  5. Serve this tasty dish alone or prepare the Neapolitan sauté with spaghetti to create an extremely tasty first course.

If you are looking for other quick and easy recipes typical of Neapolitan cuisine then do not miss the legendary Neapolitan ragù .


The Neapolitan sauté can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days . We recommend consuming it after heating it.

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