Carabaccia {Tuscan Onion Soup} & a COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY !


I was so excited when my friend Judy (Mrs. Divina Cucina herself) sent me a complimentary copy of her cookbook, “Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts Francini” to review.

I met Judy on Twitter last year and she’s amazing. She began her culinary career as a pastry chef in California & continued her studies of Tuscan cooking at the source, learning from locals and at the markets. She has lived in Florence, Italy, with her Italian husband for over 25 years. It is in Florence where she previously ran a cooking school & now hosts culinary tours (of which one day I hope to tag along on). Her cook book is a collection of almost 100 of her favorite Tuscan recipes, which have all been lovingly approved by her Italian husband, Andrea, so you know they’re deliziosi!

The book is lovely! I especially like how Judy has incorporated a blank notebook style page opposite from every recipe so you have room for your own notes! Just brilliant! Every recipe is easy to follow with clear instructions. I even love the laid back style font the book is printed in (yes, I’m a details girl).


There are so many fantastic authentic Tuscan recipes throughout, I had a very hard time deciding which recipe I was going to try first… Ultimately I decided on a soup because well it’s freezing here so…. I picked Judy’s Carabaccia {Tuscan Onion Soup} to give a try & I’m ever so happy I did. It was so flavorful & tasty! Even the bambini devoured it.

I know you’ll want to try it for yourselves…

From: Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts Francini
What you’ll need:
2 lbs onions, red or yellow
4 slices bread – toasted
5 cups broth
Parmesan – grated
8 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and pepper

What to do:
Slice the onions thinly (I used a mandolin & it worked beautifully) and saute in 8 tbsp of olive oil. Cook slowly in a covered pot over low heat for 30 minutes. If necessary, add a little water to avoid burning. Add broth and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Toast bread and place slices in soup bowls. Top with Carabaccia, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Buon Appetito!


So do you want a copy? I thought you might say that…

Well I won’t keep you in suspense, I’m going to let you know how you can get your  hands on a copy of this book right now!  You can order a copy of Judy’s cookbook and you can check out Judy’s website. It’s chock full of beautiful recipes and information about her tours.

OR YOU COULD WIN A COPY…(I see you smiling) Judy has graciously agreed to give a copy of her cookbook to ONE LUCKY READER! *the virtual crowd goes wild* Evviva!

I know you want to enter…It’s even autographed! Yep, Judy herself has signed the copy! As if that wasn’t enough the giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE (no matter where you live) I’m so grateful for this!! So come one, come all…

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Simply leave a comment here with your favorite all time Italian dish. Yep, that’s it!

At 12pm est (you all know by now that’s because I live in this time zone & well I make the rules LOL) on FRIDAY JAN 8th. We’ll choose ONE random winner by random number generator. Only ONE comment per person please. Don’t be stingy, duplicate entries will be disqualified so play nice.

So what are you waiting for, put that comment in NOW ; ) In bocca al lupo (good luck)



  1. 151
    Steven /

    Veal Marsala! Yesssssss!

  2. 152

    Bracioli is a dish I would love to try…it just sounds good!

  3. 153
    Elaine /

    I would say any dish w/ orecchiette in it–for some reason, I can’t get enough of that pasta shape.

  4. 154
    Tish Lara /

    pompelmo gelato from La Caraia in Florence

  5. 155

    sausage and peppers?
    chicken parm?
    stuffed shells?

    I just can’t…..

  6. 156

    Definitely lasagna … the pasta, the meat, the cheese, oh my!

  7. 157

    My favorite Italian recipe of the moment is for Ribolita (maybe spelled wrong here) which is a fantastic soup with panchetta, beans, tomatoes and… yummy-ness. Love love love soups in the winter.

  8. 158

    I think I’ve gotta go with some sort of stuffed shells. Or really, any baked-type pasta dish. It’s so cold outside, sounds like comfort food to me!

  9. 159

    Eggplant parmesan or chicken cacciatore…both favorites.

    And wouldn’t I just love to have another cookbook!

  10. 160

    This book looks fabulous! My favorite Italian dish is a polenta pie with sausage. This one, in fact:

  11. 161

    First…I tried to taste this amazingly delicious soup and my spoon didn’t go through the computer. So not happy…. 🙂

    Being Italian, I always get this question about my favorite and I have the hardest time deciding! The first thing that pops in my head is Biscotti Regina….but that is a cookie. So…I think there may be a tie with meals…Braciole or Rice balls (in my mother’s sauce). 😉

    Buonanotte! (Think I said that correct?)

  12. 162

    So many Italian recipes to choose from. I love them all. Probably would say gnocchi. I always order it if it’s on a menu.

  13. 163

    My favorite Italian Dish is Giada De Laurentiis.

  14. 164
    Anna /

    All time favorite is lasagna. Thick and heart style!

  15. 165
    Elana /

    mmmmh too hard to decide….favorite italian recipe…..probably Gnochi….gorgonzola in particular.

  16. 166

    Very diffcult to choose just one favorite, but if I had to it would have to be ravioli con burro e salvia (ravioli – cheese filled/not meat filled with sage and butter). YUM!! So simple yet so good.

  17. 167
    Chrissy /

    My favorite recipe is my grandfather’s pasta e fagioli! Thank you for a chance to win.

  18. 168

    Porcini risotto!! Yum!

  19. 169
    Yuri /

    My favorite italian dish is lasagna 🙂

  20. 170

    how to pick a favorite Italian dish-ugh, there are so many. I absolutely love a simple pasta dish of good olive oil, chiles, garlic and a smattering of pasta. Muy Bono..

  21. 171

    whoops, I see my funny mistake, above. a smattering of parsley will do just fine as an addition.

  22. 172

    Um I love Italian food too much to have a fave. Although I could seriously eat spaghetti every day of my life. But I also love a good manicotti.

  23. 173
    Rebecca /

    Wow. I can’t think of a favorite. I’ll just say Beef and Sausage stuffed shells with Marinara sauce. I love to try new dishes, though. This cookbook would be perfect for that. Thanks for the contest!

  24. 174

    One of my very favorite Italian sandwiches is Caponata. It’s delicious in the summer when you have an abundance of vegetables and mouth watering mozzarella on top. yum!

  25. 175

    That onion soup looks really good!

  26. 176

    I do love Italian food. I can’t think of one favorite, but since my last trip to Italy I have been consumed with all things lemon. We spent a week along the Amalfi Coast and the lemons there are divine, and the uses are superb! I love lemon pasta, limoncello and of course lemon gelato!
    When I was in Trapani I tried Pesto Trapanese which is to die for!

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