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Roman recipes: Gladiator emmer soup

Today we have a very old recipe handed down over the generations.
It was the soup that gladiators used to eat before facing the enemy in the arena.
Ingredients: 500 g emmer; 150 g fresh pock rind; 100 g pork cheek; 1 or 2 garlic cloves; 1 onion; 400 g tomatoes; celery; parsley; marjoram; grated pecorino cheese; salt and pepper.

Preparation; soak the emmer in cold water and then drain.
Next wash the pock rind (use cold water), boil it for a couple of minutes and remove from the heat.
Next cut it into strips and then put it back on the burner and cook for a while.
Meanwhile grind the pork cheek with parsley, onion, basil and celery.
At this point place the mixture in a saucepan and cook over medium heat.
Next add the tomatoes, aromatic herbs, the pork rind and a cup of its water.
Cook for at least 20 minutes over high heat and keep stirring until it is cooked through.

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