Acquacotta, literally "cooked water" is Tuscan soup with fresh vegetables. This version features Italian bacon, pancetta, and chili.
Chop the pancetta very finely, dice all the vegetables, crush the garlic. Put the pork fat, olive oil, onion, garlic and chili pepper in a large pot and cook over a medium flame till the onions are cooked. Then add all the vegetables and about a quart of water. Bring to boil and then simmer till vegetables are cooked (approx. 45 minutes). Variation: Once the soup is nearly cooked, crack and scramble an egg over it and allow the egg to cook. To serve, place 2-3 day old bread in bottom of your soup bowls and ladle the soup over them. You can also add a splash of olive oil and chili pepper flakes to taste.