Panada or panado is a sort of bread soup found in some Western European and Southern European cuisines and consisting of stale bread boiled to a pulp in water or other liquids.

Place of originWestern Europe
Region or stateEurope
Associated cuisineGreat Britain, France, Italy, Spain
Main ingredientsBread

In British cuisine, it may be flavoured with sugar, Zante currants, nutmeg, and so on.[1] A version of panada was a favorite dish of the author Percy Bysshe Shelley who was a vegetarian.[2] It was considered a light dish suitable for invalids or women who had just given birth.[3]

In French cuisine, it is often enriched with butter, milk, cream, or egg yolk.[4]

In northeastern Italy, it serves as an inexpensive meal in the poor areas of the countryside. It may be enriched with eggs, beef broth, and grated cheese. It was frequently prepared as a meal for elderly or ill people.

In Spanish cuisine, it is made by boiling bread in water or milk and adding flavoring.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, Third Edition, 2005
  2. ^ Hogg, Thomas Jefferson. The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley.G Routledge & Sons, 1906
  3. ^ Buchan, William (1838). Domestic Medicine: A Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases, by Regimen and Simple Medicines. p. 587.
  4. ^ Trésor de la langue française, s.v. 'panade'