Bagna cauda

Bagna Cauda Recipe

The easiest ever, fast, gentle, always succeeds and original flavor Bagna Cauda. The hot sauce of anchovies and garlic typical of Piemonte. Serve with vegetables.

bagna cauda

Bagna Cauda Recipe

The original flavor of an ancient dish

Bagna Cauda Recipe

The history of this dish is ancient. It was prepared at the time of harvest as a reward for laborers.
Bagna cauda is a preparation made with garlic , olive oil and anchovies , all reduced to a sauce by cooking with a lot of patience. If you want you can also add ingredients like butter, cream, milk, and chopped walnuts.
Today have become commonly use to serve it in special containers made of terracotta called Fojot consisting of a bowl that has undergone a burner to keep the sauce warm. I usually serve the Bagna Cauda in ordinary little bowls of glass, a solution that I prefer both because its convenience and because the main terracotta pot I use for cooking the Bagna Cauda keep the right temperature for a long time. I keep the terracotta pot over the cooker and refill when the guests ask!

An original alternative to Pinzimonio

Bagna Cauda Recipe

It is consumed dipping various kinds of seasonal vegetables usually divided between raw and cooked. Are typical and must try cardoons either raw or boiled, either raw or roasted in the oven peppers, Jerusalem artichokes (Topinambur) raw, raw leeks, onions cooked in the oven, the leaves of raw cabbage, cauliflower steamed, cooked beets, boiled potatoes, radishes, turnips raw, and all the vegetables that curiosity motivates you to try!

The easiest and always succeeds recipe

Bagna Cauda Recipe

I prepared Bagna Cauda many times. I used different recipes and have always found that they had two difficult elements  that I would like to avoid: melt the raw garlic cloves sliced in oil and clean the salted anchovies. When I tried this recipe I found that it was so simple, fast and always successful that almost did not seem real. It is also much lighter and preserve all the original flavor of the one prepared with raw garlic and leaves NO unpleasant odor the next day.

This Bagna Cauda does not make you smell like garlic!

Very often you give up Bagna Cauda because of the bad smell of garlic that gives off the next day. We have two or three tricks to avoid this unpleasant “side effect” of Bagna Cauda: do not reuse the same clothes worn by eating Bagna Cauda, take a long hot shower the next morning, brush your hair, brush your teeth with great care and use a particularly aromatic mouthwash, use a lot of gum.

With this Bagna Cauda do not need to use all these precautions because I verified each time that no one has ever complained about the smell the next day. This Bagna Cauda avoides to prevent Bagna Cauda!

Bagna Cauda Recipe

Bagna Cauda

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

Bagna Cauda

The easiest ever, fast, gentle, always succeeds and traditional flavor Bagna Cauda. The hot sauce of anchovies and garlic typical of Piemonte.


  • 6-12 cloves of garlic (use 1 or 2 cloves of garlic per persona as you prefer, I normally use 8 to 10)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 oz. butter
  • 14 oz. ca. of flat fillets of anchovies in oil (the weight is intended of dripped product, oil-free, which is normally shown on the jar)
  • 20 fl.oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 30 fl.oz. whipping cream


  1. Immerse the terracotta pan in cold water for at least 15-20 minutes, so that it soaks of water and does not break with heat, this practice is always necessary when using pans or trays of terracotta
  2. Clean the cloves of garlic with a knife, taking care to leave them whole and discard those that are already sprouting
  3. Pour the cup of milk and the garlic cloves in a small saucepan or in a frothed milk spout and put to cook over low heat, simmer for about 15 minutes until the garlic cloves are cooked
  4. As the garlic cloves are cooked remove them from the milk and mash with a fork until you have a smooth puree
  5. At this point drain the anchovy fillets and rinse very well under water for about 5 minutes, helping you with your hands to pass well water between the fillets and remove all the oil.
  6. When the water coming out of the strainer will be almost completely transparent and anchovies will have lost the smell of the oil to remove all the water screwing up the threads with your hands, forming a ball
  7. Using a very sharp knife to cut the anchovy fillets to reduce them into small pieces about 1/2 -1 inch
  8. Remove the terracotta pot from the water and dry it with a cloth
  9. Pour about half a cup of oil in terracotta pot
  10. Add the mashed garlic and stir with a fork
  11. Put on the smaller fire of the cooker and use the lowest flame, taking care that the oil does not fry ever. For all the preparation, the oil must be warm but never become too hot and forming the classic "bubbles" of frying, it should never sizzle too.
  12. When the oil and the mashed garlic cloves are blended add the anchovy fillets cut into small pieces
  13. Gradually add the oil while stirring and maintaining the temperature of the oil not too high, if you find that the oil is getting too hot, remove the pan from the heat while continuing to stir. Never lift the flame, and even if you have the feeling that the process is too slow wait for the heat to spread slowly through the walls of the terracotta pot. In order to dissolve the anchovies you only need a moderate heat and ... lots of patience!
  14. When the anchovies are dissolved, about after 15-25 minutes, add the butter and the remaining oil and the whipping cream, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Leave on the gas for a few minutes ... Bagna Cauda is ready!
  15. If you want you can prepare Bagna Cauda the day before, making sure to always warm up at low heat, avoiding the microwave, and adding the whipping cream just before serving.

Bagna Cauda Recipe

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