Easy40 min4 ServesInexpensive


Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you are looking for a traditional Sardinian dish that is both delicious and healthy, look no further than pane frattau. This ancient recipe has been passed down through generations in the Barbagia region of Sardinia and is known for its unique flavor and nutritional benefits. Made with simple ingredients like bread, tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, and eggs, pane frattau is a hearty and satisfying meal that will transport you straight to the heart of Sardinia.

Its preparation is very simple. It can take around 30-40 minutes, depending on how quickly one can cook the tomato sauce and eggs and how long it takes to prepare the bread. However, it’s important to note that the dough for the bread needs to rest for at least an hour before rolling and baking, so it’s best to plan accordingly.

Pane Frattau step by step:

Pane Carasau Sardinian flatbread4 sheets
Tomato sauce600g
Pecorino cheese, grated200 g
Garlic2 cloves
Extra virgin olive oilAs needed
SaltAs needed
WaterAs needed

Preparation method

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
  • Step 2 – In a saucepan, heat the tomato sauce over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Step 3 – Grate the pecorino cheese and set aside.
  • Step 4 – In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add one sheet of pane carasau at a time and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Step 5 – Take a large baking dish and spread a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom.
  • Step 6 – Place one sheet of pane carasau on top of the tomato sauce.
  • Step 7 – Add a spoonful of tomato sauce and a sprinkle of grated pecorino cheese on top of the bread.
  • Step 8 – Repeat step 6 and 7 until all the bread, tomato sauce, and pecorino cheese are used up. Make sure to end with a layer of tomato sauce and pecorino cheese on top.
  • Step 9 – Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  • Step 10 – While the dish is baking, poach the eggs in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  • Step 11 – Take the baking dish out of the oven and place one poached egg on top of each serving of Pane Frattau.

At the end of cooking, you are ready to taste a healthy Barbagia delight: buon appetito!

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