tenerumi of Sicilian Soup

From Sicily with love a dish of my childhood: the tenerumi soup, one of the most typical summer soups and most popular Sicilian cuisine. A simple soup, made with fresh tomatoes, cheese and broken spaghetti, you eat traditionally lukewarm: It is refreshing and very yummy.

The long Sicilian zucchini

If you do not have the slightest idea what the tenerumi, Do not worry: is normal, because it is the name that we give to the leaves in Sicily, branches and the tops of the long zucchini, the so-called snake zucchini (lagenaria longissima). These pale green zucchini, which can reach a length of over one meter, They have large leaves in summer, sweet and velvety. Leaves, together with the branches and tops of the plant, in the summer they are mainly collected and used to prepare the soup tenerumi.

If you do not like soups but you are fortunate to find tenerumi, you can try the offering delicious recipe of SPAGHETTI GARLIC, Olio e TENERUMI, But I suggest that you give a chance to this delicious soup, refreshing and very light.

Traditionally this soup, that summer due to the seasonality of tenerumi, uses warm, even if I like it hot. Is, Obviously, if you purchase tenerumi with long zucchini (the 'Sicilian cocuzze), Also try another summer soup and wonderful typical Sicilian cuisine: the SOUP OF LONG COURGETTE. Obviously, If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can not use or replace the cheese with fried bread crumbs, How do I use in Sicily. And do not forget to have a look at all my SICILIAN RECIPES. Have a good day!

SOUP OF SICILY tenerumi (easy recipe)

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  • 2 decks tenerumi
  • 300 grams of tomatoes Piccadilly
  • a clove of garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil, to taste
  • 200 grams of broken spaghetti
  • pecorino cheese or Sicilian canestrato (Optional)


tenerumi of Sicilian Soup

The only thing a bit’ boring Sicilian soup tenerumi is just cleaning tenerumi: you have to remove the softer and tender leaves and shoots all and throw instead stems and leaves that are wilted or wasted. I suggest you leave tenerumi in cold water, changing it often, because they usually are dirty with earth and should be cleaned with care. When tenerumi will be perfectly clean, coarsely chop the knife.

Peel the tomatoes (if you prefer, you can start grooving to cross and plunge for 30 seconds in boiling water to facilitate the operation), cut them in half and then into quarters, removing the seeds and vegetation water.

Crush garlic with the blade of a knife or with the palm of the hand and fry in extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan, over low heat, until it is golden. Add tomatoes (if you prefer you can also remove the garlic at this point), fresh basil and saute for 5 minutes. Lengthen the soup with hot water (not a lot, because the vegetables release water and, although insufficient, you can always add) and, when the water is boiling, add tenerumi. Season with salt.

After 3-4 minutes, add to the Sicilian soup tenerumi the broken spaghetti. Bring cooked al dente. Season with salt, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. If you want, tenerumi can enrich the soup with cheese or grated pecorino canestrato. Bon appétit!

tenerumi of Sicilian Soup
tenerumi of Sicilian Soup

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elisabetta corbetta 12 June 2019 at 08:20

A treat this soup
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 14 June 2019 at 11:52

Thank you!


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