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tenerumi of Sicilian Soup

With pasta as per tradition

by Ada Parisi
5 min read
Minestra siciliana di tenerumi

How to make Sicilian pasta soup at home with tenerumi

Sicilian pasta soup with tenerumi. From Sicily with love a dish of my childhood: the soup tenerumi, one of the most typical and most loved summer soups of the Sicilian cuisine. And find the VIDEO RECIPE on my YouTube channel.

A simple soup, made with fresh tomatoes, cheese and broken spaghetti, you eat traditionally lukewarm: It is refreshing and very yummy. Is’ one of the three hot soups typical of the Sicilian summer, together with PASTA AND FRESH BEANS and to the PASTA AND LONG ZUCCHINI SOUP. Of both recipes you will find the video tutorials on mio YouTube channel.

How to cook and what are tenerumi and Sicilian long zucchini

If you do not have the slightest idea what the tenerumi, Do not worry: is normal, because it is the name that in Sicily we give to the Leaves, 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.

Pasta with tenerumi: Alternative soup recipe

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!

Minestra siciliana di tenerumi

SOUP OF SICILY tenerumi (easy recipe)

Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


2 decks tenerumi

300 grams of tomatoes Piccadilly

a clove of garlic

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

fresh basil

200 grams of broken spaghetti

pecorino cheese or Sicilian canestrato


First look at the VIDEO RECIPE, So you will see how to clean the tenerumi. The only thing a bit boring about the Sicilian tenerumi soup is in fact the cleaning of 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 cut them on the cross and diver them for 30 seconds in boiling water to facilitate the operation), cut them in half and then into quarters, eliminating the seeds and water of vegetation.

Crush the garlic with the blade of a knife or with the palm of your hand and brown it in extra virgin olive oil in a large pan, over low heat, until it is golden. Add tomatoes (if you prefer you can also remove the garlic at this point), the chopped tenerumi, 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). 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!

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elisabetta corbetta 12 June 2019 - 08:20

A treat this soup
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 14 June 2019 - 11:52

Thank you!


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