Sicilian summer recipes include some healthy hot soups.
One of the main ingredients for some of these is a long shaped kind of courgette that we simply call cucuzza.
We also use “tinniruma” (tenerumi), cucuzza’s greens, in summer recipes.
You can find it in markets and even in supermarkets.
- 1 long cucuzza
- 1 onion
- 2 ripe tomatoes
- 2 stems of fresh oregano
- 2 spoons extra virgin olive oil
Peel the cucuzza and dice it into small cubes, slice the onion and dice also the tomatoes. Sautè the onion and tomatoes in e.v. olive oil in a terracotta pot, if you do not have one use a cast iron pot. Then add the cucuzza, a pinch of salt, a stem of fresh oregano. Cover with water and let it simmer gently until ready. Serve it with a dash of e.v. olive oil and sprinkle with fresh oregano.
The first night we had it as a soup, the following day, I cooked some pasta, added some grated cheese and turned it into a great dish of “pasta ca’ cucuzza”.￼
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