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March 27, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: Italian soup recipes

Seven soup bowls

In the Italian-American communities of Boston and Rhode Island, you can order a bowl of minestrone or pasta e fagioli (pronounced around here, for reasons I can't quite fathom, pasta fazool) in any restaurant. In Italy, regional cooks go far beyond these two staples, combining the most humble local ingredients into complex flavors and textures.

Seven Italian soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Nan's Italian chicken and escarole soup, from Food Blogga

Italian wedding soup, from Iowa Girl Eats

Pappa di pomodoro, from  The Italian Dish

Paula Butturini's zuppa di fagioli (Italian white bean soup), from Farmgirl Fare

Italian sausage soup with tortellini, from La Mia Cucina

Italian onion soup, from Ms. Adventures in Italy

Creamy zucchini soup with fresh oregano and lemon, from Lucullian Delights

Find more delicious Italian soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Posted by: Cookin' Canuck | March 27, 2010 at 12:16 AM

What I love about most Italian soup is that they are hearty without being terribly fattening. Another great list to cook my way through!

Posted by: Louise | March 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Another great soup line-up! I love anything Italian. My problem is that I can't make them all--at least not all this week.

Posted by: T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types | March 27, 2010 at 03:28 PM

I really like the rustic flavor of Italian soups.

Posted by: Kalynskitchen | March 27, 2010 at 06:11 PM

Italian soups seem to have their own special flavors, love them all!

Posted by: Karina | March 28, 2010 at 12:26 AM

When we were in Italy for our honeymoon we ate lots of soup. Riboletta was my favorite- with pieces of stale Italian bread tossed into the soup. This post makes me want to try a gluten-free version.

Posted by: susan g | March 30, 2010 at 12:21 AM

It's 'pasta fazool' so you can say:
Don't be a fool,
Eat pasta fazool!

Posted by: CJ McD | March 30, 2010 at 08:19 PM

I love them all.

Signed- Just another soup nut-

Posted by: Lydia | March 30, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Cookin' Canuck, that's really true; Italian soups are usually vegetable or bean based, with very little fat.

Louise, I hope you'll try several of these soups, though perhaps not all at once! It would be hard to choose which one to make first.

TW, Kalynskitchen: Italian soups really do have their own unique flavors. I think it's the use of lots of herbs. Whatever it is, I love them.

Karina, ribollita is definitely on my list of recipes to share here on Soup Chick. And how wonderful, to honeymoon in Italy. Next time (hah!), I'd love to do that.

Susan, I'm giggling!

CJ, this is the place for soup nuts, and I'm so glad you're having fun here.

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