Tenerumi are the leaves and tender shoots of the long squash plant called "cucuzza", which get cooked together with tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, basil, and noodles to make a summer soup. Tenerumi can be found in abundance at every outdoor vegetable stand in Sicily.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 bis 40 minutes
Ingredients for serving 4 people
400 g Spaghetti (in mouth-sized pieces; you can put on a handkerchief or dry cloth, fold closed, and crush the noodles with the back of your hand)
200 g skinned, cored tomatoes
2 bundles Tenerumi (or 750g chard leaves with stalks (the stalks can be used for other dishes)
1 medium-sized "snake zucchini", which is an elongated type of zucchini up to 1.5 m long, or two medium-sized green zucchini
Press the garlic and dry in olive oil. Cut the tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes into cubes, pluck off the leaves of the Tenerumi and tear apart, put it all in oil and sauté. Add half a liter of water, the salt and pepper, and boil for half an hour.
Add the noodles to the vegetables and boil until the noodles are firm. Finally, if you like, serve and sprinkle some grated Pecorino on top.
The information on this site comes from our Sicily expert Britta Bohn.
Britta has been dealing with daily life and life in Sicily for over 20 years.
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