Spring has sprung, FINALMENTE!! (at last!!). Well, technically la primavera, spring, started almost a month ago. But to be honest with you, it’s been pretty cold around here in Philly (or rainy on a lucky day). But hey, we have the pretty flowers and the cute birds, allergy season is on, and I don’t want to be like the old ladies always complaining about the weather, although I totally understand them (come vi capisco!) and am considering joining one if their clubs so I can let out all my feelings about this nasty weather with no fear of being labeled a nag, una lamentosa! Today I made up my mind, ho deciso! No more procrastinating, basta rinviare! It’s time to celebrate springtime, no matter what the thermometer or the water in my basement suggest. And what better way to celebrate the newish season than a yummy hearty soup?! Guess what it is called? Minestra primavera, of course! My mom gave me this recipe and, needless to say, inutile dirlo, she only uses fresh ingredients. I tried with the frozen ones, but it still came out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!
Ingredienti for 6 people:
700 gr (24 OZ) Artichokes hearts – cuori di carciofi
300 gr (11 OZ) Petite Peas – piselli
160 gr (6 OZ) Shelled fava beans – fave
8 Green onions – cipolle novelle
Olive oil – olio d’oliva
Salt – sale
Chop onions, then heat a little olive oil in a pot and sauté them. Toss in chopped artichoke hearts, peas and fava beans and add salt. Let them sizzle for a few minutes, then add enough water to almost cover them. Cover pot with a lid and let cook on medium for about 20, 25 minutes. Finish with a little olive oil and serve warm. If you like these vegetables but are not a big soup fan, let the water evaporate and use it as a side dish.
This week’s pillola d’italiano is going to be about the 4 seasons. Primavera (Spring), Estate (Summer), Autunno (Fall) and Inverno (Winter) are the name of the 4 seasons in Italian. Now, qualcuno può dirmi, can someone please tell me why I’ve spent all my life knowing March 21st was the first day of spring, whereas here in the States they say spring begins March 20th?? Couldn’t we at least agree on the solstice date?