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Pappa di Zucchini (Zucchini Soup)

(recipe, Kelly Myers)

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This recipe is adapted from Anne Bianchi's book [%bookLink code=0880014253 "From the Tables of Tuscan Women"].


  1. 2 lb. zucchini
  2. 3 onions, diced
  3. Olive oil, plus extra-virgin olive oil for garnish
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. 6 zucchini flowers, plus more for garnish
  6. 1½ qt. vegetable or chicken stock


  1. Slice the zucchini into rounds no larger than ¼-inch thick.
  2. Place the olive oil in a large skillet and brown the zucchini and onions in batches; add salt while browning to keep the green of the zucchini looking bright. Add pepper.
  3. Add the zucchini flowers and let cook for a few minutes. Add the stock and heat through.
  4. Place in a blender (or use an immersion blender) and purée; the soup will be thick. Garnish each serving of soup with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a few julienned squash blossoms.


Read more about zucchini in Kelly Myers' "Zucchini, reclaimed."