Ancient Sicilian Fisherman’s Soup: Zuppetta di Gamberi

Our grandparents knew best – you should always listen to your Nonni.  My maternal grandfather was a fisherman and from him, I came to appreciate the wealth of seafood available in the Mediterranean Sea but also learned reserves of maritime knowledge I will share with you over time.  I don’t know about you, but our entire family was hit by this terrible flu {the “bug” as they call it} and we recovered speedily thanks to the ancient Sicilian fisherman’s soup we call:  Zuppetta di Gamberi.   Research has proven that seafood improves intelligence and cognitive skills, that it’s one of the best natural aphrodisiacs available and – I want to add to this – that it contains potent beneficial effects on our overall health and well being.  If you are feeling down due to the winter blues or are suffering from the common cold, I highly encourage you prepare this amazing “zuppetta” or soup.  The simplest, healthiest ingredients:  shrimp, onions, tomatoes, parsley, a pinch of salt, a pinch of red pepper flakes, olive oil, enough water to cover the shrimp as it’s simmering (this will be your “liquid” for the soup).  Let boil until shrimp is cooked and “floats” to the top. In a separate pan, prepare pastina (small pasta generally used for children or soups) or spaghetti (to be later chopped finely) or any other kind of small pasta you like that can be used in a soup.  Once the pasta is cooked, divide into soup cups/bowls and pour some of the “liquid” and shrimp for each serving.  Sprinkle some parmigiano on top as you serve hot.  Please report back to me if you enjoyed it…….wish you a speedy flu recovery and, certainly, no more blues ;)  Ciao ciao.



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