Nowadays, Chicago has the third largest Italian-American population in the United States, but when Fogg passed through there were apparently only forty-three Italian residents from Sicily and Italy’s southern states. Jamie Oliver, an Englishman with an Italian ‘Godfather’, has made me this soup many a time, most memorably while visiting an island women’s prison.
Put a large pan on a medium heat and add a few lugs of good olive oil, the onion, garlic, carrots and bacon. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes, then add the courgettes and cook for 3—4 minutes, until soft.
Add the tomato, parsley, greens and peas, then pour in your stock and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the mini pasta and
While your soup is brewing, make the pesto. Take
Just before the soup is ready, stir in the lettuce, chicory or radicchio and courgette flowers, if using. Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper if necessary, and serve each helping of soup with a good dollop of pesto, a drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of the little basil leaves.
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