Sunday, March 20, 2011

Zuppa dell'Orto



From my garden




This is what I got from my garden: yellow and green beans (a few of the yellow beans where overgrown so I collected the big purple beans inside), celery, tomatoes and my first mini pumpkin. All in the pot, with some rain water and rock salt. Yep, rain water, our water comes from the sky and we collect it in a big tank. Can't stop thinking that a soup like this is almost self-sufficient, a part from the salt!





Since my leeks are not ready and I don't have any onions or garlic in the garden, I thought of adding some chives at the end, for that 'oniony' kick. But you know what? When I lifted the lid it smelled like I had just entered a huge veggie garden. The aroma was so strong and perfect that I didn't add anything else.

It was a filling and satisfying garden soup (I called it zuppa dell'orto), you can add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and/or some freshly ground black pepper in the end, or some pasta for a thicker earthier flavour. Sorry I forgot to take a photo when it was in the plates, and it got eaten so quickly!


Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

23 comments:

  1. oh wow, ive never even heard of using rain water for soup!
    haha this pot is "so very in tune with nature",
    and id never thought yellow beans would produce purple beans inside ! haaha!

    this sounds amazing.

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  2. We use rainwater for everything here, but since we live in a rain forest I think that that is logical and ecological :-)

    In regards to the beans, when they mature thy change colour from yellow to pink to brown (and spotted). Usually I eat most of them when they are young and yellow, but then in autumn they go to seeds, and these beans (seeds) inside seems to be bright purple.

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  3. Alessandra, ciao..i troccoli sono un formato di pasta fresca, sono grossi, squadrati, con una consistenza particolareche "senti" tra i denti ed apprezzi..puoi sostituirli con degli spaghettoni grossi, buona domenica :-)

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  4. Grazie per a risposta… velocissima!!!

    buona domenica anche a te, qui e' quasi finita!

    A.

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  5. ive never heard this , rainwater for soup how about if i use the city rain to make soup like you ?
    isnt it good?

    www.faridawinarni71.co.cc

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  6. City water is ok, I guess it depends on the city...

    I have been drinking and cooking with rain water for 13 years now, when I am at home, that is :-).

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  7. adoro questo profumo di zuppa! se riesco cerco sempre di farla con verdure fresce il gusto e il profumo è unico! bello poter avere un'orto a cui attingere :-)pe

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  8. Bella, buona e sana!! Più di così...

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  9. Ciao, mi piacciono moltissimo le tue ricette internazionali ... Continuo a seguirti
    Vieni a trovarli quando vuoi ti aspetto
    A presto

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  10. Wow! This looks beautiful and so healthy! Thank you for sharing this. I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Buonissima la zuppa!!! Buona domenica

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  12. ammazza che zuppa golosissima!!! slurp :-D buona domenica!

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  13. che gioia quando si riesce a cucinare con le cose che si sono coltivate con amore e cura....la zuppa è meravigliosa...e davvero usi l'acqua piovana? fantastico!

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  14. I piatti più buoni sono quelli preparati con i prodotti coltivati con il nostro amore...non c'è ombra di dubbio! QUindi non oso immaginare la bontà di questa zuppa! Ps: Bellissima la zucca! ;-)

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  15. It must be satisfying to make the soup from complete scratch

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  16. your soup to be delicious with all those vegetables!

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  17. Tanti commenti sull'acqua piovana, forse dovrei imbottigliarla e venderla come il mio ingrediente segreto :-)!

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  18. thats so fun! are you having another garden this season? i love your header, it looks like cupcake frosting:)!

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  19. It is quite beautiful and I trust your sense of taste and smell enough to follow your lead when it comes to the omission of chives or other oniony things. I hope you have had a good weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  20. Beautiful in every way - colours, textures, appearance and I'm sure taste!!

    Look forward to seeing you at my Blog Hop with another fabulous NZ destination for us!!

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  21. Delicious and healthy soup. Love to try them. Using rain water is nice idea as they are more pure than bottle ones.

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  22. quest'anno sono già abbastanza soddisfatta delle prime produzioni casalinghe (detersivi e latte di soja, formaggi vegan, panificazione) e di essere riuscita a far sopravvivere limone ed avocado sul balcone ^^
    ma il tuo orto è davvero una soddisfazione di cui giustamente essere orgogliosi, complimenti davvero, la minestra/zuppa tutta home made non ha prezzo :))
    Barbara

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