For this stewy, soothing soup, Michael Romano prefers using dense-textured cucuzza, which is sometimes called snake squash. He and his siblings used to transform the twisty, coil-shaped gourd into make-believe crowns and bracelets when they were kids. You can substitute any type of summer squash for the cucuzza.Plus: More Soup Recipes and Tips

Michael Romano
August 2005

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Recipe Summary

active:
35 mins
total:
1 hr
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 6 minutes. Increase the heat to moderately high. Add the tomatoes, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes start to break down, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and potato and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the basil and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

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Make Ahead

The soup can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently before serving.

Serve With

Garlic crostini and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Suggested Pairing

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