Sicilian Greens & Tomato Soup- anti- cancer recipes- cook for your life
Servings: 6
Prep time: 20

This Sicilian Greens & Tomato Soup is a simple soup and it’s great in the summer when tomatoes are at their best. It calls for tenerumi, but if you’re not in Sicily, fear not — any soft leafy green, or combination of leaves, will work well in this soup. Pick your favorite, we happen to like spinach, make a big pot, and mangia!


  1. Put spinach with water still clinging to the leaves into a medium nonreactive pot. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until leaves have wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer spinach to a bowl and set aside. Wipe pot dry with paper towels.
  2. Heat oil in the same pot over a medium-low flame. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Add reserved spinach and tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt, sauté 2 minutes to mix. Add the water and season to taste with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer soup for 10 minutes. Add spaghettini, and cook until pasta is tender, about 6-8 minutes. Add one tablespoon of grated Parmesan and adjust seasonings.  Serve with more Parmesan for grating at the table.


  • 4 cups spinach (or for a real Sicilian flare tenerumi, if you can find it)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
  • 10 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ pounds whole-wheat spaghettini, broken into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

Nutritional Information


277 cals


6 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


48 g


4 g


4 g


9 g


1285 mg

*per serving

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Ann's Tips and Tricks

Try this soup with the soft, sweet greens of chard leaves, or bitter greens like arugula.

Bag and freeze any extra soup in quart bags for a quick meal another day. Don’t forget to mark and date the bag!




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