Vegan Italian Soup. My Italian grandmother was an incredible cook. She was born in Calabria Italy, came to America as a “mail order bride” when she was 16. She married my grandfather Salvatore who settled within the Italian neighborhood of the Bronx in the early 1900’s. My grandfather never learned English. His world was only a few blocks wide and everyone spoke Italian in his neighborhood. My grandmother was the one who learned English and took care of the bills and the household. The area of the Bronx where my grandparents and my father and his brothers lived was a melting pot for the Greeks, Jews, Irish, Puerto Ricans and many other ethnic groups. My dad met my mom, who lived in the Jewish neighborhood just a few blocks over. Hence, my sister and were “Pizza Bagels.”
I’ve given my grandmother’s Italian escarole and bean soup a vegan version and I must say, it tastes pretty darn good. I prepare it in my favorite Le Creuset Pot. Below is the video and recipe. Mangia!!