Italian Version of Soup, Salad & Half Sandwich

Italian Version of Soup, Salad & Half Sandwich

So what you see here is soup, sandwich and salad… from left to right: Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans in a tomato broth, simply tomato sauce, garlic, onion, ditalini pasta, and cannellini white beans); Spendini (basically an Italian Grilled cheese, except you use Italian bread, not white Wonder bread, fresh mozzarella and you fry in extra virgin olive oil.  You finish by adding chopped capers, white wine, squeeze of lemon, reduce, and drizzle over the sandwich); and of course, the salad (which Italians typically eat last).  This is more of a summer salad of fresh cucumber, onions, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fresh black pepper, dried oregano and salt if desired.  Very satisfying, very delicious, and is basically “light Italian” for lunch if you want something good but not a lot.

This hits the spot, especially on a cold February day.  Hot soup, hot sandwich, but a refreshing salad to bring back memories of the Summer garden so you dream of the warm weather on its way.  Especially when its Groundhog Day, when you are really truly hoping that we see Spring sooner rather than later!



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