I saved the following quote. I am sorry but I don’t remember where and from whom it came but I think it sums up the love a grandmother has for her grandchildren. I thought that this story would give us all another way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“Never forget how much I love you. As you grow older, you will face many challenges in life. Just do your best. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. Every day may not be good, but find something good in every day. Laugh, love, live, follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and remember to be awesome. I’ll always be with you.”
The following story was given to me by my beautiful friend, Teresa. I think it completely interprets the quote. What follows is a reminiscence of Teresa’s grandmother.
I have grown up first generation Italian spending my childhood with two matriarchs. I spent the school year in Philadelphia surrounded by my parents and first cousins all from the small town Of Isca sull’onio. I was very much sheltered from the American culture. I spent my summers in a small town in upstate Pa with my matriarchal grandmother Filomena. Food was a large focus in our lives. My family kept all their small town traditions since there were so many of them who had emigrated around the same time. Growing up I had a working mother who called me every day at 3 O’clock right after school. She would walk me through the recipe for that night’s dinner. When I was with my grandmother in the summer she insisted I watch her cook. Both matriarchs had their own style of cooking, one undercooked the other overcooked and they rarely agreed on a recipe. It was quite interesting being in the middle. MY grandmother was a strong woman who I adored and basically adopted a lot of her idiosyncrasies and cooking orientation.
There was one simple recipe I just loved, it was my comfort food. Water soup
I will estimate more or less the quantities which you can adapt to your taste. My grandmother always cooked by instinct and never measured.
4 cups of water
1 cup of Acne di Pepe (or any other shape you like)
1/2 -3/4 cups of jarred or canned tomato ( best with homemade jarred tomatoes)
1/4 cup of good olive oil
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil
Salt/pepper to your liking
Boil water add salt and acne di Pepe
Cook for 5 minutes
Have ready in a bowl the tomatoes crushed by hand and mixed with olive oil and chopped basil .
You can use more tomatoes if you like but soup should be red just pink.
Add the tomatoes with oil into the center and do not stir.
Cook till pasta is cooked to your liking then stir the tomatoes thru the soup.
Serve with plenty of fresh grated Parmesan a drizzle of EVO and fresh pepper.
Great on a cool fall day.
PS these are my beloved Gramdmother Filomena and Mother Rose.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Philomena and Rose as much as I did and I know I am going to make a memory soon. Wishing you lots of love not just on Valentine’s Day but every day.
37 responses to “WATER SOUP – the memory of a grandmother’s love”
Love, love, love the last photo. 🙂
Thanks so much Judy. Enjoy the day❤️
Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentines to you too!
Thank you for stopping by.❤️
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Great words of wisdom indeed. Happy Valentines, my dear friend!
Thank you so much.
Recipes from Grandmothers are always the best.
They are always filled with that secret ingredient, right?
I believe it is called, love!
I must apply that quote more in my life. The water soup looks really tasty too. Happy Valentines to you too.
Thank you sweet friend.
Such a lovely story.
Great dish to have on a cold day! 🙂
Thanks Ronit. I just loved Theresa’s story.
A hearty “peasant dish” as my grandma would say
All those simple Italian recipes fill the heart and the stomach. Happy Valentine’s Day.
A good basic soup but I would be so tempted to add more veggies 🙂
I think the Grandmothers were making cucina povera and that is why it is so basic. Happy Valentine’s Day Judy.
Oh sure – a poor man’s soup! Happy Valentine’s Day to you 🙂
What nice memories! The soup sounds like it is filled with comforting memories!
I could just picture Theresa eating her soup with her Grandmother. Happy Valentine’s Day Dorothy.
Such a beautiful quote, memory and recipe. Thank you!
Thanks Donna, I just loved Theresa’s story.
What a beautiful post and now I understand why you are such a wonderful cook! I saved that quote as it is so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing the sweet story and the recipe! I love the quote, too!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read Theresa’s wonderful story.
This is just so sweet! You know how much my own grandmother influenced me in the kitchen, and it was just like that, her walking me through her recipes, right there in real time at the stove. Such a precious gift! Thank you for sharing this. And I look forward to seeing more kitchen adventures of you with your wonderful grandkids.
Aww thanks Terrie. Sending you lots of hugs.
Lovely words, beautiful story and the soup sounds delightful!
Thanks Jenna, Theresa’s story is lovely.
Grandma’s cooking is always the best 😉😋
What a lovely photo 💝🥰
Wow, soup best with bread! Thanks 😊👌
Hi, Bernadette – I remember reading Theresa’s story this past February and absolutely loving it. Thank it for sharing it here. And thank you for the reminder — I really want to try making that soup!
The soup tie in was a no brainer. Love Theresa’s story.
What a simple soup and what a fabulous story. That is what makes dishes like these great.
Thanks so much Jo. It is truly a pleasure to get to know you guys better.
I commented on this post last year but I had to revisit it because it is such a wonderful story and soup!