Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe has been handed down from generation to generation in our family. Its an Italian recipe that we serve on special occasions. Our family tends to have this in the cold winter months, and as our Christmas meal. We also serve it for a great New Years meal. It's a great soup that is very rich.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. This is a single batch. As our family is enormous, we will do triple or quad batches to feed everyone.
  2. Melt butter in a big pot.
  3. Saute garlic and anchovies. Anchovies should melt away. They add the salty taste to this dish.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, and cook on med-low for approximately 45 minutes.
  5. Do not let boil.
  6. Our family will buy french bread or your favorite Italian bread, cut into chunks, and dip it into the soup.
  7. We usually have a plate of veggies such as cauliflower, broccoli,celery, green peppers (sliced) and carrots to use for dipping.
  8. This is a very rich dish, and the veggies taste wonderful when dipped into the soup.
  9. I am not sure if it is classified as a soup, but we have made it as a main meal. It is a very filling meal too!
Most Helpful

I love this recipe-----I would be interested to know your Italian last name-as this recipe has also been in my family as a tradition for many many years-maybe we are related!!

5 5

Wonderful recipe, but I think 2oz of anchovies and a 10 1/2 oz can of mushroom soup works better :D Even the kids like this one if I halve the garlic. I usually put fresh oregano with the veggies too. I even get compliments from the neighbours about the wonderful aroma!

5 5

I remember eating this when I was a kid, I'm so happy to have found this recipe! It really is extremely good, very flavorful and good for you.