Opo Squash Wonder Soup


We used to have a cucuzza (opo) squash tree when I was little, and I loved this soup. Yes, even as a little kid, this was good! If you can't find these squash, you can use more common ones like summer or zucchini. Serve immediately over warm cooked white rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 large bowls


  • 1 ½ teaspoons cooking oil

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 4 cups peeled, seeded, and diced opo squash

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in a wok or heavy pot over medium heat; gently cook and stir pork, breaking up meat as it cooks, until browned and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add squash and salt; cover wok and cook, stirring 2 to 3 times, over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Mix chicken broth, water, and chicken bouillon to squash mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender and transparent in the soup, 18 to 20 minutes.

  3. Remove wok from heat and cool soup slightly. Skim surface to remove accumulated fat. Stir parsley into soup, return soup to a boil, and remove from heat.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley for the fresh parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
21g Fat
13g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 4416mg 192%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 314mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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