Zuppe Inglese

Laurie Lenartowicz


While visiting a friend in Tennessee, he described a dessert that his Italian Grandmom made for him in Trenton NJ when he was a boy.

After much deliberation, I came up with my own version of Zuppe Inglese which translates to "English Soup" in Italian.

This is an easy no-bake recipe that is sure to wow your friends and family.

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30 Min


No-Cook or Other


3 pkg
ladyfingers sponge cakes, split open
1 qt
fresh heavy whipping cream
2 tsp
vanilla extract
2 Tbsp
granulated white sugar or splenda
1 jar(s)
maraschino cherries with juice reserved
1 pkg
vanilla instant or sugar free vanilla pudding mix. i use the small box.
2 c
low fat milk
maraschino cherries, drained (for decoration)
1/4 c
toasted slivered almonds, optional.
2 Tbsp
grated dark chocolate, optional
3 oz
white rum or 1 tsp. rum flavoring with 3 additional ounces of cherry or other fruit juice.

Directions Step-By-Step

Drain 1 jar (10-12 ounces) of maraschino cherries. Place the cherry juice in a measuring cup and add 3 ounces of white rum. You may use a tsp. of artificial rum flavoring and 3 additional ounces of cherry or other fruit juice if you don't wish to use rum. Marinate 12 cherries in the rum/cherry juice while you finish preparations.
In a large, cold mixing bowl, add 1 qt. of heavy cream, sugar or splenda and the vanilla. Whip on high for 2 minutes or until soft peaks form. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, prepare one small package of instant vanilla or sugar free vanilla pudding with 2 cups of milk. Beat with electric mixer until thickened. Fold 1 cup of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture and set aside.
Place one layer of ladyfingers (split side up) in the bottom and standing up around the sides of a 8x8 inch baking pan or disposable pan. Drizzle 1/4 of the reserved cherry/rum juice over the ladyfingers evenly.
Top the ladyfingers with 1/3 of the yellow pudding mixture. Add a small layer of whipped cream to top the custard.
Add 2 more layers of the ladyfingers, cherry/rum juice and custard. Finish with final layer of ladyfingers, cherry/rum juice and remaining whipped cream in a decorative pattern. Top with the 12 marinated cherries. OPTIONAL: Sprinkle top with slivered, toasted almonds or shaved dark chocolate.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

Serves 8 people.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Puddings, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
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