Monday, August 27, 2007

Fresh Zucchini Soup

Now's the time when everyone who planted zucchini is drowning in the abundance of those tender little squashes. I've heard that in Rexburg, the only time of year that you have to lock your doors is during zucchini season so that people don't overload you with their excess while you're away. The worst is when you are negligent with your harvesting and return to discover 10 lb. behemoths that could make enough zucchini bread to feed your entire city.

So here's an idea to help you use up some of your oversized zukes. This soup is super fast and easy, but it is definitely a side dish. We ate it along with BLTs (our friends Jared and Rachel gave us some beautiful, fresh tomatoes). This recipe will make enough for about six servings.

In a soup pot,

saute 1 chopped yellow onion in some butter

add 8-10 cups of quartered and sliced zucchini and saute until tender

Add 28 oz (2 cans) of chicken broth (or vegetable if you want to make it vegetarian)

Add 1 cup of milk, half n half, or cream (depending on how rich you want it) and bring to a light boil

Use an immersion blender (aka stick blender, hand blender, etc.) to puree the veggies (alternatively, use a regular blender, but let the soup cool first--NEVER START A BLENDER WITH HOT LIQUID INSIDE!--it will explode!) Bring back to a simmer and add 1 cup of grated asiago, romano, or parmesan cheese

Season with salt and black pepper.

You could use the same method with lots of veggies, including broccoli, spinach, asparagus, potatoes, etc.


meta said...

yummy! do you have a recipe for squash soup?

Taylor said...

I love squash soup! I'll start doing more soups, especially squash soup as it starts cooling down.

Sarah H said...

This soup looks delicious! I will have to try it.
Sarah H.

liz said...

I've offered this recipe to everyone who's offered me zucchini this week! Your blog might have some new middle-aged readers :)

The Innkeeper said...

I finally made the fish tacos. So yummy! Thanks for all of the ideas.

Joan Koplin said...

TAY! You are a dream! How did you know that my Midwife insists that I eat green zucchini every day (more specifically the juice after boiling one--she says it is good for my liver).
Soup is a LOVELY alternative, let me tell you! Thank you, thank you!
So sorry to hear about Blainey throwing up :(

emilyanne said...

Tay, I'm just sitting here on your blog making my weekly shopping list according to all of these fabulous recipes. Thanks for making this useful and delightful blog. Can't wait for the next installment. I just got a great(!) deal on some fresh salmon filets...any suggestions??
You're the greatest!

Kara said...

I am SO going to love trying these recipes. My cooking needs MAJOR help!!