Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Zucchini & Basil Soup

Monday, May 3, 2010

Zucchini & Basil Soup

I was browsing through recipes on Epicurious this past weekend, not sure what I was even in the mood for, when I came across this recipe for zucchini soup. To me it sounded healthy and delicious and I was smitten. This was probably one of the easiest soups I've ever made and yet it presented very elegantly. I would highly recommend this soup especially if you are trying to impress someone.



Zucchini-Basil Soup

Gourmet
July 2008

2 pounds zucchini, trimmed and cut crosswise into thirds
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups water, divided
1/3 cup packed basil leaves

Julienne skin (only) from half of zucchini with slicer; toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and drain in a sieve until wilted, at least 20 minutes.


Coarsely chop remaining zucchini.


Cook onion and garlic in oil in a 3- to 4-quarts heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.


Add chopped zucchini and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water and simmer, partially covered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Purée soup with basil in 2 batches in a blender

Bring remaining cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and blanch julienned zucchini 1 minute.

Drain in a sieve set over a bowl (use liquid to thin soup if necessary).

Season soup with salt and pepper.
Serve in shallow bowls with julienned zucchini mounded on top.

9 comments:

  1. This soup sounds like summer to me. And right now, that is exactly what I want to hear.

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  2. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. This soup sounds healthy and very tasty.

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  3. It won't be long before NJ is overrun with zucchinis! I will be trying this soup. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. I agree with Joanne. This soup definitely sounds and reminds me of summer. Plus, I love the combo of zucchini with basil. Definitely a winner.

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  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog. This is a great soup. And what I love about it is that there's no butter or cream! That's just me healthy eating preference :) My friend made a good zucchini soup once, and it was good, but she made the mistake of telling my how many sticks of butter she used for it! Hint: not one!

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  6. Oh, and I love how you like to find non-mainstream stores and restaurants. I'm getting sick of all those chair restaurants! need to find the local food where ever I go...It can be frustrating when your friends don't share your love of good food, but I'm sure they appreciate it when you have them over :)

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  7. The zucchini soup sounds so healthy and looks delicious!

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  8. This sounds like a great idea when there are zucchinis everywhere! :D Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I just got a slew of green and yellow zucchini without an idea of what I was going to do with them...this recipe is exactly what they need! Thanks for sharing it. :)

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