Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Squash Soup w Fresh Garden Herbs

Many of you know how I love my pureed vegetable soups.  This one is simple and uses all fresh summer ingredients straight from your garden (or farmer's market for you brown thumbs out there).  I served this as a starter course to a delicious summer meal but would also be delicious by itself.  Using water instead of chicken stock, this recipe really highlights the fresh vegetables and herbs of summer.  I know what you are thinking:  Soup in the summer?  Yes!  It's delicious and, according to traditional Chinese medicine, this is a cooling soup which will help balance the heat in your body.  Go ahead; give it a try!

Another delicious healing soup to add to your collection!

Ingredients (Serves 2):
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1tbs extra virgin olive oil
2tsp minced garlic
4 yellow squash, cut into 1/2" rounds
1 handful cilantro, leaves and stems, chopped
1/4c fresh basil, chopped
1tsp corriander
1/2tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2tsp salt plus more to taste
2c filtered water plus more if needed to blend
1/2 lime

1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Saute onion for about 5 minutes, add garlic and continue to cook stirring occasionally until onion begins to brown.
2. Add in corriander and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add yellow squash, cilantro, basil, red pepper flakes, and salt.  Pour in 2c water.  Bring to a boil, stir well, and cover.  Bring soup to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes or until squash is very tender.  Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and turn off eat.
3. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth.  Add water if it is too thick.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
4. Serve warm and garnish with fresh cilantro, basil, or lime wedges.  Enjoy!

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