My Zucchini Runneth Over!
I’ve probably shared the story of my one farm experience as a kid. Smack dab in the middle of our neighborhood was a farm, a small one, but a farm nonetheless. I’m not sure if anything came out of that farm other than corn. But we loved our corn and we loved walking to the farm, buying the corn, and sitting out back on the “stoop” to husk the corn. I think it was the only truly “fresh” vegetable we ever had other than tomatoes and cucumbers. After many years of saying we were going to, we finally joined a CSA. Now I haven’t received any corn, but I’ve eaten more kale in the past three weeks than I have in 40 years of life. As you can imagine, my mother’s kitchen didn’t have a whole lot of kale in stock. This week I’m overflowing with zucchini and yellow squash. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t love either and since there is just two of us I need to find a few good ways to use it up before next week when I get more!
Since I’m trying to lay off the sweets (except ice cream since that doesn’t count in the summer!), I opted for savory vs. sweet because yes I did think of zucchini bread. I decided on three dishes for my crop – A zucchini/squash gratin and a zucchini, basil, and pine nut frittata for the weekend and a zucchini soup to go with last night’s “cook-in” leftovers of tabouli salad, corn and chicken sausages. As you know, I love me a good soup, but I’ve never made zucchini soup. I decided to go with something that might work hot or cold given the 100 degree temps here this week. And I always love an excuse to use my immersion blender.
I found a simple Curried Zucchini soup recipe along with dozens and dozens of other zucchini/squash recipes at Martha Stewart.com. Definitely check it out if, like me, have an abundance of squash this summer.
This soup would have been pretty bland without the garlic and curry powder so feel free to add more spices to meet your test preferences and maybe even a dollop of plain greek yogurt and some nice toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish!
Curried Zucchini Soup (Martha Stewart.com)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- Coarse salt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 3 medium), sliced 1 inch thick
- 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted, for garnish (I used roasted pumpkin seeds)
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and 1 tablespoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and curry powder; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add zucchini, potato, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
- In batches, puree soup in a blender (do not fill more than halfway) until smooth; serve immediately, or let cool, and refrigerate in an airtight container until chilled. Garnish with toasted almonds. (or roasted pumpkin seeds!)