Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Courgette Soup with Mint and Lemon – how to make a glut vanish !

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At some stage over what remains of the summer, a friend will drop in with a slightly desperate look in their eye. They will ask you how you are and there will be small talk as you wait for the kettle to boil. The friend will be clutching (but studiously ignoring) a mysterious newspaper-wrapped parcel and you’ll frown and wonder if they bring it everywhere with them.

Halfway through a pot of tea, the friend will suddenly ‘remember’ the mysterious parcel and casually mumble through a mouthful of chocolate biscuit crumbs:  Oh, by the way, I brought you some courgettes, fresh from my garden.” If you haven’t got a courgette plant churning out the little blighters almost by the minute, accept gratefully and make this light, summery soup. If you have got a courgette plant, you’ll almost certainly produce a newspaper-wrapped parcel of your own as the friend takes their leave…

The friend will be clutching a mysterious newspaper-wrapped parcel...

For 3-4 servings of light summery soup you will need

25g butter (or 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil)
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest
500g courgettes, sliced
1 litre of well-flavoured chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon of very finely chopped fresh mint

Melt the butter (or heat the olive oil) in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and lemon zest and cook gently without colouring for 8 - 10 minutes or until translucent. Add the sliced courgettes, followed by the stock. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes or until the courgette is soft.

Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add in the fresh mint and blend until you’ve turned the vegetables into a smooth liquid – a stick blender is the perfect tool for this. Taste and add salt and pepper only if necessary.

Serve it just as it is, or with a sprinkling of fresh herbs and/or a swirl of cream.

OK, that's 3 courgettes taken care of. Only another 7 to go...

...What’s your favourite recipe – savoury or sweet - for making a crop of courgettes vanish?

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  1. Zucchini fresh from the garden...I am jealous. The soup must be extremely fresh and delicious. I love your soup bowls too.

  2. I love zucchini. They such a versatile veggies for grilling, pasta, bread, and of course soup. Your recipe is something to try when it gets a bit colder. Right now we're living in an oven weather. Thank you and I hope you are having a beautiful week, Hester.

  3. This sounds delicious and you are so lucky to have a friend who will bring you little fresh parcel gifts like this one. I love these type of gifts.

  4. At first, I thought you were going to say that your friend was bringing along some Fish and Chips wrapped in newspaper, but was delighted when the outcome was the courgettes. Your soup looks so good!

  5. I love the simplicity of this soup, and you are completely right when you say friends arrive with bundles of courgettes. It's the same at work - they cover the back counter for the taking!


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