Friday, July 18, 2008

Zucchini Soup

I had always thought of zucchini as a cylindrical vegetable until one of my nieces gave me some of her home-grown globe zucchini. You can find them more often at the market these days. They are very good and I wanted to use them in a playful manner. Using them as bowls for a soup seemed to be a good idea to me. It keeps the focus on the ingredients in the soup, and makes cleanup a snap.



  • 1 round globe zucchini squash, 1 per person
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 pound zucchini squash, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh thyme sprigs, garnish


  1. Cut tops off squash; set them aside for garnish.
  2. Scoop out squash , and chop the zucchini.
  3. Finely slice the shallots.
  4. Heat the butter in a saucepan.
  5. Sauté the zucchini and shallots over medium high heat.
  6. When they begin to soften, add the chicken broth.
  7. Cook the zucchini and shallots until tender.
  8. Puree in a blender until smooth.
  9. Add cream, dill, nutmeg, sugar, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  10. Return soup to saucepan to heat, stir often till well blended.
  11. Fill the hollowed out zucchini bowls.
  12. Lean squash tops against soup.
  13. Garnish with thyme and serve.

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