With all the sunshine, heat and just enough rain, it's been an overall great summer to garden. So very unlike last year, when the rain pretty much obliterated the tomatoes and caused a lot of fungal and mildew problems on other vegetables. So, with a great summer comes great excess..., of produce that is, more specifically, squash and zucchini. How do we overcome the glut of squash here? That's where this recipe comes it...it has been a produce saver and another great use for these notorious plant over-producers! Of course I've given away countless squash and zucchini, but people will only take so much. So, when I happened by chance to be watching a cooking show on PBS one Saturday, I found this recipe!
|Summer squash, banana peppers, 3 types of basil - Red Rubin, Italian and Lemon|
Not only does this recipe use summer squash, but it also calls for yellow peppers and my banana peppers totally fill the bill. So, gathering an assortment of the vegetables and herbs together, I am ready to make some really great soup!
The recipe is pretty simple and you can see what's going on here. You want to cut up your onion and peppers to a nice size and then saute them off in a little butter or oil of your choice. It helps to do this step because it adds flavor to the soup for sure.
It's pretty simple after that. Add a quart of chicken stock, homemade or purchased, and simmer the vegetables in the stock in a covered container until everything is soft and cooked through. Let the soup cool and then add to a blender making sure not to fill it over halfway full. Blend and then add remainder of the soup to blend and finish off. Use a hand immersion blender if you have one, they work well too.
There you have it. Creamy without a bit of cream in it. This soup is low-fat, full of fiber and really good as well. Hope you'll give it a try! Click here for the original recipe. I keep changing my recipe every time I make it by adding different seasonings, like garlic and lime juice. Have fun with this one!
What's your favorite basil this year? Blessings!
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