This soup is really for colder weather, but I couldn’t resist. I really love the flavor, so I had to share. Also, it’s a great way to get veggie-resisters to eat their vegetables!
I originally developed this recipe to be included in the press kit for my upcoming book, Soup Day. Because that soup is a winter one and my book comes out in the fall, I created two harvest soup recipes, Fall Harvest Soup (to appear later) and Creamy Green Soup.
Here is an illustrated version of the green one:
Creamy Green Soup with Parmesan Croutons
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 medium zucchini, sliced and cut into half moons (about 8 cups)
½ medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 medium Yukon potato, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Parmesan Croutons (See below)
minced chives for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large soup pot over medium heat.
- Add zucchini and onion and pinch of salt. Sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
- Add stock to soup pot. Then add cubed potato, pepper, thyme and kosher salt to taste. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover and turn down heat to low. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
- Meanwhile, make croutons (see below) while soup is cooking.
- Carefully blend soup with a hand held immersion blender until soup is smooth. Alternatively, blend soup in batches in a blender (never fill blender more than half full), while covering lid (remove plastic center first) with dish towel. Hold lid down while blending on low speed. Return to pot after blending to reheat.
- Serve with croutons and garnished with a sprinkle of minced chives on top.
Makes about 4-6 servings.
4 slices bread, crusts removed, or stale baguette cut into cubes
4 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
- Toss bread cubes with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and parmesan.
- Spread evenly in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes. Stir. Bake a minute or two more until croutons are toasted. Remove from sheet and set aside to cool.
As for the award…
Last week, Judy at Bebe Love Okazu, one of my favorite food blogs, presented me with the Versatile Blogger Award! Judy blogs about wonderful Japanese recipes from her childhood which she hopes to pass on to her adorable daughter. A lot of the dishes are my favorites too — they are true comfort food. I am so honored to receive this award from her. Thanks, Judy!
Part of the fun of receiving this award is sharing seven random things about myself, and presenting the award to other bloggers I’ve recently discovered whom I think are fantastic.
Random Facts About Me:
1. When I lived in Northern Japan right after college, there was no central heating, and it was so cold that I would have to store my contact lens solution in the refrigerator because it was warmer in there than my apartment.
2. I still have a large scar on my right arm from the time I burned myself with percolating coffee when I was three. I was trying to make my own breakfast.
3. I have such bad eyesight, if I take off my glasses while typing this, I can’t even read the headline.
4. I can eat copious amounts of ice cream every single day. When I was in Italy, I ate it twice a day.
5. My name means “honey bee” in Greek.
6. I am not squeamish when it comes to hearing graphic descriptions of bodily functions, malfunctions, and secretions due to growing up listening to what my mom did at the hospital that day during dinner time every night.
7. I am addicted to Kenken and must do the two puzzles in the NY Times every morning.
I’ve been reading food blogs for a long time, but since starting my own blog, the quantity has increased exponentially. It’s amazing how many interesting, inspiring, creative food blogs there are out there. I wish I could spend more time reading them every day, but it’s hard juggling work, being a mom, and trying to do it all at home!
That said, I’ve recently discovered several blogs that I’ve been enjoying following, and I would like to present the award to each of them.
1. A Bountiful Kitchen – Si, I love your recipes and your blog! And your photography is wonderful.
2.Linda’s Yummies – Linda, you have so many wonderful Pan-Asian recipes on your blog, my mouth is always watering when I visit.
3. How To Baker – Brian, I love the way you give your readers step-by-step instructions on how to bake things. You make it less intimidating. I’m still impressed that you make your own bagels too!
4. A Little Yumminess – Simran Stacie, I your Indian recipes and especially enjoy the posts about cooking with your daughter. 🙂
5. Mum in Bloom – Sarah, you have lovely recipes, and it’s always a treat to see vintage children’s book illustrations on your blog.
6. My McDonald Meal – Melissa, I love reading your writing on health and wellness and education — all very important issues. Plus your recipes are wonderful, and I love seeing the kids cooking!
7. Mommie Cooks! – Julie, I’m always inspired by your beautiful photography and the amazing food you make.
8. My Garlic Love Affair– Tina, though I wasn’t born in Hawaii, I did grow up there, visiting all my extended family. Your blog always makes me feel nostalgic, and I want to eat everything you post.
9. Fuss Free Cooking – Emily, I always look forward to your posts, because of your fun writing style, great recipes, and gorgeous photography.
10. Bittersweet – Rick, I love your humor and your totally fun and creative recipes. Plus, you always enlighten me on all the varieties of candy available. 🙂
There are so many others, but I’ll stop here! Check out these blogs and see why I love them so much!