Baby, it’s hot outside.

31 degrees of celsius. Are you thinking what I am thinking? Actually I am thinking Bora Bora islands, so I guess no. 

Now that summer is here one of my favorite dishes is cold soup for hot days. A bowl of chilled soup is cool, refreshing, colorful, and loaded with seasonal veggies, it is a perfect way to beat the heat.

For this refreshing cold soup you will need only one basic ingredient: zucchini.

Start cooking the recipe today in order to eat it the next day as a cold soup.

The ingredients you will need are:

  • 2 zucchinis, trimmed and cut crosswise into thirds
  • 2 tb olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 50 gr roasted pine nuts
  • salt
  • freshly grounded pepper
  • lemon

Heat a medium pot over medium high heat and add olive oil. Meanwhile, trim and chop the zucchinis. When the oil is hot, add the zucchinis and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add water and raise heat to bring to a boil then reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is very tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.

In a blender add roasted pine nuts, basil and some olive oil. Add the mixture to the pot and stir.

Working in batches if necessary, whirl soup in a blender or food processor until very smooth (at least 1 minute per batch).

Put pureed soup in a large bowl or sealable container. Cover and chill for a night in the fridge.

 

zucchini soup

When ready to serve, stir in yogurt and add salt and lemon to taste (note that soup requires a sprinkle of pepper or pepper flakes, if you like). I have added some parmesan too, I cannot say no to parmesan.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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A highly motivated postgraduate with an MSc in Energy Systems and a BA in Economics, trying to find time for cooking!

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