Saturday, March 16, 2013

Zucchini Soup

This is really delicious! Yes, my kids sometimes call it slime soup because of the color - but they love it, especially with peasant bread. You can also use yellow squash in this too. This is my new go to St. Patrick's day meal, served with French bread or peasant bread and some cold milk with green striped paper straws. Easy! No green food coloring required. Or, just add it to your zucchini recipe file for the end of the summer when anonymous neighbors leave zucchini on your porch in the middle of the night.

Some other great St. Patrick's Day food would be Broccoli Bow Tie Pasta Salad, Key Lime Pie, or Rainbow Jello.

1 cup chopped onions
2 Tbs butter
3 cups sliced zucchini
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup half -and-half cream (or milk for a lighter version)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, then crumbled

In a large saucepan cook onions in melted butter until tender. Add sliced zucchini and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer until tender (about 15 min.) Add salt and pepper. 

Cool slightly, then pour mixture into blender and puree it. Stir in half-and-half cream. Return to saucepan and reheat, but do not boil. Garnish with grated cheese, sour cream and bacon. 

Makes about 6 servings.


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