Saturday, September 06, 2008

Recipe for Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan

Zucchini and Yellow Squash SoupI was inspired to make summer squash soup by Lisa of Homesick Texan, who sent me the link to this recipe on Epicurious.com and told me how delicious it was. I do have a lot of zucchini in my garden, but that doesn't completely explain why I was making soup back in August when it was in the 90's outside. Here's the rest of the story: Yesterday I got braces on my teeth.

I grew up in a family of ten kids, and braces just weren't in the budget back then. Later I thought of getting them as an adult, but my top teeth weren't that crooked so I ignored the problem. Now I have dental insurance and enough money to pay for what insurance doesn't cover, so I've decided you're never too old to get straighter teeth.

Faithful readers, let me reassure you that Kalyn's Kitchen is not going to turn into a blog with only soup and soft foods! I did make five different kinds of soup to freeze, anticipating the braces, but I can already tell I'll still be eating most of my favorite foods. (More about what those favorites are at Cookthink, where I recently was featured for the Cookthink Questionnaire.) Truthfully nothing could stop me from cooking good food! Now here's the summer squash soup, which you should definitely make if you have zucchini or yellow squash in your garden.


You can make this soup without fresh rosemary, but the fresh rosemary was wonderful here. What ever kind of rosemary you use, be sure it's very finely chopped so you don't bite into a huge piece of rosemary.

After onions, rosemary, and squash is sauteed briefly, it's simmered in chicken stock for 30 minutes, until the squash is quite soft.

Then I used my Braun Immersion Blender to puree the soup. You could easily do this in a food processor or blender if you don't have an immersion blender.


Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan
(Makes about 6 servings, inspired by soup recipe from Epicurious.com.)

Ingredients:
2 T olive oil
1 T butter (or use more olive oil, but I decided to splurge with a little butter here)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 T minced fresh garlic
1 tsp. Vegeta Seasoning (optional, but very good here)
4 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary (or can use 2 tsp. finely chopped dried rosemary, but fresh rosemary will be much better)
3 lb. diced green and yellow summer squash (about 8 cups diced squash, can also use all green or all yellow squash)
8 cups chicken stock (I use my own homemade chicken stock)
fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions:
Heat olive oil and butter in large heavy soup pot, then add onion and saute about 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent and softened. Add garlic, rosemary, and Vegeta Seasoning and cook 3-5 minutes more.

Add chicken stock to onion mixture and simmer 10 minutes. Then add chopped zucchini and yellow squash, turn heat to very low and simmer 30 minutes, or until squash is very soft and flavors are well blended.

Use immersion blender to puree the mixture, or work in batches and puree in food processor or blender. (Be careful if you're using the blender or food processor and don't fill them too full when blending hot liquids.) When mixture is as pureed as you'd like it, check the consistency of the soup. I simmered it about 20 minutes more at this point, or until soup was reduced by about one-fourth.

Serve soup hot, with freshly grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top if desired.


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South Beach Suggestions:
I eliminated potatoes from the soup to make it better for the South Beach Diet, but I did use a little butter here for flavor. You could replace the butter with more olive oil if you wish. Everything used here is a low-glycemic ingredient, making this soup great for any low-glycemic eating plan.

More Soups with Zucchini:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup
White Bean Soup with Roasted Turkey Italian Sausage, Zucchini, and Basil
Zucchini Soup from Thyme for Cooking
Zucchini Soup from The Backyard Pizzeria
Cold Tomato Summer Vegetable Soup from Simply Recipes
Cream of Zucchini Soup from A Veggie Venture
Summer Zucchini Soup from Treat a Week Recipes
Soupe a la Courgett or Zucchini Soup from Closet Cooking
Chilled Zucchini Soup from Tasting Spoons
Creamy Zucchini Soup with Lemon and Oregano from Lucullian Delights

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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got my braces on five months ago (at 54, for basically the same reasons), and for the first few weeks it seemed like all I could eat was cream of wheat and mac n' cheese - even oatmeal was hard to chew! I was pretty cranky.

I got the most sympathy and encouragement from teen agers - most of them complete strangers. Within a few weeks, my mouth was no longer sore, and even "adjustments" don't hurt as much now.

So hang in there - you will be amazed at the difference it will make in our life!

I was looking for a salsa recipe, but plan to try the soup recipe tonight - this looks so good, even though we have had zukes in some form or other almost every day for the past month...

Kalyn said...

Anonymous, thanks for the encouragement (and I am older than 54!) I only have the top ones on now; my top teeth need to widen so the bottom ones can be straightened. I imagine it will be worse when I have both upper and lower braces, but I'm determined.

Do try the soup, it's fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kalyn, Caught news of your blog in the Clipper while in town visiting my mom a couple of years ago(I live in Colorado). Nice going; my husband and I have loved every single recipe we've tried! I don't know whether you remember me from our lunch hours at BHS (weren't you the one who brought the electric frying pan so we could cook in the student council room? -- should've been a clue the word 'foodie' was in our futures) We're huge fans! (and we're having squash soup tonight!)
BKL (BHS'66)
P.S. I got braces for my 50th birthday -- it was one of the best things I EVER did, but I wondered for a couple of months whether I'd made a grave (e.g. painful) mistake . A Handy Household Hint: Ibuprofen is a "wonder drug" after those adjustments...

Kalyn said...

BKL, I'm definitely planning to stock up on Ibuprofen. So far it's been a good thing.

I'm not sure if that was me cooking in the electric frying pan. I don't remember it, but that was a long time ago. I graduated in 67, but don't have any of my old yearbooks any more. Love to know your name so I can see if I remember you. If you see this, send me an e-mail at kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net. Glad to hear you are enjoying the blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kalyn,
My question here has nothing to do with your post, but I couldn't find an email address for you. I was looking for a good recipe for beets and came to you first. I couldn't find a thing! Any tasty suggestions on the best way to prepare beets? My mother always pickled them and I love grilled beets and beet salad, but that is where my repertoire ends. Any help you can offer would be great.
Brady

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Kudos for going for it and getting your braces. Even though it will be rough at first, I'm sure it will be worth it.

I just love making soups like this. A little bit of effort for a whole lot of flavor!

Kalyn said...

Brady I'm afraid I don't have a single recipe for beets. They're not South Beach Diet friendly (so much natural sugar) so when I started eating this way I pretty much quit eating them.

Susan, thanks. Right now I'm feeling discouraged because I went to a party tonight and broke TWO wires, but I guess I'll get used to it. The soupw as great, do try it.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Congrats on the braces! I've been trying to get my husband to get them too (it wasn't in the budget for him as a child either). It's never too late to take care of yourself! =)

Bert said...

Congrats on thinking enough of yourself to put up with braces for a few months/years. That took getting over some fears and will take getting over some pain, but you'll get through it. All the best to you for a few soft-food weeks! Thanks for the great recipes.

Kalyn said...

BKL, I think I figured out who you are! Did you go by the initials BK in high school? If so, I always was a bit in awe of you and thought you were uber-hip! I Very fun figuring this out. I'm still not sure it was me cooking in the electric frying pan though, what were we making?

Jessica and Bert, thanks for the support. I'm pretty excited about it, in spite of the broken wires and slightly aching teeth right now.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This sounds wonderful, and must really capture the freshness of the Zucchini and Rosemary. Good luck with the braces. I got them a little later in life, and it was worth it!

Natasha said...

Hey Kalyn! I have an award for you! Stop by and pick it up!
I like the look of that soup!
Good luck with the braces. I wore them when I was a kid, but not for long enough so my teeth could use some as well

Kalyn said...

TW, thanks. I feel sure it will be worth it. I do need to get a little better at chewing though, so I don't keep breaking the wires!

Anonymous said...

Hi - I made this today and it was fabulous. I added the juice of one lemon (at the suggestion of one of the Epicurious reviewers) and some fresh lemon thyme from my garden and it was so good. Garnished with a dollop of Greek yogurt, some chives and parmesan cheese. Even my veggie hating husband loved it. Thanks1

Homesick Texan said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the soup and good luck with the braces. It's never too late!

Kalyn said...

Natasha, thank you for thinking of me. (You must have been writing that while I was writing my comment!)

Anonymous, LOVE your improvements, especially the lemon juice. I'll try that next time too. I bet Greek yogurt is great as a garnish for this.

Lisa, thanks for pointing me to the recipe. And speaking of those braces, I really am glad I have a freezer full of soup right now.

Lulu Barbarian said...

I had braces before ibuprofen was invented, lol! Don't worry, everyone who's telling you it'll get better quickly is exactly correct. Pretty soon you'll be chomping on rawhide. Erm, not that I'm accusing you of cooking with rawhide or anything. Although if you did, I'm sure it would be very tasty like everything you make.

Christine said...

What a perfect way to use extra zucchini and yellow squash, braces notwithstanding. Good for you for doing it! The braces, I mean.

Valentina said...

It must be painful and uncomfortable during the first weeks. Good on you for getting the braces. I am such a big fan of soup, and over here even though we are still officially in summer, the days have been rather wet over these last weeks, and the temperature has dropped a bit. Ideal for soups.

Grace said...

i just made some squash soup, and on a whim, tossed in some rosemary. what a fabulous addition it was! excellent recipe, as usual. :)

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

zucchini soup - if only i had that recipe three months ago when i was inundated with it in the garden - but then again, i'm a soup-in-the-winter-only person, so i suppose i could try it now with the second wave of zucchini!

Jeanne said...

Wow Kalyn - good for you! The idea of braces absolutely terrified me as a kid (and still does!) but I'm sure you will be SO happy with the end result. Soup looks great too, btw!

Carolyn said...

I'm going to try some of your zucchini soup recipes. I have lots of them coming in from the garden.

P.S. I have a granddaughter who has your name but she spells it KAELYN. Nice name.

Carolyn

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