Late Summer Soups

Right now we are suffering a wonderful surplus of late season vegetables, and when in doubt I turn to soup as an easy way to eat my veggies.  During my last evening visiting Indiana, I made this incredibly luscious and oh-so-simple fresh lima bean bisque.  If you have never tried limas fresh you should really hunt some down at your Farmers’ Market and give this a try.

For this I simply covered several cups of shelled, fresh beans with water and cooked until they were just tender.  I tossed in some dehydrated onion, salt, pepper, and little smoked paprika, then pureed the whole batch until smooth.  Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and serve.  Amazing, really.

Tonight I was faced with a club-sized giant zucchini, courtesy of the C.S.A.  It was large enough that really it should have been used for some kind of craft project (shoes?  wallets?), but instead I chopped it up and tossed it into the soup pot with a large chopped onion, a couple of small tomatoes that needed to be used, a can of drained garbanzos, plus salt, white pepper, and a little fresh lemon zest.

After the vegetables were tender I crumbled in a good cup of feta cheese and then blended the whole thing until smooth.  The garbanzos make it velvety and the feta adds a rich edge, and that baseball bat zucchini was transformed into something elegant and savory.  This would be beautiful garnished with a little fresh mint.

Soup is a wonderful way to use up your garden, and if you don’t already own an immersion (hand-held) blender I urge you to spend the 30 dollars and get one.  You can transform practically any vegetable into a silky, sexy soup that anyone will enjoy.  You can do with this a regular blender, of course, but the clean up is a little more daunting.

More veggie recipes soon,


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3 Responses to Late Summer Soups

  1. Shawn September 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I've never imagined Lima Bisque but I sure do now! Actually, I'm now obsessed with making it 🙂

  2. Guvi September 11, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    Excellent idea with a very nice and surely tasty result. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tiffany September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Great way to celebrate the last few days of summer!

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