Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Creamy Zucchini & Carrot Soup

It won't be long and zucchini will be in season...and everywhere! 

This is such an easy and scrumptious soup.  I've made it for years, but was inspired to make it again when I saw Sheena's recipe at Hot Eats and Cool Reads. I love her recipes and she inspires me often.

My recipe is a tad different in that it has cream of chicken soup in it, but I hadn't added carrot before either. DUH!  The carrot not only adds color, but sweetness and it's a great flavor combo alongside the zucchini. 

You can be enjoying this lovely dish for dinner in less than 30 minutes!
Add or substitute potatoes for the zucchini. 

I think it would be good with pieces of ham or bacon also. 

Any way you whip it up, it's delicious and satisfying.

Add a salad or some crusty bread and enjoy every luscious slurp!

(If you prefer not to use the canned soup, mix 2 chicken bouillon into water instead). You can thicken with a water/cornstarch slurry* (see note below) if preferred. 


CREAMY ZUCCHINI & CARROT SOUP 

1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tb. butter
3 c. grated zucchini 
(about 2 medium) 
1 medium carrot, grated
1 c. water
1 (10.75 ozs) can cream of chicken soup
1 c. milk
1 c. 1/2 & 1/2 creamer
1 tsp. dried basil
salt & pepper to taste 

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter for several minutes.  Add zucchini, carrot and water. Simmer about 10 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Mash with potato masher in pan. In medium bowl, combine soup, milk, creamer and basil, and spices.  Stir into soup in saucepan; heat to simmering.  Serve with cheese if desired. 

Yield: 4 - 5 serving 


*Slurry - Cornstarch is a common thickening agent, but if you add it directly to the liquid you want to thicken, it will clump up. To thicken a sauce or soup with cornstarch, you first need to make a slurry, which is a mixture of equal parts cornstarch and liquid (water or stock)


It's important to make the slurry with cold liquid, and then add the slurry to the simmering sauce.


If you're looking for another way to enjoy zucchini - everyone will be amazed with this Zapple Crisp ...they'll think they're eating apples!! 



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