• Soup on Sunday: Zucchini Soup with Crème Fraîche

    by  • 27 Jul ’14 • profile • 5 Comments

    HDThe hot Houston weather, Food & Wine and winemaker Jeremy Seysses inspired my soup selection today. Jeremy Seysses has developed a wide repertoire of dishes to use up the zucchini from his half-acre garden: ratatouille, sautéed zucchini, zucchini fritters, stuffed zucchini, zucchini cake. But this ultra-simple soup is the family favorite. “We have nothing from the garden for an eternity, then all of a sudden, we have to eat zucchini every day for two months just to keep up,” he says. His soup can be served warm, or chilled for a sunny evening. “Yes, we actually do get occasional sunny evenings in Burgundy,” he reports.

    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    1 3/4 pounds medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick
    3 cups vegetable stock
    Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
    3 tablespoons crème fraîche
    Sherry vinegar, for drizzling

    In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onions and garlic, cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring, until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes.

    Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Pour into a large bowl.Refrigerate the zucchini soup for at least 3 hours, until thoroughly chilled.  Season with salt and pepper and whisk in the crème fraîche. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a little sherry vinegar.
    Serves 4

    Photo: P-A Jorgensen

    5 Responses to Soup on Sunday: Zucchini Soup with Crème Fraîche

    1. eleni
      28 Jul ’14 at 11:44 am

      Picked up your book the other day, especially helpful now that we are rightsizing from the family home to a smaller one. Wonderful ideas, beautiful pictures. I am going to enjoy fixing up our new home. We use your lentil soup recipe frequently. Thanks.

    2. MJH DesignArts
      28 Jul ’14 at 11:44 am

      This sounds divine. And I love zucchinis. Have you ever tried Spanish pisto a la Bilbaina?
      Mary

    3. 28 Jul ’14 at 3:35 pm

      Ronda this sounds so delish! Thank you for sharing!

      xoxo
      Karena
      The Arts by Karena

    4. 29 Jul ’14 at 5:54 pm

      My grandson just loves asparagus. Of all things. He cannot seem to get enough green in his diet. This is such a great treat that I’m sure he will love. And anything with creme fraiche, count me in!

    5. 4 Aug ’14 at 3:04 pm

      This sounds so good. I love fresh zucchini in the summer time. Will have to give this recipe a try. :)

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