Quick and Easy Cream of Zucchini Soup

Shared by the family of Klemens Koestler (Class of 2014)

Quick and easy Zucchini Soup
This Cream of Zucchini Soup has great body simply from the amount of zucchini, so very little cream is needed to give it that final push to supreme creaminess. For a “cream of” soup it is remarkably healthy.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
for 4-6 servings
– 1 Tbsp. oil or butter
– 1 medium onion
– 1/2 tsp. salt plus more to taste
– 4 medium zucchini
– 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
– 1/4 cup heavy cream
– Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
– Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
* Onion can be omitted if one does not like onion or to save even more time. Then start
with Preparation step #2.

Method:
1. Chop onion. Heat a medium pot over medium high heat and add oil or butter.
When the fat is hot, add the onion and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and tender, about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, trim and chop the zucchini. Add zucchini and broth to the onion. Raise heat to bring to a boil then reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is very tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Puree zucchini with a stick blender.

4. Add cream and gently heat until hot.

5. Add salt and pepper, if you like, to taste (note that soup often requires a lot of salt to acquire good flavor, just think of all that water in there!). Serve hot with a sprinkle of pepper and/or nutmeg, if you like.

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