There’s certainly still plenty of courgettes and marrows to be getting through at Chez Foti and I’ve now turned to soup making to attempt a dent on the mountain. Without blowing my own trumpet, or courgette, this is the nicest courgette soup I’ve ever tasted. I’ve been making it with both courgettes and marrows or a mixture of the two, and all are equally as successful so just use whatever you have a surplus off. It’s a great recipe for gluts. And if you don’t have a glut, just go halves on the quantities and make a smaller amount.
It’s probably not entirely soup weather yet at Chez Foti, but there’s a definite Autumnal crispness in the air early mornings and evenings, which is pretty welcome after all the heat of July and August. And besides I’m trying to loose a stone by christmas (a ridiculously tall order me thinks but I’m going to give it a whirl anyways) so soups are most definitely on the menu for me these days. Barely a day’s gone by since returning from our jolidays last weekend that I haven’t been busily rustling up some sort of soup or other. And the kids always love them, whatever the weather. By including a fair whack of creme fraiche (albeit I do use a half fat version) and Parmesan (or Grana Padano it’s cheaper cousin) this admittedly is a considerably more indulgent soup than my usual, but is oh so good and worth it. Though if you’re serious about dropping calories it’s still very good without any dairy additions.
I’m entering my recipe to Karen at Lavendar and Lovage’s September Herbs on Saturday blog challenge. I’m feeling rather lucky after I won the August competition with my Glut of Tomatoes Pasta Sauces recipes. My first ever bloggie win!.
Courgette Soup with Parsley & Parmesan
To make 8 servings:
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 onions, diced
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 kilos of courgettes or marrows, diced
a litre of chicken or veggie stock
a heaped teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper
25g of flat leaved parsley leaves and stalks, roughly chopped
2 heaped tablespoons of creme fraiche, half or full fat
75g of Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese, finely grated
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or stockpot on a medium heat. Throw in the onions and cook for 10 minutes, stirring at intervals. Add the garlic and cook for a moment or two more before tipping in the diced courgettes or marrows. Cover and allow to sweat for a further 10 minutes, stirring every now and again.
Pour in the stock, bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 15 minutes until all the veggies are perfectly tender and soft. Once cooked stir in the parsley and take off the heat.
Thoroughly whiz with a stick blender or in a liquidiser or processor; I personally prefer the former as there’s less washing up. Stir in the creme fraiche and Parmesan or Grana Padano. Et voila. Final taste check and you’re done. There shouldn’t be any need to add further salt as there’s plenty in the stock. This makes a pretty thick soup (which I happen to prefer) but can be thinned down to your desired consistency with more stock, milk or water.
How about trying some of my other soupy recipes? Cream of Veggie Super Soup, Pumpkin & Bacon Soup, Butternut Squash & Chorizo Soup with Chorizo Croutons or Caldo Verde (Portuguese Greens Soup)
September 16th, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I’ve only ever used courgette in a summer minestrone, never the main ingredient for a soup. It looks lovely so must give it a go. Another winning courgette recipe!
September 17th, 2012 at 9:47 am
Thanks Vanesther, they do actually make a fab soup …. admittedly helped along on the flavour front with a little Parmesan 🙂
September 16th, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Looks lovely…will be making some soon!!
September 17th, 2012 at 9:48 am
Please try it! It’s really is one of my favourite soups now 🙂
September 17th, 2012 at 11:36 am
Thanks for saving Sunday teatime. I had no idea what to make, read this & made it. Loved it & even the 4 year old wolfed down the lot. Luckily I made a big enough batch that I have some for lunch today
September 18th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Glad you liked it! I’m about to make another batch this afternoon for the freezer.
September 17th, 2012 at 11:44 pm
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September 18th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Just realised how rude it was to link to your recipe without leaving a comment first – sorry! But, as I hope you realised, the recipe looks fab and I’m going to be making some of your soup from our courgette glut very soon. Thanks!
September 19th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
Absolutely no worries at all! Thanks so much linking 🙂
September 20th, 2012 at 9:57 pm
A GREAT recipe and I need more recipes for courgettes, I have stacks! LOVELY entry once again into the Herbs on Saturday challenge, and such a LOVELY soup too!
September 22nd, 2012 at 8:43 am
Thanks Karen. This handily makes a good freezer soup too, and I’ll be stocking up ours with marrow/courgette soup a plenty before the season’s out!
September 21st, 2012 at 11:08 am
Your courgettes look so beautiful and I would sure love to have a bowl of that hearty and creamy soup.
September 22nd, 2012 at 8:46 am
Thanks very much Mich. Make some, it’s pretty good!
October 2nd, 2012 at 2:33 pm
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