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Published: Tuesday, 7/15/2014

Dinner Tonight: Silky Zucchini Soup

“People expect to caramelize onions,” says chef Grant Achatz of Chicago‘‍s Alinea restaurant. “But zucchini browned in olive oil is equally delicious.”

Silky Zucchini Soup

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1½ pounds zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • ⅔ cup vegetable stock
  • 1½ cups water
  • Julienned raw zucchini, for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and water and bring to a simmer; cook until the zucchini is very soft, about 10 minutes.

Working in 2 batches, puree the soup in a blender until it’‍s silky-smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Serve it either hot or chilled, garnished with julienned zucchini.

Yield: 4 servings.

Source: Food & Wine, July 2014.

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