Summer Squash Soup
Summer Squash Soup

This recipe comes courtesy of Ron Merlin, a voracious blogger and respected foodie who also has a talent for photographing his creations -

So is your Autumn garden bursting with produce? Got a bunch of yellow squash? Giving it to your friends and neighbors? So what are you going to make with it? Boiled squash with milk? Cut them and cover them with egg and cornmeal and fry them? Add to some casserole? All are good, but I have the answer.

Make this soup! It's delicate, delicious, and tangy, with a hint of nutmeg and Parmesan. Yeah, nutmeg and Parmesan together. Who knew?

Ingredients

2 - 3 extra large yellow squash or 12 button squash

1 large sweet onion

4 tablespoons butter

3 cups chicken stock

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

juice of one lemon

1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon nutmeg and a dusting for garnishment

Shaved or shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (or Parmesan Reggiano)

Method

Mince onion and place in saucepan with butter over medium low heat.

Wash and cut off ends of squash, and slice into 1/4 inch slices. No need to peel the squash, the skin is very tender after cooking.

Toss squash in the pan with onions and butter, and saute for 15 minutes or so, stirring every once in a while.  You want the onions and squash to be very soft.

Add chicken stock, salt and pepper and cook on medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes.

Now, remove from heat, and either use a handheld immersion blender or a food processor, and puree it all together. It can take a few minutes, but stick with it, you want it silky smooth. If you're in the bush use a potato masher.

Return to pan, add lemon and heavy cream and nutmeg. Heat on low for a few minutes until heated thoroughly. Do not boil or simmer, no need.

Now, the important part. Taste it!  Decide if it needs a bit more salt, or pepper, or lemon juice and adjust accordingly.

Spoon into a bowl or cup, dust with nutmeg and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top.


Looking for an easy camp bread to go with this recipe? Try making - Naan.




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