These Spring days in Seattle inspire me to eat soup. We have small doses of sunshine, then evenings of rain and a chilly wind. The problem is that I don’t like buying canned soup or pre-made soup.
Why? Well, I have my Grandmother to thank. I spent a lot of time with her after she had Triple By-pass Heart surgery. No, soup was not to blame, but it became very clear that she needed to change her eating habits and avoid Sodium (her cupboards were full of canned soup). Most mass produced soup is loaded with Sodium, whether Organic or not. I know there are low-Sodium options out there now. But, another reason why I want to make my own soup is because I want to know what all the ingredients are. Often soup labels simply say “spices” without listing what they are, not to mention some preservatives that I cannot pronounce. Okay, getting off my podium and moving onto the recipe…
Quick and Easy Zucchini Soup
This soup takes 20-30 minutes to make from start to finish – literally serving it up to eat. Most soups made from scratch take at least an hour or longer for the flavors to blend together. That is why this recipe was created. I love soup, but don’t always have 2 hours to wait for it to be yummy. The best thing about it is that you can create a vegan version and simply add Olive Oil when you serve it up, or use Ghee as a vegetarian option or good old Chicken or Turkey Stock.
– 4 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini (Enough to yield 4 cups Finely Grated)
– 6 Cups Water
– 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
– 1 Teaspoon Salt
– One clove Garlic
– 2 Table Spoons Ghee /Butter/Poultry Stock/Poultry Drippings (the yummy goop you get at the bottom of a baking dish from Chicken or Turkey)
Fill soup pot with water, add Salt and Thyme and turn the burner onto a High temperature. Finely grate Zucchini and add to the pot, cut Garlic clove in half (if you want to fish it out and avoid eating it) or dice it up fine. Once the water warms up, add your choice of fat (Ghee/Butter/etc). Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a Medium temperature for about 10 minutes. Soup is ready as soon as the Zucchini looks less bright green in color. Add additional salt to taste – this will vary depending on what else you serve with it. Serve with some cheese bread, or home made crackers sprinkled on top.
This soup is very flexible – you can add more things to it depending on what you have on hand. We’ve enjoyed adding about a cup of left over rice, some True Cod or Turkey and diced Carrots.
Let me know how you like it or what modifications you create!
p.s. Our 2-year-old loves this soup, but our 4-year-old refuses to eat any kind of soup.