Summer Squash Soup with Parsley-Mint Pistou

from Smitten Kitchen, serves 8

Ingredients

For squash soup

  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lb yellow summer squash, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow-fleshed potato (1/2 pound), peeled, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth

For pistou

  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1 large scallion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1. Melt butter in a 6- to 8-quart wide heavy pot over moderate heat, then cook onion with salt, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes.
2. Add squash, carrots, potato, and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, then simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool soup, uncovered, 10 minutes.
3. Working in batches, puree; soup in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids) and transfer to a bowl. Return purée to cleaned pot and thin with water if desired; simmer 3 minutes. Season with salt.
4. Make pistou while vegetables simmer: Pulse mint, parsley, and scallion in a food processor until finely chopped. With motor running, add oil in a stream, then add water and salt, blending until incorporated. Swirl 1 tablespoon pistou into each bowl of soup.

Posted on May 13, 2015 .