Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shrek Soup! Read on . . .


While in NYC, Lindy and I happened upon a charming little Italian restaurant on our first night in the the city. We were tired, hungry, and needed some major nourishment. And that's what we got. First course? Zucchini soup. Incredible. So last week, I was trying to figure out what I was going to make....and we happened to have a lot of zucch. So the soup experiment was ON!

What did I do?
Chop a bunch of zucchini up (5 medium-sized?) and dice a yellow onion. Saute in olive oil. Add a peeled and chopped carrot or two and a few cloves of minced garlic. Keep sauteeing. Then add a quart of chicken stock (or vegetable stock) and bring to a boil. Simmer till vegies are soft. Add salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. (I added about 10-15 leaves from my basil plant). Use an immersion blender (one of my all-time favorite kitchen tools) and puree until it's to your desired chunkiness. Serve with grated/shaved parm. Some homemade bread or crusty croutons would be divine, too. We actually ate ours with simple quesadillas. YUM!
Why is it called SHREK soup? Jon and I are a bit protective of our kids when it comes to media choices. Leah is 7 and hasn't seen most of what everyone else her age has. That means no High School Musical, no Hannah Montana, no pre-teen Disney crap----because she doesn't need that yet. I'm sure it will come soon enough, and I know being overprotective has its downsides, but so far she hasn't missed a thing. Don't get me wrong....she has her fair share of movies, computer time, etc. So what does this have to do with the freakin' zucchini soup? I digress....it's one of my less favorable traits. She saw Shrek for the first time last weekend. When she saw the soup, she said, "Hey! That looks like Shrek soup!" And that's it. I humbly present Shrek soup. {Leah ate the whole bowl and loved it. Esther was a different story.}


3 comments:

LJ said...

ohh, that soup. i remember it fondly. all weekend i was dreaming of another trip to nyc. it was one of those very hard weekends--sick kids, car troubles, etc.

Becca said...

I haven't been checking the darlyblog (only darlybird blogspot) and I have been missing out! Love ya chi!

Eva said...

I made this for dinner tonight and it was yumtastic! Thanks for sharing.