Last week when I was struggling in the kitchen to make tasty food without killing myself, Leel suggested and inspired me to try the Food Network’s Pear and Zucchini Soup. Ah soup, how I love thee. My husband is allergic to pears but he is away so this was another way to be rebellious in the kitchen.
You know I just had to change up the recipe a bit, right? I divided the recipe in half which is a good thing, even at half this makes a ton of soup! I have been living off it all weekend. You start off with the classic soup-making technique. I heated up some olive oil and butter and then added 1 diced carrot, celery stalk and small onion and sauteed them for 10 minutes.
While the soup was simmering away I fried up little pieces of chorizo sausage to use as garnish instead of the croutons. I wanted a little protein in the meal.
I love this picture, my blender looks like it is impersonating a ghost! I do not like using immersion blenders, they do not make the soup perfectly smooth the way a blender does. I removed thyme stalks and bay leaf and a little at a time I ladled the soup into the blender and pureed it with a cloth on top. This is important! I have ended up with soup all over my kitchen because I forgot to do this, make sure to cover and not over-fill the blender. Add soup gradually. I put the soup back into the pot, added 2 tbsp of cream and checked the seasoning.
yay! five out of five wooden spoons! woohoo! ok, i know its not even MY recipe per say, but i love that i suggested it and you enjoyed it. you never know with other peoples taste buds! thanks suzie; im so glad i could some part of getting you out of your foodie frustrations 🙂
That looks delish! Great blog you have here. 🙂
Oh now that sounds wonderful..what a good combination..think I will try this one!! Yummmmmm! Sarah
That is one PRETTY soup. And I liked the story too. I keep marveling that I read your food blog, Suzie, since I don’t do recipes. It is always fun to read about your adventures in the kitchen. xo, O
Sounds good, I think I’ll wait till the zuchinni are a bit cheaper, they are all imported here at this time of year.
great tastes, zucchini and pear, must be dealicious. best of luck with cooking 🙂