9 August 2018

Seven of the Best Summer Soups

Everyone I know seems to have grown courgettes this year. Requiring full sun to grow I’m not surprised that this summer, with the UK heatwave, has been a great season for courgette growers. We’ve acquired quite a few from a family allotment and have enjoyed quite a few bowls of summer courgette soup, creating a new recipe that is now one of our family favourites.

In fact, so many soups are easy to make from produce that is easy to grow in the garden from tomatoes to peas and rocket. It's not only healthy but frugal too - helping us to keep fit and keep money in our pockets. Read on to discover the recipes for seven of the best summer soups.

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Seven of the Best Summer Soups


Usually harvested between June and September the courgette is from the same family as cucumber, squash and melon. It is the most popular vegetable of the squash family, being extremely versatile, tender and easy to cook.

They traditionally have a deep green skin with firm pale flesh, but also come in yellow varieties, and are also known as zucchini.


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Nutritionally courgettes contain very few calories and have high water content – so pretty good if you are watching what you eat. They are an outstanding source of manganese and vitamin C, and is also one of the best sources of dietary fibre that will keep your body in the best shape for the long run, and also have significant levels of potassium, which is key to controlling blood pressure.

Our courgette soup is not only vegan, so naturally, dairy-free but also gluten-free too. It has four simple ingredients – onion, garlic, potato and courgette – plus herbs and spices.

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Summer Courgette Soup

Ingredients


  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 2-3 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2-3 small or 1 large yellow courgette
  • 1 litre of water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chives

Method


  1. Saute the onion and garlic in oil.
  2. When soft add the potato and stock cube and water and bring to the boil.
  3. When the potatoes are nearly soft add the courgette.
  4. Blend, then add salt & pepper to taste and chopped chives.
  5. Serve with your favourite crusty bread.
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Rocket & Spring Onion Soup


Other favourite summer soups include Rocket  – another vegetable that is in abundance in our garden again this year. 

Rocket, also known as arugula, is one of the nutritious green leafy vegetables of Mediterranean origin. It is also a good source of Fibre and Protein, Vitamins A, B, C and K as well as Zinc and Copper, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese. As well as being very low in calories, it has many vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may immensely benefit health.

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Here’s our recipe for Rocket Soup – one that I created by accident!


Watercress, Cauliflower and Beetroot

I also asked food bloggers for their favourite summer soups – and here they are - I’m hoping the sunshine lasts a whole while longer, so I can also enjoy all of these …



Pea Soup


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Which vegetable would your favourite summer soup be made from?

Deb x


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1 comment:

  1. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry11 August 2018 at 16:56

    Thanks so much for mentioning my cauliflower soup. I do love a soup in the summer so will be trying these other recipes for sure

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