Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Zucchini & Split Pea Cold Soup

I came across Zucchini & Lentil Cold Soup, the winning recipe of No Croutons Required: Zucchini in June and made it right after I read the recipe. This is saying much because I have an ever growing list of recipes I want to make and some of them have been there for months, if not years. What attracted me to this recipe was what usually attracts me to recipes: easy and quick to prepare, healthy and looks tasty. Zucchini is also in season right now and I love the look of the pretty green dots from the zucchini.


Zucchini & Split Pea Cold Soup
From Sweet Artichoke.
I only altered the recipe slightly. One change was accidental; I really thought I was using lentils when my boyfriend A said something about split peas. I then realized I did use peas instead.

* oil
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 2 zucchini, unpeeled and diced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 150 g yogurt (I used low fat)
* 1 cup vegetable stock (for a homemade recipe)
* salt and pepper, to taste
* 1 cup cooked yellow split peas (the original recipe called for lentils)

Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
Add the cumin and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the zucchini and garlic, until the zucchini is cooked through.
Season with salt and pepper.
Allow the zucchini mixture to cool down and set aside one tablespoon or so for garnish.
In a blender, place the zucchini mixture and yogurt and blend until very smooth.
Add some vegetable broth until the desired consistency.
Add the cooked split peas (do not blend them) and mix in.
Garnish with a spoonful of the zucchini mixture.

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Cooked split peas and zucchini.

I've made this soup a couple of times already because it was such a success. I think my boyfriend said that it was one of the best I've made! While Sweet Artichoke mentions her husband preferred the soup hot, I actually liked it cold. I find the coolness of the soup went well with the tanginess of the yogurt and I loved the cumin flavour. (On a side note, I'm excited I have a new go-to blog for vegetarian recipes and I love that the recipes come in French and English - this is going to help me with my French culinary terms!)


For more vegetarian soup recipes:
* Butternut Squash Soup
* Chickpea and Leek Soup
* Corn Soup with Dill
* Mushroom Soup
* Pasta e Fagioli
* Red Lentil Soup
* Thai Hot & Sour Soup
* Vegetable Broth


Unknown said...

This soup looks so fresh and perfect for the summer, thanks for sharing!

Sweet Artichoke said...

It is great to discover that you have become a fan of the lentils and zucchini cold soup! I am glad not to be the only one to prefer it cold!! And I will definitely try your version!
Thanks for the kind words on my blog, too :-)
You have yummy recipes here and I am looking forward to try them soon!

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