Not so very long ago, I told the world (via my blog) that I am not such a fan of soup. But then again, I also said that I was going to cook my way through Bon Appetit’s Fast/Easy/Fresh. And that book has a whole chapter on soups. So I was left in a moral quandary. But I didn’t really think about it much because there were so many other recipes to try that I figured I would worry about it later rather than sooner.

Later was actually this week.

I needed a side dish to go with the black bean burgers. Okay, I said, what veggies are on sale at the supermarket this week. Summer squash. 99 cents a pound. Hmmm, that’s a really good deal, can’t do better than that. Let me check my bible aka fast/easy/fresh and see what side dishes they have for summer squash. Blah blah blah, something that involves potatoes – potato salad? Nah, don’t really feel like potatoes, blah blah blah. There’s gotta be SOMETHING in here?!?!? Frittata, orzo, eh, soup, nah I don’t do soup.

Wait. Maybe I can do soup.

As it turns out, I can do soup and not only that but I can like it as well. I guess Deb was right after all.

Chilled Summer Squash Soup with Curry
Serves 2, adapted from Bon Appetit Fast/Easy/Fresh

2 tbsp butter
2 shallots, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 1/4 lb summer squash
2 cups broth
mint, for garnish

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and curry powder for 3 minutes. Add the summer squash, cover and cook until squash is tender, stirring every once in a while. Add the broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Puree in a food processor or with an immersion blender.

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper and chill. Garnish with mint when serving.

This soup was very tasty and the mint was absolute integral to making it so very delicoius. I ate it hot the first day since I didn’t feel like waiting for it to chill and then cold the second day. It was actually good either way so don’t feel bad if you can’t wait for it to get cold to eat it. You won’t be alone.

I am submitting this to Souper Sundays, an event hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.

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11 Responses to Never Say Never…

  1. I’m the exact opposite, I could have soup every day and never get tired of it!

    BUT, I have never tried that kind of soup, so I’m excited to give it a try!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Denise says:

    I love curry, its one of my favorite spices. Never had a chilled soup, may have to try this one.

  3. Reeni? says:

    I’ve never had a chilled soup, either. I love curry! I love squash! I love soup! Even in the summer! I love your curry squash soup!

  4. Donna-FFW says:

    Joanne- First I must tell you how very much your comments make me laugh. You are brutally honest and funny and I love it! Just love you, you are a sweetie.

    This soup looks fabulous.. the only chilled soup I ever had was strawberry.

  5. burpandslurp says:

    I’m def saving this recipe! lately I’ve been craving soup for dinner!

  6. Natashya says:

    So glad you found a soup you like! Thanks for reminding me to look in the F,E, F book for soupy ideas.

  7. Debinhawaii says:

    I so seldom hear “Deb was right!” I’m going to have to go back and read your post again! 😉 The soup looks delicious–love the idea of the cold soup with the curry. I’ll add it to Sunday’s line up and take you off the “soup hater list!” 😉

  8. Mmmm, looks like a delicious way to celebrate spring flavors.

  9. Kim says:

    I just recently tried a cold soup and thought it was delicious. This one sounds great too.

  10. Joanne says:

    Jenn – I feel as if soup is beginning to grow on me. Maybe I’m just disillusioned by the store-bought kind?

    Denise – Neither had I, but this was extremely good, especially on a hot day.

    Reeni – I think chilled soups were made for the summer! And yes, I love all those things as well.

    Donna – Strawberry soup sounds great! Now you’ve got me craving that. I grew up in a household that was always brutally honest, especially on X-rated topics so your lovely banter makes me feel quite at home. 🙂

    Burpandslurp – Let me know how it turns out if you make it! The chilled factor makes it perfect for a dinner in this heat.

    Natashya – I am glad as well, it’s made me realize how much I was probably missing out on.

    Deb – Haha, you can read it again and again if you like. If you want, I’ll tape record myself saying it and mail it to you because you were DEFINITELY right.

    Cate – Thanks, it was quite good. I’m definitely trying to eat more in season and this was an excellent way to accomodate that.

    Kim – It’s made me want to try more of them, I’m sure there are som other greats out there!

  11. Shannon says:

    I just made this soup this past weekend, I LOVED it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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