Friday, November 30, 2007

Creamy Zucchini Soup

Don't let the crappy photo fool you--this soup is awesome. While I love to cook, I really don't know a thing about photography. Basically, I put my dishes on the ironing board and take pics with a flash and tripod. I still have yet to figure out a good way to photograph soup.

- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp non-hydrogenated margarine
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 6 zucchini, sliced (or 2 lbs)
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 cup plain soy milk, or soy creamer
- salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil and margarine in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic for about 5 mins, until onions are translucent.
2. Add in sliced zucchini and oregano. Cook for 5 mins, or until zucchini begins to soften.
3. Pour in stock and bring to a boil. Partially cover, lower heat, and simmer for 20 mins, or until zucchini is cooked through.
4. Remove from heat and blend with a hand blender until very smooth. Stir in nutritional yeast and soy milk/creamer. Season with salt and pepper. Reheat if necessary. Serve.

The End of Vegan Mofo
Unfortunately, Vegan Mofo ended on more of a whimper than a bang in my house. First, I had planned to make a delicious risotto to go with the soup, only to find that I forgot to buy arborio rice at the bulk food store. (snort) I also decided that I would try the chickpea cutlets again, with a nice white wine/garlic/lemon sauce to go on top. I took my own advice and pulsed the chickpeas, which worked beautifully. I also decided to bake them this time. Everything was going great, but I miscalculated cooking times and ended up finishing the cutlets before the soup. I decided I could keep them warm in the oven while everything else finished up. Well, that was a big mistake. I ended up baking the cutlets into chickpea briquettes. To top it off, no one liked my white wine/garlic/lemon sauce. *sigh* I don't take failure in the kitchen very well. If only a case of beer was in the grocery budget . . . .


Vegetation said...

Awww I hate it when things don't go right in the kitchen. Never mind, the soup looks great!

Anonymous said...

This is great! I'm a newcomer to your blog and I think your dishes always make me want to reach through the monitor and grab a spoonful. The only thing I think might help is another light source instead of a flash. Maybe set up a couple of lamps? You're doing great and if you don't change a thing it all still looks delicious.

village mama said...

Your soup photo looks good to me. I always think very one else's photos looks pro, and am hard on myself about how un pro mine look.

Sorry to hear that no one liked your sauce. I had a similiar experience last night when I decided to drizzle some balsamic vinegar into our tomato paste sauce. Luckily my kids are only 1 & 3 so their taste buds are less developed. They ate their pizza happily while I talked to myself in my head on the silly experiment.

HT said...

i always think soup photos look good in the bowl with crusty bread beside them!

Veg-a-Nut said...

We all have those days when well made plans go in the round file, but at least you had an awesome sounding soup. I will be putting this recipe to the test on my next shopping spree. I love zucchini!

Good-Dees said...

WOW, you had me at nutritional yeast...I had to make this even though it was 85 degrees out- another great recipe from you-thank you!

Sara Schultz said...

I just made this tonight. I was short the nutritional yeast and the soy milk and don't own a blender, so sort of hand-mashed it with a potato masher, but the result was still amazing! One of the tastiest soups ever!

You wouldn't want to see my picture!

Katherine said...

I made this for my family tonight- it was a hit!! Followed the recipe exactly, except I didn't blend it until completely smooth. Delicious, thanks for a great recipe!

SwtSwtJane said...

I made this soup this morning to bring to work with me for lunch. I added some cayenne and a squirt of Bragg's Liquid Aminos... it was lick-the-Thermos-clean good!! Thank you for sharing your recipes, Vegan Dad with the Lucky Family!

CH said...

This sounds really delicious! I'd like to try it but how many does this recipe serve?

MrsJ said...

I made this soup tonight, and it was luscious. Since we are trying to do the Engine 2 diet, I had to reduce the olive oil to almost none and delete the margarine. It came out just as yummy.