by Susan Greeley, MS, RDN (Recipe adapted from"Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook: Lighten Up!" by...
While zucchini and summer squash are abundant, you may be looking to use them in something other than ratatouille, minestrone, zucchini bread or as a simple grilled summer vegetable. Here’s a light, “creamy” way to enjoy all of those garden goods, and it freezes well too to have in winter!
- 2 Tb olive oil
- 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 1 Tb finely chopped fresh thyme (or 2 tsp dried)
- 3 medium-sized zucchini (can also use yellow summer squash)
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 8 cups water (or organic low-sodium vegetable broth)
- Parmesan cheese for serving
In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic and thyme. Let cook until softened, just a few minutes. Cut ends off zucchini and slice into thin rounds, approximately ¼ inch or thinner. Add the zucchini, salt and pepper and let cook another few minutes before adding the water. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and let simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. Serve hot and garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of a finishing oil if desired.