Zucchini Buttermilk Soup with Watercress Pesto


recipe and image via Cooking Light

You can substite arugula for watercress, if you like. The soup can be served warm or chilled. If you are re-heating, be careful not to boil so buttermilk does not curdle.

Soup Ingredients
½ cup chopped leek
½ cup chopped celery
5 cups chopped zucchini (1 ¼ lbs)
1 14 oz can chicken broth (or veg broth)
1 cup buttermilk
½ ts salt
¼ ts freshly ground black pepper
Cooking Spray

Method
1. Heat large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan w/ cooking spray.

2. Add leek & celery; saute 4 minutes.

3. Add zucchini; saute 5 minutes.

4. Add broth; bring to boil. Partially cover, reduce heat; simmer 20 mins (until zucchini is tender).

5. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

6. Use immersion blender & process until smooth.

7. Stir in buttermilk, salt and pepper.

Pesto Ingredients
½ cup arugula or watercress leaves
2 TB grated fresh parmesan cheese
1 TB pine nuts
1 TB fresh lemon juice
1 – 2 TB water
1 ½ ts extra virgin olive oil

Method
1. Process all ingredients until smooth, adding water as necessary.

2. Drizzle over soup.

Yield: 4 servings

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