Summer Squash and Leek Puree
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Summer squash are the thin-skinned, warm-weather cousins to winter's pumpkins and acorn squashes. Dark-green zucchini and yellow summer, or crookneck, squash are the most common types, but farmers' markets often stock a wide variety, including round, scallop-edged green or white pattypans; round, deep yellow sunburst; and green, tennis-ball-sized Ronde de Nice squashes. Look for firm squash no more than 8 inches long; larger ones tend to have large seeds and watery, bitter flesh.
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 leeks, white and light green parts only,
cleaned and finely chopped
- 6 yellow crookneck squash, about 1 1/2 lb.
total, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil
- 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh chives, plus more
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Wine PairingThis pairs well with crisp, medium-bodied white wines like the Marani Kondoli Vineyards Mtsvane-Kisi, Georgia from our Wine Club.
Directions:In a soup pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the leeks and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes more. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
Add the stock and cook, partially covered, until the squash is very tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Using an immersion blender or a standing blender, puree the soup until smooth. Stir in the basil, the 2 Tbs. chives, the milk and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Gently reheat the soup over medium-low heat.
Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and garnish with chives. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Soup & Stew, by Diane Rossen Worthington (Simon & Schuster, 2004).