So I was at the farmer's market last weekend just as they were about to close. One of the merchants had only a few things left for sale: a few gigantic zucchinis, a few eggplants, and some hot peppers. They really didn't want to bring them back so they let me have it all for an amazing deal... $4 for the whole lot. They were organic as well! I felt like I had won the lotto.
The size of the zucchini's were unreal; one of them was nearly 2 foot long! I was a bit worried about how the insides would look like as I thought they would be mushy and have a lot of seeds. But they were surprisingly firm, with only a moderate amount of seeds. I have a feeling there will be a few recipes with zucchini in my near future!
Since the size of those zucchinis were pretty unusual, I cannot tell you exactly how many to buy, but I did measure 6 cups of them for the soup. So the quantity will depend on how large yours are. Usually between 4-6 should be enough, but like I said, since mine were the largest I have ever seen, I used only 1/2 of the largest one. That should give you an idea of how big of a green monster I dealt with.
This soup has a really nice little kick. If you are into spicy food, this will be right up your alley.
CAJUN CREAM OF ZUCCHINI SOUP
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 6 cups of zucchini, chopped
- 2 cups of red potatoes (I left the skin on as this is where most of the nutrients are), cubed
- 1 roma tomato, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 5 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
|The large one was almost 2 feet long!|
- In a large pot, heat up the olive oil under medium heat.
- Add the onions and garlic, saute 4-5 minutes until translucent
- Add the zucchinis, the potatoes, the tomatoes, and the jalapeno, and saute for 3-4 minutes
- Add the vegetable broth, the Cajun seasoning, the paprika, the cumin, the salt, and the pepper, and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium- low, and simmer for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
- Puree the soup in a blender (you might need to do this in a few batches).
- Serve warm
This will make 6 servings