Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup

There’s nothing better than a nice cold side item to help take the heat out of a long summer day.  This incredibly simple recipe for Chilled Cucumber Soup is light, cool, and satisfying; a perfect side item or light lunch option.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber peeled and coarsely chopped (set aside 1/4 cup for use as garnish)
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or low fat sour cream

How to make Chilled Cucumber Soup:

Place all but 1/4 cup of the cucumber in a large saucepan with chopped onion, milk, stock, salt and pepper.

Simmer slowly for 30 minutes uncovered.

Set mixture aside to cool slightly.

Transfer to a blender and puree (you may need to split in two batches.)

Melt butter in a clean pan. Add flour and whisk for 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and add pureed mixture slowly while whisking.

Return pan to medium heat and stir 5 or 6 minutes. Stir in mint.

Pour into soup tureen, cover with clear plastic film to prevent skin from forming and chill for 3 hours.

Sprinkle remaining cucumber with a pinch of salt and refrigerate.

Just before serving, whip the cream into the soup, garnish with the refrigerated cucumber and serve.

Looking for other light recipes?

Italian Summer Salad

Ensalada Caprice

Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad

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