This is Seán’s mom’s recipe and it’s one of my favourites. She made this soup many times during my visit last Christmas. It was so nice to have it again now that I’m back in Ireland. Today was my first attempt at her recipe! I think I did pretty well, but I’ll let Seán be the judge of that.
Courgette and Almond Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 6 courgettes (zucchini) cut into chunks
- 500 ml vegetable stock
- salt and pepper
- 50 g blanched almonds
Heat the oil in large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and leeks and saute gently for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for a further minute. Stir the courgettes into the mixture, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and allow the vegetables to sweat for 5 minutes. Pour in the stock, cover the pan with a lid and bring to the boil. Lightly season with salt and white pepper, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. Add the blanched almonds and continue to simmer for 5 minutes to soften the almonds. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then blend to a smooth consistency using a handheld blender or in a food processor. Check the seasoning and adjust as required. Reheat if necessary and serve immediately.