Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 10:10:50 -0700
From: "Kate L (for Lychee) Pugh" (email@example.com)
Based on a recipe by Karen Mille
I tried using fresh basil and dried basil; and the dried won! Also I
tried peeling and seeding the tomatoes, or not; it didn't make much
difference, but if you do want to peel/seed them then I'd suggest using
half as many tomatoes again (eg 3 medium not 2). Using good-quality
vegetable stock rather than water really helps this soup - homemade is
If using US cup measures (C), measure _after_ preparing ingredients as
specified in the recipe.
1/2 medium onion (75g, 3oz, 1/2 C)
2 garlic cloves
1 mild green chilli (optional)
2 tsp vegetable stock powder
1 medium courgette/zucchini (175g, 6oz, 1 1/2 C)
1 medium carrot (75g, 3oz, 1/2 C)
2 ripe medium tomatoes (150g, 6oz, 1/2 C)
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley (if available)
1/4 tsp dried basil
750 ml (24 fl oz, 3 C) vegetable stock if available, else water
1. Prepare the vegetables:
Onion: Peel and chop
Garlic: Peel and chop finely
Chilli: Peel, deseed and chop finely
Courgette/Zucchini: Halve lengthways and cut into thin semicircles
Carrot: Peel, then as for courgette
Tomatoes: Peel and deseed if wished. Chop finely
2. Place the onion, garlic, chilli if using and vegetable stock powder in
a large pan with 250ml (8 fl oz, 1 C) vegetable stock or water. Bring to
the boil, then boil off almost all the liquid, stirring occasionally
until the vegetables are soft and just moist.
3. Add the courgette, carrot and tomato and reduce the heat slightly.
Very soon these vegetables will begin to give off liquid, so turn up the
heat again and boil it off, stirring constantly, until the vegetables
have begun to soften (courgette goes translucent).
4. Add the remaining stock or water (500ml, 16 fl oz, 2 C), bring to the
boil, then cover and cook for about 10 minutes until vegetables have
softened but aren't mushy.
5. Remove half the vegetables, recover and cook for 5 minutes more. Puree
the mixture in the pan, then add the reserved vegetables and the herbs.
Reheat and serve.