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Basil-Spiked Zucchini and Tomato Soup

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the sliced almonds in a pie plate and bake for 4 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, puree the soup in a food processor. Return the soup to the saucepan. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and garnish each serving with the toasted sliced almonds.

Suggested Pairing

A fresh, peachy white, such as those made from the traditional Catalan grapes Xarel-lo and Garnacha Blanca, pairs nicely with this tangy soup.

Contributed By Published October 2005

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