Basil-Spiked Zucchini and Tomato Soup
- ACTIVE: 25 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the sliced almonds in a pie plate and bake for 4 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- 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.
- 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.
A fresh, peachy white, such as those made from the traditional Catalan grapes Xarel-lo and Garnacha Blanca, pairs nicely with this tangy soup.