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Cold Cucumber Soup
© Petrina Tinslay

Cucumber-Yogurt Soup with Pepperoncini

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Pepperoncini (long, thin Italian pickled chiles) give Marcia Kiesel's otherwise-mild soup an appealingly tangy flavor.

  1. 1 pound cucumbers—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped, plus cucumber spears for serving
  2. 10 small pepperoncini—4 stemmed, seeded and chopped, plus 1/4 cup of liquid from the jar
  3. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  4. 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  5. 1 cup buttermilk
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. Salt
  1. In a blender, puree the chopped cucumbers with the chopped pepperoncini, the pickling liquid, 2 tablespoons of the dill, the yogurt and buttermilk until very smooth. Stir in the cumin and the remaining dill and season with salt. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  2. Ladle the soup into 6 bowls. Serve each bowl with a whole pepperoncini and cucumber spears on the side.
Notes The soup can also be served in cups, as in the recipe photo.