© Lisa Linder
Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 30 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8

“Moroccans never start a meal with soup,” says Mourad Lahlou. “Instead, they serve seven little salads, including an eggplant puree called zaalouk, which is often eaten with a lot of bread. This soup has the flavors of those traditional salads, but it looks and feels lighter and fresher.” Slideshow: Great Vegetarian Soups

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, combine the half-and-half with the Parmigiano-Reggiano rind and garlic and bring to a simmer. Cover and let stand off the heat for 1 hour. Strain and discard the solids. Return the half-and-half to the saucepan.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450°. Brush the cut sides of the eggplants with the olive oil and place cut side down on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until tender.

Step 3    

Scoop the eggplant flesh into a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the puree through a fine sieve into the saucepan with the cream. Stir in the lemon juice and peas and season with salt. Heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Ladle the soup into cups, top with the radishes and preserved lemon peel and serve.

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