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Quick-pickled cucumber slices give this delicate, fresh-tasting soup a little zing. More Fast Soup Recipes

Marcia Kiesel
March 2009

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Credit: © John Kernick

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Yield:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add the broth and water and bring to a boil. Add the potato, cover and simmer over low heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Add the watercress and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes.

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  • Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the saucepan. Add the whole and skim milk and season with salt and pepper; keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, trim the peeled cucumber to form a rectangle. Cut the cucumber crosswise into very thin slices. In a medium bowl, combine the rice vinegar with a large pinch of salt. Add the cucumber slices and toss well. Let stand until they have softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with cucumber slices and serve.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Notes

One Serving 112 cal, 7 gm fat, 1.5 gm sat fat, 9 gm carb, 0.9 gm fiber.

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