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French Zucchini Soup
(Soupe à la Courgette)
This marvelous and practically instant soup is compliments of Mme. Marie-Josie Diacre, my professor of French at the Touraine Institute in France this summer of '99. She was a wonderful teacher--and clearly is an excellent cook for her husband, 3 sons, and 5 grandchildren. Her original recipe is reproduced below. I believe it is a general favorite in French home cooking, as my dear friend Danielle Moreau independently recommended it to me, but cooked with chicken stock instead of water. Serve hot to 4 people as light, creamy, and flavorful first course. It is also quite wonderful served cold.
Garnish: minced parsley
Put the sliced zucchini, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and just cover with water or stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer til the zucchini is just tender--about 10 minutes. Puree in a blender, solids first, then pop in the cheese wedges and process til they are melted into the soup.
Pour into bowls, top each with a sprinkle of minced parsley, and serve immediately.