Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fast chilled soup with 3 ingredients

Are you looking for a fast, easy and healthy summer meal that won't heat up your kitchen? I was. At the time I was also looking to avoid things possibly carrying E-HEC (thank goodness that's all figured out!). I happily remembered the chilled soup concept and went to see what one of my favorite cookbook authors, Rozanne Gold, had for recipes. Sure enough, I found a recipe for "roasted beet-orange soup with creme fraiche".
Rozanne is all about minimalist cooking, which is probably a topic for another time, but suffice to say her recipes only have 3 ingredients (water, salt & pepper don't count). I love her recipes and have many I make regularly. Sometimes the ingredients may be hard to find or the recipe may involve time-consuming steps, so be sure to read ahead. However, this recipe is super fast and uses things that are pretty easy to find. Bonus: I spent maybe 4 Euro to make this meal!

You'll need:

4 medium oranges (1 cup juice + 2T zest/240ml Saft + 2 Esslöffel Orangenschale)
8 oz/250g creme fraiche
1 lb roasted beets/ 500g röstete Rote Beete (I buy the packaged pre-cooked beets for 1.30 Euro)

Assemble your ingredients and blend or puree until smooth. I used my food processor and it took maybe 5 minutes. 

Notice how there's no photo of the end result? No pretty bowl of pink soup with a little garnish? It was so good I forgot to take a picture of it when I sat down to enjoy a bowl...and it lasted for a few days! 

I really love this easy recipe and will be making it often. I even find that it tastes a little bit like a dessert thanks to the natural sweetness of the orange juice. I think you'll like this, even if you say you don't like beets! (our neighbors LOVED it!)

What about you? Any favorite cold soups or other easy summer recipes? Share in the comments so we can all try something new!


Barb Parsons said...

Is creme fraiche sour cream??? Sounds great -- my kind of cooking!

Georgianna said...

Hey, this is brilliant!!! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing! xo

Monica said...

Sounds really yummy and I just know that I will end up eating it alone. One of my favorites is Carrot & Raisin Salad:
2 (10-ounce) bags shredded carrots, available from the produce department
1 cup (3 handfuls) raisins
(available in the spice aisle)
1 lemon, juiced
2 oranges, juiced
1/2 cup (2 handfuls) light brown sugar
The original recipe (Rachel Ray) also calls for 2 tablespoons poppy seeds. poppies = blach ;)

This salad always tastes better the next day.

birrrd said...

theres a tasty tomato soup I know about and I think it would perfectly work cold as well: it contains tomatoes and orange juice. it's really a summer dish!
Ill look up the complete ingredient list.
And I was thinking about a raw pea soup. Made with frozen peas from the supermarket and soy cuisine. Blended and spiced. But then summer was over again and so I prefer warm meals at the moment..

Juliette said...

@Barb - creme fraiche is a fattier version of sour cream, and not quite as tart...but I bet a full-fat (!) sour cream would work. I know creme fraiche is hard to find in the US.

@Monica -yeah, I ended up eating mine alone as well. I finally took the rest down to the neighbors because I couldn't bear to waste it and I just couldn't eat it after 2 days/3 meals, lol. The carrot salad sounds good, so I'll have to try that sometime!

@Birrrd -oh, please post. I'm a huge tomato and pea fan so any cold soups that aren't just gazpacho sound fun!

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