Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Zucchini and laughing cow cheese soup

We woke up to frost Saturday, which can only means one thing: Winter is here!
It was pouring rain, bleak gray clouds were rolling across the sky, and the sun reduced to a feeble orb through the thick, dark atmosphere. As I peered into the gloom, I was dreaming of soup, a thick, rich warm-me up soup!

We decided to spend the day snuggled up inside under a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and watching movies.
I somehow love the days, when it’s gray and rainy outside, and all you want to do is curl up on the couch listening to the drops of rain relentlessly pattering against the window.

So came this soup, without spending too much time in the kitchen. It is creamy, cheesy, velvety and healthy. The addition of ‘la vache qui rit’ adds a great flavor and texture. Actually, that's just what a soul needs on cold lazy days like this!

Ingredients (serves 4):
6 zucchinis (1.5 kg)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp allspice
4 cups water
6 portions laughing cow cheese

Wash and cut the zucchini in chunks. In a large, thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the garlic and onions and saute for a few minutes along with a pinch of salt and the allspice just until they soften up a bit. Stir in the zucchini. Add the water. Bring to a simmer and cook until zucchini are soft throughout, about 5 mn.

Drain the zucchini reserving some cooking liquid. Transfer the zucchini to a blender, add the cheese and puree until smooth. (You may have to add a bit of the cooking liquid to achieve the desired consistency). Taste and add more salt if needed. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and serve.

Velouté de courgettes à la vache qui rit

Ingredients (serves 4):
6 courgettes (1.5 kg)
2 gousses d'ail, hachées
1 oignon, émincé
2 càs d'huile d'olive
½ càc de quatre-épices
4 tasses d'eau
6 portions la vache qui rit

Lavez et coupez les courgettes en morceaux. Faites chauffer l'huile dans une grande marmite, et faites revenir l'ail et l'oignon quelques minutes. Assaisonnez de sel et d'épices. Ajoutez les courgettes. Versez l'eau. Portez à ébullition et faites cuire les courgettes environ 5 mn.

Égouttez en réservant l'eau de cuisson. Versez les courgettes dans le bol du mixeur, ajoutez le fromage et mixez finement. Si vous préférez une texture plus fluide, ajoutez un peu d'eau de cuisson. Goutez et réctifiez l'assaisonnement. Versez un filet d'huile d'olive et servez chaud.


  1. Bought !!!! La soupe pour ce soir !!!

  2. Hi,

    The soup looks inviting...:)



  3. Chico, I love this soup but I'll have to try the allspice as you've added!

  4. Looks absolutely delicious and yummy!

  5. What a unique idea! I would never have thought to use La Vache Qui Rit cheese in soup.

  6. Chico,
    This soup looks AWESOME! I believe having a zucchini in a soup would get me moving! Very creative :)

  7. Zucchini and cheese soup looks delicious. I haven't done any soup recipes with Zucchini, look like i have too.

  8. Oh how lovely. I usually add grated zucchini to chili and stew, but I've never done just a zucchini soup before. I love your addition of cheese. :-)

  9. This is a great soup and I made it once following my cousins Nicole direction (she lives in Paris): could not believe how much flavor would come out of such simple ingredients!

  10. Definitely my type of soup...actually I just had some zucchini soup days ago. Yummy!

  11. J'ai l'habitude de réaliser ce velouté, il est très bon !

  12. I have recently discovered the wonder that is laughing cow cheese, so I am pretty pumped about this soup recipe!!!

  13. j'adore ici on mettra un peu d piment d'espelette ! =)

  14. Yum! I love laughing cow cheese! It makes the soups so creamy :-) Looks delicious!

  15. allspice and zucchini are a nice pairing. i like the name laughing cow cheese. i will see if i can find in in columbus ohio, usa

  16. Your soup looks lovely with a nice velvety texture. I keep wishing we would have one of those chilly days, but it's still a little too warm here!

  17. You know, Cherine, I've never cooked with laughing cow!?! We eat it all the time, but it never occurred to me to use it in a dish! This sounds amazing!

  18. Delicious! I love that gorgeous drizzle of oil on top.

  19. Very nice sounding zucchini soup, the cheese I bet adds a nice creaminess, thanks for the idea.

  20. u have a wonderful blog with lods of deliciousness and this one is another delight too

  21. This is one creative combination! Love the swirly drizzle on the top.