Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

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Author Notes: The recipe hails from my cookbook, The Cool Mountain Cookbook, which is a compilation of home-tested recipes from fabulous ski resorts around the country. This particular recipe is adapted from the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT. Although it calls for cantaloupe, a really ripe honeydew melon would make a lovely substitution. A swirl of yogurt thinned with a little milk on top would be a nice, creamy garnish. - Chef GwenChef Gwen

Food52 Review: Cantaloupe soup is often overly sweet and one-dimensional. Not so with Chef_Gwen’s Chilled Cantaloupe Soup. She adds orange, lemon and lime juice to the fruit, giving it a healthy blast of acidity, and then spices the soup with cinnamon and salt. When you taste it, you first get the sweet fruit, which seems impossibly bright and refreshing, and this is followed by waves of cinnamon. The soup, which takes 5 minutes to prepare, separates as it sits, so give it a stir before serving and get it ice, ice cold. And don’t forget the mint and yogurt swirls, which aren’t merely decorative -- the yogurt enriches the soup and the mint adds a note of freshness. - A&MA&M

Serves 6

  • 6 cups chopped cantaloupe, about 1 (4 pound) melon
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  1. Place all ingredients, except for the mint, in a large bowl and stir.
  2. Place half the mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour soup into a pitcher, and repeat with remaining mixture.
  3. Taste and whisk in more cinnamon, honey or even lemon juice if desired. It should taste sweet and tart, with only a hint of cinnamon. Chill the soup until ready to serve.
  4. Remove the mint leaves from the stem (discard) and stack the leaves on top of each other. Roll lengthwise into a tight "cigar." Slice crosswise into thin strips.
  5. Pour the chilled soup into six soup bowls. Garnish each with a sprinkle of shredded mint and serve.
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2 months ago DeeGee

Beautiful soup. Topped the bowl with skillet-crisped shards of prociutto.

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over 1 year ago MrsK

Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!! (Just like Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl," remember?) This is astoundingly delicious. Astounding for its simplicity. I followed the recipe to the T, but like mpm6228 below, I used cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon. (And used fresh lemon verbena, wonderfully fresh, summery flavor.) Oh, heavens, it's to die for! We couldn't stop eating... Thanks for another keeper!

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over 1 year ago MrsK

Yum, yum! I'm thinking about serving this at my next Spanish Conversation Lunch meeting. Would be probably delicious as the soup course!

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over 1 year ago za'atar

What an interesting and delicious soup! I'll admit, it was a little hard for me to think of this as a soup and not a smoothie in a bowl, but no one really cares what it is if it tastes this good.

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over 1 year ago Anne Bradley

I've been making this for a year and I just love it!!

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about 2 years ago mmann15

We loved this, though I found one cantaloupe (as recipe suggests) to only be enough for 2 people. I cut the rest of the recipe by half and did just fine, but next time I will use 2 melons and keep the rest of the ingredients as written. By the way, my husband thought it was "good enough for dessert!"

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over 2 years ago Kathy Cooks

I made this last night...What a winner! So delicious and I even got my husband to try it. He thought it was another example of my divine cooking...lol..little does he know how easy this recipe is! Thank you so much for this cooling treat..:) It goes in my permanent gotta-make-this-again recipe file...

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over 2 years ago sboulton

I make cantaloupe soup a lot because I live in southern cal and it's always hot and melons are plentiful, but instead of regular honey, I use lavendar honey and no cinammon and the combination of the lavendar and the melon is divine.

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over 2 years ago dani

I can see why it's a winner. We loved it! Like having a dreamsicle for dinner. Yummy!

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over 2 years ago 102bleu

this soup was just what i was looking for this spring...have a great fresh produce market open only thurs to sat and they had lovely small cantaloupes. used pineapple nectar instead of oj and it is great.

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about 3 years ago Queen Bee

I made this soup and found it light and refreshing. However, Drone would not even consider "cold soup", so I poured it in a mug and called it "citrus melon cooler". A neighbor had given us a loaf of blueberry bread that complemented the soup nicely.

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over 3 years ago mpm6228

I added mint from my garden, a touch of cayenne and omitted honey. Delicious. I always was turned off by the idea of cantaloupe soup until I saw this recipe.

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over 3 years ago Wicko

Although it is still the dead of Winter, I decided to make this anyway and it is dee-lish. You aren't kidding about it taking 5 minutes to prepare, either. Highly recommended. Will use a little less salt next time. Thnx for a great easy recipe.

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about 5 years ago ENunn

I cannot wait to make this; I usually find cold soups and creative approaches to cantaloupe ridiculous: why not just eat the fruit? But this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing it.

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about 5 years ago ENunn

I cannot wait to make this; I usually find cold soups and creative approaches to cantaloupe ridiculous: why not just eat the fruit? But this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing it.

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about 5 years ago ENunn

I cannot wait to make this; I usually find cold soups and creative approaches to cantaloupe ridiculous: why not just eat the fruit? But this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing it.