I planted some herb pots last summer for the first time, and here's a light and fresh summer soup I made from my first crop. Tarragon and lemon pair perfectly with yellow squash, and some fresh-snipped chives round this out. You can serve this hot or cold and omit the dairy, if you wish. It's really a perfect summer soup! —anotherfoodieblogger
Test Kitchen Notes
How could you not make this soup? The recipe is straightforward, the ingredients simple and seasonal, and the color so lovely! It doesn't take long to make a quart of soup (which I tried both hot and cold), and it's a a very pleasant way to enjoy summer's harvest. Try blending in a medium potato, cooked, if you prefer a thicker soup. —susan g
large yellow summer squash, sliced and quartered, or chopped if preferred
green onions (scallions), light green and white parts, chopped
medium onion, chopped
fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
garlic clove, finely minced
Ground black pepper, to taste
chicken broth, preferably homemade
Juice of 1/2 large lemon
milk or cream
Tarragon, snipped chives, shredded Parmesan cheese, and croutons, for garnish (optional)
In This Recipe
In a soup pot, sauté the squash and onion in the butter and olive oil until onion is tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic in the last minute or so.
Season with black pepper to taste, add the tarragon, then pour in the chicken broth and lemon juice and stir.
Cover and bring to a simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until the squash is tender all the way through.
Remove from heat and add the milk or cream. (Optional)
Purée about half the soup with whatever device you have, then return to pot.
Serve immediately, and garnish with additional tarragon, chives, shredded Parmesan cheese, and croutons, if you like. Or, you may chill and serve it cold.