Recipe 33 Courgette and Bacon Soup

I was given a huge round courgette, far to big to stuff so decided to make a soup out of it. I used this recipe for a Bacon and Courgette soup, which although serves 4 people, didnt even use up half the vegetable I had!
1 tbsp olive oil
150 g bacon, chopped
1 onion, sliced
600 g courgettes
1 litres vegetable, pork or chicken stock
black pepper
120 g plain yogurt
a pinch of paprika

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add 100g (two-thirds) of the bacon and fry gently until it starts to brown. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and translucent.

2. Add the courgettes and stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the courgettes are very tender.

3. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan, fry the remaining chopped bacon until crisp. Set aside to drain on kitchen paper.

4. Remove the soup from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Process until smooth using a hand-blender or food processor. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Reheat the soup as necessary, then divide amongst serving bowls. To garnish, place 2 tbsp yoghurt in each bowl, sprinkle with bacon.
 The soup turned out really well and didn't really need to add much extra seasoning. The sprinkling of paprika was a nice touch and I served it with some of my mum (and niece's) strong cheese scones. The courgette wasn't a particularly strong flavour, but tasted more of smokey vegetables which was great! I am pretty glad to have enough for my lunch tomorrow!


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