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Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup

May/June 2011

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Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are whirled together in this chilled soup. Serve it as a starter for an early-summer supper.


Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups 1/2-inch pieces rhubarb, fresh or frozen
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or mint, plus more for garnish
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Bring rhubarb and 3 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cook until the rhubarb is very soft and broken down, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Put a couple inches of ice water in a large bowl and set the bowl with the rhubarb in it to help cool it quickly. (If you aren’t in a hurry, you can skip the ice-water bath.) Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cool, at least 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer the rhubarb to a blender. Add strawberries, sugar and salt; blend until smooth. Return to the bowl and stir in 1/3 cup basil (or mint). Serve sprinkled with more herbs and a generous grinding of pepper.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the soup (without basil or mint) for up to 1 day. Stir in herbs just before serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 92 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 13 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 86 mg sodium; 427 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (72% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1/2 carbohydrate (other)


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