Sunday, July 15, 2012

5 soups for summer

For light summer fare, few things beat soup made with freshly picked treats straight from the garden (or a neighbor's garden or local farm). Savor summer with these soups: a fun twist on classic gazpacho, a few packed with chunky vegetables, and a brightly flavored sweet soup that tastes like a tropical breeze.

Sunshine-colored tomatoes and bell peppers star in this brightly flavored cold soup.

Purple onion + purple cabbage = purple soup! Tomatoes, zucchini, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese round out the supporting cast.

Take whatever's growing in your garden, add some beans and pasta, and magic — you can make minestrone. This is a terrific soup for using up odds and ends ... or hiding some of those veggies you wouldn't mind bidding adieu until next summer. (I'm looking at you, zucchini.)

Look, kids! More zucchini! This soup makes the best of it by immersing garden bounty in a savory broth studded with turkey meatballs.

Tropical Cold Sweet Soup

This incredible soup is, of course, more of a sweet: orange juice, peaches, coconut, and yogurt come together in a creamy, tropical treat. (We enjoyed it with equally delightful Orange Paprika Chicken.)

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