Watercress Soup

From: arielle@taronga.com (Stephanie da Silva)

Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1993 14:33:42 GMT

1 tablespoon butter
3 leeks (white part only), chopped
1 1/2 pound zucchini, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
1 bunch of watercress, tough stems removed
1/3 cup heavy cream (it says optional, but I don't see why you couldn't
                      substitute milk for a lower fat version)
salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large heavy saucepan, melt the butter over moderately low heat.  Add
the leeks and cook until softened but not browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the zucchini, increase the heat to moderately hight and saute for 2
minutes without browning.  Add the stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce the
heat to moverate and simmer until the zucchini is just tender, about 5
minutes.  Add the watercress and simmer for 1 minutes longer.

Using a food processor or blender, puree the soup, in batches, until smooth.
Add the cream, if desired and season with salt and pepper to taste.


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