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Tomatillo-Zucchini Soup (M/P, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: 4 as dinner or 6 as appetizer

1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped coarsely
6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
2 small green or red (or combination) peppers, seeded & chopped coarsely
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, chopped coarsely
10-12 small tomatillos, peeled and chopped or cut into wedges
5-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1-2 tablespoons lime juice
2 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, whole for garnish

optional sides with the pareve version:
shredded Mexican style cheeses
sour cream
corn tortillas

Preheat soup pot. When hot, add oil, then onion, then garlic, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until onion is soft.

Add peppers and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add zucchini and tomatillos and continue to cook, stirring, until coated and heated through. Add broth and chopped cilantro and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until zucchini is soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool some. When it is cool enough, puree the soup in a food processor or blender (you may have to do this in batches.)

Return to low heat, stir in lime juice and tortilla strips. Bring soup back to hot over low heat. Serve with optional sides if desired.

People who don't or can't eat peppers can leave them out. I find tomatillo tastes a little peppery, so the flavor will still be there, just less pronounced. Make up for the missing bulk with more tomatillos. Those who really like hot peppers can use one or two chili peppers in place of one of the green peppers. Billy, who dislikes cilantro, asked me to make it next time with fresh oregano instead and that sounds like it'd work as well.

Poster's Notes:
My husband is not only growing kohlrabi and greens, he's growing tomatillos, another thing I've never eaten or cooked with before. And, of course, we have more zucchini than we could hope to use up in a year! So I came up with this soup. He and I both liked it a lot and ate two helpings. Billy (my stepson) is a picky eater, but at least he tried it and came up with a way to try to make it something he'd like. I don't list salt and pepper in the ingredients because all of my broths (even the vegetable broth) are premade and very salty. Of course you may add salt and pepper to taste....

Posted by Gypsy/Phyllis Wilson

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A