Chilled Blueberry Lemon Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | August 6th, 2019 | Recipes, Soups & Stews
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Chilled Blueberry Lemon Soup

A light & refreshing soup perfect for summer
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: blueberries, chilled soup, summer cooking
Servings: 2
Author: Michele Pesula Kuegler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 4 lemon slices rind on
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 3 Tb. sugar
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Combine blueberries, lemon, water, wine, and sugar in a medium pot.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, covered.
  • Remove lemon slices; transfer soup to blender.
  • Remove center piece of blender, and place a towel over the opening; puree until smooth.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and cover.
  • Chill soup for 2 hours.
  • Add yogurt, whisking to combine.

Notes

Use caution when blending hot liquids.

Here it is early August, and I haven’t made a chilled soup yet this summer. I guess my excuse is that I haven’t had a night alone. However, I’m considering making one in the next week or so. My family can join me in it or leave the leftovers for my lunch. I’m fine with either option. Plus, a soup like this is never served on its own, it’s way too light. So, whatever I serve with it can act as the entire meal for them. Ta-da! Happiness for all.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in July 2017, keep reading.

Although I love my friends and family dearly, sometimes I look forward to an evening alone. It’s a night where my cooking focuses on my palate alone, which isn’t something I do all that often. Add to that reading a great book, binge watching a cooking show, or combining both, and it’s a fabulous evening for me.

On a recent weeknight both my husband and daughter were away due to work. In the midst of a heatwave, I immediately knew what part of my meal would be- a chilled, fruit soup. Neither my husband nor daughter is a fan of this type of soup, but I personally adore it. What’s not to like about a soup that is refreshing and silky smooth?

I’ve made several different chilled soups over the past few years. With fresh fruits readily available, it’s easy to create many different versions. Start with the fruit of your choice, add an additional ingredient as seasoning, pick a liquid to thin the soup, and finish with Greek yogurt to deliver creaminess. The configurations are almost unlimited.

For seasonings there are many directions you can go. Work with your spice rack: cinnamon, nutmeg, or chili powder. Use your crisper bins: lemon zest, lime zest, or fresh ginger. And those are just my initial suggestions. As for liquids, let your imagination lead the way. Whether you want to add some red or white wine, fruit juice, or cider, you have almost unlimited options.

This soup works as a lovely side dish or first course. It’s a delightful way to cool off after a long, hot day. Paired with a summery sandwich (a chicken salad wrap is my sandwich of choice), it is one of my quintessential summer meals.

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