Hello, friends. I’d like to discuss Creamy Cucumber Soup.
I was thinking about you earlier. I think about you all the time these days. Today I was thinking about you in connection with cucumbers, and I suspect that when you think about cucumbers, creamy is not often the first adjective that pops into your head. Cucumbers likely don’t conjure up images of soup either. I do try and keep things interesting for you. I made you more soup – Cucumber Soup. Cucumber soup that is decidedly creamy. I think you’ll like it. I really hope you do. I think it might even make you see cucumbers in a whole new light.
I blame this entire cucumber soup idea on my mother. I have slurped down hundreds of gallons of cucumber soup in my life – all of it while sitting at my parents dining room table in England, and all of it made with cucumbers grown in my father’s greenhouse. My father was the Cucumber King, back in the day, and my mother couldn’t keep up with the supply, despite my eating the things as if they were dark green, ridiculously juicy, elongated apples. Her solution to the vast over-population of cucumbers threatening to bury her alive in our kitchen, was soup. Soup, soup, soup. At any given point in time there were an untold number of Tupperware containers stacked in the freezer housing nothing more than cucumber soup. She used the same recipe every time. Unwavering was she in her use of the cucumber. It’s a darn good thing we all liked her cucumber soup as is.
By all rights I should be able to recite the recipe in my sleep, when in reality, I have no idea how she made it. I just know she made an awful lot of it.
So this…this is not my mother’s cucumber soup. This is an altogether more complex, more creamy, more Carrie cucumber soup.
I tossed in a few things in the Creamy Cucumber Soup that you maybe aren’t expecting. I wasn’t really expecting them, either. They just came to me – one as I was wandering around the grocery store and the others I just made up when I got back to the Life in the Sane Lane kitchen. It’s amazing how much inspiration I get in grocery stores these days. Give me 10 minutes wandering a produce department and my mind goes nuts.
I think you’ll be really surprised by how fantastical a cucumber can taste. Throw away all thoughts of crisp, watery and cold. Think smooth, warm, creamy and even slightly sweet. Instead of boycotting the lovely cucumber until summer rolls back around, invite her in for the winter. Although, if you’re somewhere warm right now, make this, then chill it and enjoy it cold. Either way, hot or cold, you can now get some cucumbery goodness inside you without having to eat a salad.
Creamy Cucumber Soup
Author: Carrie Brown | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 15 mins | Total time: 25 mins | Serves: 4 – 6
What You Need
- 2 TBSP coconut oil or avocado oil
- 5 oz. / 140g onion, chopped
- 2 ½ lb / 1120g English cucumbers, chopped
- 1 ½ cups / 12 fl oz. unsweetened thin coconut milk (in a carton)
- 3 tsp sea salt
- ½ cup chopped fresh chives
- 2 small avocados, skin and pits removed
- 2 TBSP heavy cream (double cream)
- 1 TBSP white wine
- Chopped green onions (scallions) for garnish
What You Do
- In a large stock pot, sauté the onions in the oil until transparent.
- Add the chopped cucumbers, coconut milk and salt, and cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat until cucumber is tender.
- In batches, carefully transfer the cucumber and milk to a blender and blend on high until very smooth.
- To the last batch, add the chives, avocado flesh, cream and white wine.
- Blend until completely incorporated and very smooth.
- Pour all batches of soup back into the stock pot and stir well.
- Gently re-warm if necessary.
- Serve and garnish with fresh chopped green onions (scallions) and cream.
Top Recipe Tips
- Save time (and tears!) by buying onions pre-chopped.
- English cucumbers are seedless and the skin is not bitter so you don’t have to peel them, nor remove the seeds. Yay!
- Swap thin coconut milk with almond milk.
- For dairy-free use thick coconut milk instead of cream.
- Save $$ by use cooking wine or a cheap drinking wine, not your best bottle from the cellar.
- Check out the Ingredients Guide for information on ingredients.
- Where Are The Macros and Nutritional Info?
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