Baby Marrow (Courgette) and Basil Soup

Always on the look out for ways to zhoosh up my veggies, especially those which I eat regularly, and thinking of satisfying soups as the cold weather approaches, I came across a pretty bland fat-free recipe for baby marrow / courgette and basil which, which lacked depth in flavor.

Testing the ingredients, which can definitely be further tweaked to appeal to various tastes, I put this together and the result was a satisfying soup .  I used home made chicken stock, added chilli for heat and home made green curry paste as a flavor enhancer.  This turned out into quite a delightfully tasty soup concoction which may be further improved by adding coconut milk if desired.  The sweetness of the basil, infused with other spices, adds a flavorsome taste to the blandness of the baby marrow.  I used small courgettes.

1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil, olive oil infusions, or macadamia nut oil
12 baby marrows, sliced
2 cups (500 ml)home made stock of choice or water
4 tbsp (60 ml) fresh leaves, torn
1 tsp (5 ml)  salt, or to taste
a pinch of cayenne pepper or freshly-ground black pepper, or to taste

roasted cumin seeds added to the oil and onion
lemon pepper to replace black pepper
green chilli / green curry paste
sweet potato
Here’s How
  • Add the, cumin seeds, onion and oil of choice in a deep pot and fry for a few minutes until soft and translucent.
  • Add in the baby marrows and stock or water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until tender.
  • Add in the sweet basil.
  • Blend the soup until smooth and add an extra cup of water if the soup is too thick. Season to taste.
  • You may also add 1 tblsp fish sauce into the soup, stirring well, at the end of cooking for extra flavouring.
  • Serve with Paleo Bread

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Prava Singh

A Mom, daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend experiencing life through an evolutionary body with a revolutionary mind... A recent past former Type 2 insulin dependent and hypertensive walking time-bomb for 13.5 years, I have made positive lifestyle changes that has aided and abetted my health status for my overall betterment. Passionate about all things food, with a proud Indian heritage, I regularly blog my culinary attempts that have worked for me in my endeavours to break the shackles of food addictions and food slavery. Passionate about people too, my decision to share these endeavours is driven by informing others that a lifestyle change through food is indeed possible. I have indeed survived high school and survived life too in the most interesting and thought-provoking ways. Having lost over 50kgs of excess weight in just under a year, I have reclaimed my life and am thoroughly enjoying the journey.

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