I love all that summer has to offer. Each and every year I eagerly anticipate its arrival, joyfully settle into its long sun-kissed days, and hold it tight as it slowly tumbles into fall. And yet, I still crave a good, warm soup.
It's no secret that I am a soup-kind-of-girl.
In the cooler months, my soup pot works on overtime simmering great, hearty soups filled to the brim with lots of chunky, fresh ingredients... I can already hear them calling my name. And yet, loyal to the fleeting nature of our short-lived summers, I make a concerted effort to silence their pull for there is much to love about a great summer soup!
Summer soups, in my opinion, work beautifully if they headline a garden-fresh flavor -- whether its tomatoes or zucchini, carrots or corn -- it's all about letting that one veggie shine. And, surprisingly, most of these headliners perform equally well served up cold or warm.
This particular soup features the poblano chili, a fairly modest pepper that is at its best in summer; a relatively mild chili, yet one that still delivers a subtle little zing of spicy flavor. This is an elegant, light, creamy soup that incorporates just a hint of other summer-fresh veggies that offer a wonderful layering of flavors that make their presence known yet still allow the poblano to steal the show. It's a great soup to serve up as summer starts to ebb, letting warm days settle into cooler nights -- perfect conditions to begin with a warm soup, followed by a great salad, and then something hot off the grill.
The original inspiration for this soup came from a recipe that appeared in the Los Angeles Times newspaper over 20 years ago! Yikes! It's one of the very first clippings I ever saved so it holds a bit of a nostalgic place in my array of recipes. The fact that it's been in my repertoire this long says much about its delicious flavor. It does have a bit of a bite... though not one that's a can't-feel-my-tongue-or-taste-my-food bite. It's that great zip that makes you clear your throat, but entices you to take another spoonful... after spoonful... after spoonful. My feeling is that if you are going to have a warm starter... make it memorable!