Chilled Cucumber & Leek Soup

Serve this creamy Panamanian soup as a refreshing first course all year long. It offers a nice change from the usual gazpacho for a cold soup choice. A total of three cucumbers will be needed; two will be sliced and one will be chopped. To easily seed cucumbers, slice them in half lengthwise after peeling and use the tip of a teaspoon to gently scrape out the seeds.

Chilled Cucumber & Leek Soup
  • Prep Time
  • Cooking Time
  • Skill Level
    Intermediate
  • Makes
    6
    servings, 1 cup each

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped (save this for later)
  • 1 medium leek, washed, trimmed, halved and sliced (white part)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons MAGGI Granulated Chicken Flavor Bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or white pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Additional fresh dill (optional)

Instructions

HEAT olive oil in large, heavy-duty saucepan. Add sliced cucumbers; cook, over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add leek, dill and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until cucumbers are tender.

STIR in flour until absorbed. Add water, bouillon and pepper; simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in evaporated milk. Let stand for 30 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and remove bay leaf.

TRANSFER half of soup into blender container; cover. Hold down lid with folded towel. Blend until smooth. Pour into large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup. Cover; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Stir in chopped cucumber. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with additional fresh dill, if desired.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 7g 10%
  • Saturated Fat 3.5g 17%
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7%
  • Sodium 470mg 20%
  • Carbohydrates 12g 4%
  • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Vitamin C 10%
  • Calcium 20%
  • Iron 4%
  • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 5g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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