sweet corn & peach soup

my coworker sent me this recipe just in time for our iron chef: battle peach.

i found it oddly intriguing.

it was a vegan recipe to begin with, sweet corn, peaches, fresh basil…all the fresh flavors of summer cooked together with almond milk {i’m sure regular milk would be fine, but the husband seems to be lactose intolerant, so we went with it}, onion & miso paste.  well, we couldn’t find miso paste & i was a little concerned that, with all the other ingredients in mind, the soup would taste a little too sweet, so we did what any other rational people would do…

…we added bacon.

it was totally a good decision.

the bacon & it’s delicious fat gave the corn & peaches the depth & saltiness they needed to really shine & maybe miso could have provided it, but…bacon.

SWEET CORN & PEACH SOUP

makes 8 servings

6 ears sweet corn
1/4lb bacon, diced
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
pinch of cayenne
3 large peaches, peeled, pitted & diced
1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
kosher salt, to taste
12 basil leaves, julienned

with a large, sharp knife, cut the kernels from the corn cobs.  set aside both the kernels & the cobs.

in a dutch oven, or heavy bottomed pot, cook diced bacon over medium heat until brown & crispy.  remove with a slotted spoon  let drain on a paper towel lined plate.  add the onions & garlic & cook just until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

add the corn kernels, corn cobs, veggie broth, water, cayenne & peaches.  turn the heat to high, bring to a boil & reduce to a simmer.  simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, until corn & peaches are very tender.

once the corn & peaches are tender, remove the corn cobs & discard.  using a blender, puree half of the soup, being very careful to let the steam escape (keep the lid just barely cracked).  pour back in the pot, add the almond milk & reheat over medium heat.  do not boil.  season with salt, if necessary.

to serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls.  top with diced peach, julienned basil leaves & diced bacon.  enjoy!

adapted from whole foods

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One Response to sweet corn & peach soup

  1. Kate says:

    YUM! I wouldn’t think to put corn and peaches together –like the audible on the bacon (esp since it is a vegan recipe). Nice call 🙂 We are definitely making this soup this weekend!

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