Cream of Cucumber Soup (Potage Aux Concombres)

Cream of Cucumber Soup (Potage Aux Concombres)
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Cream of Cucumber Soup

The only thing to say about this soup is that it is perfectly delicious; it is especially good cold, but then it is also especially good hot. 

Notes

Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2 by Julia Child (Alfred A. Knopf, 1970)

Directions

Peel the cucumbers. Cut 18-24 paper-thin slices and reserve in a bowl for later. Cut the rest of the cucumbers into ½-inch chunks; you will have about 4½ cups. 

Cook the shallots slowly in the butter for several minutes until tender but not browned. Add the cucumber chunks, chicken broth, vinegar, and herbs. Bring to a boil, then stir in the farina. Simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes. Purée in a blender and then return the soup to the pan. Thin out with the extra chicken stock if necessary, and season with salt and white pepper to taste. 

Just before serving, beat in ½ cup of the sour cream. Ladle the soup into soup bowls and place a dollop of the leftover sour cream on top of each. Float slices of cucumber on top of the cream, and decorate with a sprinkling of herbs. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

1313 kcal

Daily value:

66%

Servings:

4
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 64 g
  • Protein 14 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 119 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 435 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 96 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 1 µg
  • Vitamin B-6 1 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 12 mg
  • Vitamin D 22 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 33 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 208 µg
  • Ash 11 g
  • Calcium, Ca 281 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 7 µg
  • Carotene, beta 48 µg
  • Cholesterol 129 mg
  • Choline, total 38 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 15 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 56 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 37 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 16 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 6 g
  • Fluoride, F 17 µg
  • Folate, DFE 64 µg
  • Folate, food 42 µg
  • Folate, total 55 µg
  • Folic acid 13 µg
  • Fructose 2 g
  • Galactose 1 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 2 g
  • Glutamic acid 2 g
  • Iron, Fe 8 mg
  • Lactose 2 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 26 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 72 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Niacin 4 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 2 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 298 mg
  • Phytosterols 8 mg
  • Potassium, K 868 mg
  • Proline 1 g
  • Retinol 89 µg
  • Selenium, Se 20 µg
  • Sodium, Na 3059 mg
  • Starch 25 g
  • Sucrose 13 g
  • Sugars, total 28 g
  • Tocopherol, delta 6 mg
  • Tocopherol, gamma 35 mg
  • Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 1 µg
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1 µg
  • Water 246 g
  • Zinc, Zn 2 mg
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