Soups and Salads — By Ben on 16 January 2009
Chayote and poblano soup

chayote_poblano

Brrrrr! It is cold today. The thermometer read -11ºF (around -23ºC) when we woke up this morning. That is cold. But I don’t mind it. Even though I like every season of the year winter is still my favorite. What’s not to love? Cold and short days to snuggle, watch movies or read a good book next to a fireplace while the snow covers the world with a white cold blanket. Oh so beautiful!

Anyway, this time of the year calls for a lot of comfort food and what is more comforting than a bowl of soup? Yesterday I made this soup with two ingredients that I have presented to you before on this blog, chayotes:

and poblano peppers:

Chayote and roasted poblano soup
Makes 4 servings

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 chayotes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large poblano pepper, roasted and cleaned (click here for a video on how to roast peppers)
  • 1/2 onion
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • oregano
  • parsley flakes
  • cream, green onions and queso fresco for garnish

Note: I don’t include the amounts for spices because they should be used according to taste.

Preparation:

  1. Clean chayotes (click here for a video on how to prepare chayotes) and boil them in chicken broth until tender.
  2. Blend chayotes, poblano pepper, onion and cilantro with about 1 cup of the chicken broth until smooth.
  3. Return to the pot with the rest of the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to slow, add seasoning and spices and cover.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the soup thickens. Stir constantly.
  5. Serve and garnish with cream, green onions and queso fresco.
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There you have it, a spicy soup that will bring you back to life in this freezing weather.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(27) Readers Comments

  1. I’ve never heard of chayote before and it’s great that you had the pictures as well and the video. With all these lovely ingredients this is definitely a soup I would like.

  2. Ben – that’s a very nice soup. And pretty too! I imagine the addition of the pepper gives the soup another level of flavor.

  3. Whenever I see chayotes in my local market (which is not often, believe me), I want to make things that I can freeze and save for the times when chayotes are nowhere to be found. Any idea if this soup would freeze well?

  4. I almost feel sorry for you with -11. Come to Canada – we invented cold. Pass the soup – we’re really freezing over here ;)

  5. Ben! That looks wonderful, and your photos are stellar as always!

  6. I always wonder what to do with chayote… they look like grumpy old women on store shelves :)

  7. I never know what to do with those when I see them in the store–what a great idea!

  8. I buy chayotes but I never know what to do with them. I give up and ask my mother to just stirfry them. This gives me a new idea. Thanks!

    • Chayote is so bland it will go with almost anything. We have plenty of the here in the panama mountains. A quick salad is chayote, onion, tomato with mayo. A GOOGLE search will give you plenty of recipes.

      PANAMABOB

  9. I love soups Ben! And I love to listen to you talking about winter :D. You DO love it!!!! I like it but not as much…
    When I lived with my parents, during winter days, we would always have a bowl of soup for dinner.
    I don’t find chayotes here… is it similar to a zuchinni?

  10. Made this as the soup dish for a dinner we had with some friends of ours. They all loved it! Thanks!

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