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A Speedy Soup That Goes Right from Blender to Bowl
While most soups need to simmer for one to three hours (or more), this healthy and tasty one is ready after just 25 minutes on the stove. The recipe, from the new book, Leon Happy Soups, by Rebecca Seal and John Vincent, begins with sautéing zucchini, garlic and salt until the squash is soft. Next comes chicken, or vegetable, broth and then a smattering of fresh parsley and basil—so it has a bright, summery flavor (though these ingredients are available year-round). Whip the soup in a blender and pour it directly from the blender jar into single-serving containers and you're all set—it's delicious hot or cold.

Get the recipe: Zucchini and Green Herb Soup