June 15, 2010

Once upon a time... (Creamy Avocado Soup)

Note: As of 9 May 2018, the images in this post are nowhere to be seen. I'm currently debating whether to dig around in an external hard drive to find them or to surrender them to the universe. My photography was so bad at the time that the greater forces of my blog may be trying to do me a favor.

…in a faraway land, there lived a lovely young lass. Day and night she dreamed of nothing but avocados. She ate them at almost every meal, always as a side dish or a component of a sandwich. She longed for a dish that would make avocado the star, not just a supporting player. She searched high and low, from sea to shining sea, for this magical dish yet sadly never found it. One day, just as she was sinking into the depths of despair, she happened upon a little article in “Cooking Light” magazine that would forever change her destiny. Within those hallowed pages lay a recipe so delicious, so easy, so…avocado-y that it exceeded her wildest dreams. It’s name? Avocado Soup.

In case you haven’t guessed by now, that story is about…a friend of mine. Certainly not about me. I have much better things to do with my time than obsess over avocados.
Anyway, step one in making all your fairytale dreams come true is to gather together your ingredients.

Please note: I was making a double batch at the time, so just cut the amount of everything in this photo in half. No worries though, the recipe itself has the measurements for a single batch.
Before I continue, I want you to know that I made this recipe almost entirely in reverse. You’re actually supposed to put the sour cream in last. Oops!

That being said, if you wish to follow in my foolhardy footsteps, scoop out the contents of one 8-ounce container of reduced-fat sour cream and plop it in a blender.

It will look better than this by the end. Stick with me!
Chop up some avocados…

I wuv avocados.
Then because, like me, you have a father whose favorite phrase is the same “Waste not, want not” as his frugal forefathers from the 1840s, you are forced to reserve the leftover bits from all of your avocados for his later consumption.

You’re welcome, Dad.
Toss those avocados in the blender, along with chicken broth, lime juice, cumin, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper. Cover your ears and turn on the blender to whip it all up to creamy perfection.

It’s almost ready!
Then, place it in a container and put it in the fridge for an hour or so to chill.

There ya go.
After some chillin’ ladle out a serving into the vessel of your choice and top it with some Pico de Gallo Salad (see recipe in the previous post if you’re not one of my three loyal readers).

Nom nom nom. (Remember: My vocabulary is severely reduced in the presence of something as delicious as this).
And there you have it! Simple, cool, and avocado-licious, this soup was made for summertime.

Creamy Avocado Soup
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light Magazine.

2 ripe peeled Avocados, coarsely chopped
2 cups fat-free, less sodium Chicken Broth
2 tablespoons fresh Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin (The original recipe calls for ¼ teaspoon so if you’re not a big fan of cumin use less)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 (8 oz.) carton Reduced-Fat Sour Cream
½ bunch fresh Cilantro Leaves, chopped

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Cover and chill.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with Pico de Gallo Salad (or any other sort of topping…I’m just biased) with freshly toasted tortilla strips on the side.

Here’s a little treat for all you home cooks. I find that rarely do food blogs show the wreckage that a kitchen endures after almost any sort of food preparation. So, my friends, because I can relate to whatever mess you’ve got going on in your own kitchens, here’s what my kitchen counter looked like after making a double batch of avocado soup…

I’m here for ya.


  1. Koci, Koci, Koci! Delicious. I love avocado but not quite as much as you. But this recipe is wonderful. First I ate it as soup, then just dipped tortilla chips into some leftovers, and then spooned this mixture over salads, into wraps for lunch, and slurped my way through the rest. I really enjoy your blog, the stories, the recipes, and the photos. Thank you for such good food.

  2. Hmmm, I wonder who this could be? This story seems very familiar! :D

  3. AnonymousJune 20, 2010

    This recipe is delicious!!!! It's become one of those things that I could eat every day and love it still! I tried the tortilla chip thing too and it was yummy!


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