Chilled Avocado Soup

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt, for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 4 firm ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Mexican sour cream or creme fraiche, whisked to soften*
  • Crostini or croutons, for serving, optional
  • *Mexican sour crema is called cream or crema acida and can be found in Latin markets
Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, chile and the garlic and cook until slightly soft, about 2 minutes.

Season with salt, to taste. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Put the avocados in a large bowl. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, cilantro, onion mixture, and water. Add, in batches, to a blender and puree until smooth, straining each batch of puree into a large bowl. Stir in the 1 teaspoon of salt and the 1 teaspoon of pepper, then cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 3 hours.

Pour the chilled soup into individual bowls. Top each serving with a drizzle of the sour cream. Serve with crostini or croutons, if desired.


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