3 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil, or a combination
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 medium potato, preferably high-starch (russet or baking), peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or a pinch of dried thyme
Salt and black pepper
4 medium zucchini, trimmed and diced
2 medium ripe (but still firm) pears, peeled, cored and diced
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock, or use water
Mint leaves for garnish (optional)
1. Put butter, oil or combination in a large skillet over medium heat; when butter melts or oil is hot, cook carrot, onion, potato and thyme with a healthy sprinkling of salt and pepper. Stir occasionally, adjusting heat so vegetables do not brown. When onion is softened, about 5 minutes, add zucchini and continue to cook until everything is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Add pear and cook until it has softened, about 5 minutes more. Add liquida nd bring to a boil; taste and adjust seasoning. Cool mixture, then purée. Serve cold or reheat and serve hot, garnished with mint, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
From: NYT, 10/03/07 via Courtney Walsh