This soup is literally left over panzanella salad. Add all the salad ingredients to a pot. Add sufficient liquid to be able to cook/simmer the soup for 20 minutes. Puree in batches. Eat room temperature or hot. Freezes well.
There are a variety of recipes for panzanella salad, with the basic ingredients being tomatoes and slightly stale bread cubes. The recipe tasting version included summer vegetables and was dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Vegetable broth was used for the broth.
Ingredients for salad
Zucchini cut into 1 inch pieces
Tomatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
Thinly sliced red onion
Fresh corn kernels
French bread baguettes, slightly stale, cubed
Fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
Salt and coarsely ground pepper
Makes: 1¾ cups
3-5 slices bacon
2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
2 cups finely chopped red onion
⅓ cup pure Connecticut maple syrup
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 lemon (1 teaspoon zest; 1 tablespoon juice)
NOTE: Recipe can readily be doubled.
8 to 10 ounces orzo pasta
¼ cup pine nuts
6 ounces feta cheese, roughly crumbled
10 pitted Kalamata Greek olives, roughly chopped
6 ounces baby spinach, thoroughly washed
½ cup red onion, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves, shredded
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
NOTE: This dish may be served hot or room temperature.
Serves: 6 – 8 as an appetizer
1 prepared pie crust
8 ounces softened goat cheese , at room temperature
1 -8 oz. package unflavored gelatin softened in 1½ tablespoons of water
½ cup heavy cream
1 medium red onion, cut into thin wedges and oven roasted & cooled
½ cup diced tomatoes
1½ teaspoon sugar
10 to 12 fresh basil leaves, save the smallest for garnishing
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
½ teaspoon of salt
16 pitted kalamata olives, divided into 8 & 8
8 to 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh salad greens and a good Italian bread, sliced
Equipment: spring-form baking pan
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