Summer lends an abundance of fresh produce, allowing us to indulge in nature’s finest ingredients. The Finns especially take advantage of this with only three short months of summer to enjoy. I came across a refreshing Finnish summer soup recipe on the Kitchn, which calls for a variety of veggies. This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for a family picnic or just a lazy Saturday at a lakeside cottage. Hyvää ruokahalua (Good appetite)!
Kesäkeitto (Finnish Summer Soup)
2 cups water
6 small potatoes, peeled and halved (you can use any potato here – I prefer red-skinned, Yukon Golds, or Fingerlings)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
6 to 8 small boiling onions
3 carrots, cut into bite-size rounds
3/4 lb. fresh green beans, cut into bite-size pieces about half an inch long
2 cups frozen green peas
1 cup cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
1 pint (2 cups) half and half
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
Optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh dill, or thinly sliced radish
Optional vegetables to substitute, if you desire:
Spring onions, cut in bite-size pieces
1 leek, cut into thick bite-sized rounds
1 parsnip, cut into thick bite-sized rounds
Add the water to a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add the potatoes, and replace lid. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, butter, onions, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, and any other vegetables you are planning to add. (Since the peas are delicate, these are added last.) Simmer for 8 more minutes. Add the peas and cook for a minute or two. Sprinkle the flour on the vegetables and stir; add the cream and stir to mix. Simmer until the cream thickens, about 5 minutes.
Serve in bowls with a sprinkling of parsley, dill, or sliced radishes.
And why not up the Finnish quotient by dressing yourself and the soup in Marimekko?
1. This Kompotti pot holder will come in handy while you’re handling the hot soup pot. $14
2. Protect your clothing from splatters and spills with this chic Unikko apron. $45
3. Impress your guests (or just yourself) by serving your delicious soup in the Rasymatto bowl. $29.50
4. Chop your veggies in style on this ultra-mod Lokki chopping board. $52