Chilled Marrow Soup

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

  • About

Marrow soup should have a pleasant taste, so avoid buying marrows that are too large – apart from the surplus of seeds in the centre, the flesh definitely lacks flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized marrow
  • 40 g/ oz butter
  • salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 3 dl/½ pint milk
  • 6 dl/1 pint chicken stock
  • 1 level tablespoon flour

    Method

    Peel the marrow and cut in half lengthways. Scoop out centre seeds, cut the marrow flesh into chunks and place in a saucepan. Cover with cold salted water and bring to the boil. Draw the pan off the heat and drain the marrow flesh. This initial blanching helps to preserve any natural green colour in the marrow flesh.

    Melt 25 g (1 oz) of the butter in a large saucepan, add the marrow flesh and a good seasoning of salt and freshly milled pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer very gently for about 10–15 minutes or until the marrow is quite tender. Stir in the milk and chicken stock and bring up to the boil. Draw the pan off the heat and rub the marrow and liquid through a sieve or use a blender to make a purée. Return the purée to the pan and reheat gently.

    Cream the remaining butter with the flour to make a beurre manié. Add in pieces to the hot soup and stir until the small lumps of mixture have melted into the soup. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Simmer for 1 minute, then draw the pan off the heat. Cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin forming, then chill until ready to serve.