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Vache Qui Rit (Laughing Cow) Soup

Our local supermarket recently had a special offer on the famous French Vache Qui Rit (Laughing Cow) cheese, so I bought a couple of the wheel-shaped packages. When I got home I remembered once having seen a BBC Food programme in which the chef prepared an incredibly easy zucchini soup using the cheese. Apparently, the creamy flavour of the soup, with its hint of cheese in the background, makes it a favourite among French schoolchildren. A quick Google search revealed quite a number of recipes and, to continue the French theme, this recipe is a mélange based on some of those I found. So, if you want you can go and search the Internet for yourself, or why not try the recipe below? It is, I assure you, extremely easy and extremely good. Clever French school kids…

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 medium zucchini
1 medium onion
2 -3 cloves of garlic
2 cups of stock (vegetable or chicken)
1 package Laughing Cow cheese (8 triangles)
Handful of chopped, fresh marjoram
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Crème fraiche
Chopped chives


1. Roughly chop the zucchini, onion and garlic and cook in a pan with the stock for about 10 minutes until soft. Blitz until smooth in a blender or using a hand-held blender.

2. Add the marjoram and cheese triangles and blitz again. I suggest starting with 6 triangles and adding more triangles if a stronger cheese flavour is desired.

3. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with a small dollop of crème fraiche and scattering of chopped chives.