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Summer Zucchini Soup Recipe

An easy and healthy creamy chilled zucchini soup recipe that is light and perfect for hot Summer days. Have a zucchini plant? Save this recipe, you’ll love it!

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To grow zucchini or not. That is the question.

I upped my herb game again this year. The usual suspects made it to my pots and planter boxes – sage, dill, tarragon, oregano. The perennials made it back – mint and thyme. I ordered some more exotic-to-me seeds like Chinese bunching onions, arugula, Chinese celery, lovage and Thai basil. Some made it, some sprouted and died.

Zucchini soup in a white bowl.

I am tinkering with the idea of growing zucchini. It’s been a few years. What I remember about my previous gardening adventures is that I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of beautiful veggies and I ended up giving a lot away and making the few zucchini dishes that I was familiar with, namely zucchini fritters and skillet-fried zucchini rounds.

This year is different. I am learning how to make amazing dishes with zucchini first and then deciding if I want to grow zucchini. I’m three recipes in on my quest and I have already decided to grow it. I just needed inspiration and some time to play with my food in the kitchen.

First up is this chilled, creamy zucchini soup. It has few ingredients, easy to make and it made the cut on taste factor. It is healthy thanks to Greek yogurt instead of cream, and lightly flavored with chicken broth, miso, mint and lemon juice. You can make this vegan by swapping out the chicken broth for veggie broth but don’t skimp on the miso if you do this. It gently kisses this recipe with umami.

How To Make This Recipe

Zucchini slices.

I used the microwave to cook the zucchini. It cooks great in the microwave due to the high water content. Simply cut zucchini cross-wise and microwave on high for 4-8 minutes or until soft.

Chopped mint.
Ingredients in a food processor.
Food processor blending.
Food.processor with zucchini
Food processor with creamy zucchini soup.
Pouring soup.

I used a small food processor so I had to blend this in batches but I’m used to this. If you have a large food processor you can probably do this all at once. You can definitely use a blender too so don’t fret if you don’t have a food processor.

Zucchini soup in a white bowl.

RESOURCES

Zucchini by Wikipedia

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Zucchini soup in a white bowl.

Summer Zucchini Soup Recipe

Yield: 6 bowls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy creamy chilled zucchini soup recipe that is light and perfect for hot Summer days. Have a zucchini plant? Save this recipe, you'll love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 lb zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
  • 3 Tbs miso paste, your choice of miso type
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tbs mint
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbs fresh lemon juice and zest from the lemon
  • 18 oz Greek yogurt
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Place zucchini in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 4-8 minutes, or until zucchini is soft.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of the broth in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and add miso paste. Dissolve the miso by cooking on high for 30-60 seconds and stirring.
  3. Add zucchini, broth, miso paste and the rest of the ingredients except the yogurt to a food processor or blender. Blend on high or until the zucchini and herbs are transformed into a thick slurry. Add the yogurt and blend until just combined. Check for seasoning and add salt if needed.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and serve.

Notes

  • You can make this vegan by substituting the broth. If you do this, make sure not to skip the miso, it will be your only source for umami, which is known as the 'fifth taste'.
  • Wait until the end to add salt. Both broth and miso have salt and you may not need to add any.
  • This soup is great with grilled cheese!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 867mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 13g

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