Creamy Zucchini Cheese Soup

Zucchini are still growing in my garden! Baby ones and blossoms too. Late bloomers.  Not that I mind one single bit. Zucchini has a permanent place in my life all year long.

Yep, I’m the person buying those sorry looking zucchini in the middle of winter that were trucked in from who knows where. If you see me cooing to them in the produce aisle, say hi.

Pureed zucchini and vegetable broth form the base of this soup along with onion, garlic, celery and carrot to boost up the flavor. Shredded zucchini is thrown in at the end to give the soup some texture along with cheese.

I intended to use Swiss cheese but my Parmesan-loving heart begged me not to. Use whatever suits your fancy including cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack to spice it up, and even goat or feta cheese.

For an added touch of richness stir in some half & half or heavy cream at the end, although honest to goodness it doesn’t need it. I skipped it.  The cheese adds enough richness and the pureed zucchini is plenty thick enough.

Creamy Zucchini Cheese Soup

Creamy Zucchini Cheese Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Zucchini Cheese Soup

A creamy zucchini soup with a touch of cheese!

INGREDIENTS:

olive oil, for sauteing
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme or basil
sea salt and fresh black pepper
2 large zucchini
3 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or 1 cup Cheddar, Swiss or Pepperjack, shredded
1/2 cup half & half or heavy cream, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large sauce pan heat a few tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, carrot and celery, saute until tender 5-10 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, saute until fragrant, add thyme and season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile peel and dice 1 and 1/2 of the zucchini (about 5 cups), shred the remaining half on the large holes of a box grater (about 1 and 1/2 cups shredded) and set aside. Add diced zucchini to the pan and toss well, cook 2 to 3 minutes, add broth, bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat, puree soup using an immersion blender or carefully transfer to a stand blender. Hold a dish towel over the lid before turning on so the steam doesn't blow the top off and splash hot soup everywhere! Puree in batches until smooth.
  4. Add pureed soup back to pan along with the shredded zucchini, cheese and half & half. Bring to a simmer 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Comments

  1. Tomatokumato.com says

    I used to be that cooing zucchini person as well. I’ve been trying really hard to eat local, though, so this is the end of the zucchini line for me. Maybe I’ll try the same soup with broccoli?

  2. Andrea G. says

    Ok, I made the soup last night and it was incredible! I had two bowls and my husband had three! I didn't have vegetable broth so I used chicken broth. I also didn't have a carrot so I left it out. I left out the cream also and it definitely didn't need it. Thank you so much! Love it!! I am going to put it on my blog with a link back to yours!

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