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Creamy Basil Zucchini Soup

Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
This creamy zucchini soup is a wonderful way to prepare summer's most bountiful squash - zucchini.  The flavors of fresh basil, chili powder, and yellow onion pair well with the zucchini.  Serve with thick baguette slices and fresh sliced tomatoes for a simple, satisfying meal. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds zucchini, sliced 1/4 in. thick
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium or homemade chicken broth
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, washed and stemmed, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche (see Notes), plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 101
  • caloriesfromfat 45 %
  • protein 5.5 g
  • fat 5 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 2.5 g
  • sodium 440 mg
  • cholesterol 4.7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook another 2 minutes; then add chicken broth and 1 cup basil leaves. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 20 minutes.

  2. Purée the soup in batches in a blender. Pour the soup through a strainer into a bowl, using a ladle to push any solid bits through. Add 2 tbsp. crème fraîche and 1/4 tsp. chili powder. Season with salt to taste.

  3. Divide soup among bowls and garnish each with some crème fraîche, a sprinkle of chili powder, and a few basil leaves.

  4. The Twist: Dress It Up. We love the simplicity of this soothing, mild soup, but to make it a little fancier, skip garnishing the soup with crème fraîche, chili powder, and basil in step 3, and instead halve 1 roasted red bell pepper, removing seeds and stem. Slice half into ribbons. Put the other half in a blender and purée with 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream. Strain into a bowl, then drizzle over soup. Top with bell pepper ribbons and toasted pine nuts.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Cook's Notes

If you can't find crème fraîche, just use sour cream.