Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Total Time
45 Mins
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. 

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Chef's Notes

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

Ratings & Reviews

itravel's Review

February 07, 2014
Yikes! People either love this soup or hate it. I thought it was interesting and would be very nice as a course for a dinner party. It hasn't any substance as a meal by itself because much of the fiber is discarded. I cut back a little on the broth as someone said it was watery. It is a thin soup. Instead of chili powder I used bottled hot sauce. With a dollop of creme fraiche it looks stunning and guests will be impressed. Tasty! Bring on the next course!

zep683's Review

September 17, 2013
I agree with Kayla, very blah. I needed to add garlic, salt, more herbs to make it palatable, otherwise it was just watery tasting.

MaraJL's Review

August 13, 2013
This was fantastic! I substituted the chicken stock for vegetarian stock and added less stock than the recipe called for. The soup turned out more like a bisque. It was quite creamy and delicious!

LadyMoonglo's Review

October 22, 2012

KaylaD's Review

August 01, 2011
This was very disappointing, very blah. Edible, but nothing to repeat. Maybe try pureeing with fresh basil rather than wilted? Add more salt? Garnish with more sour cream?

AuntRosie's Review

August 19, 2010
I had a huge zucchini my neighbor gave me from their garden and didn't know what to do with it so I tried this recipe. The only thing I did different was not to put the soup through a strainer. The soup was so good I wanted to lick the bowl! Very refreshing and light - loved it!