Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Zucchini & Basil Soup

Monday, May 3, 2010

Zucchini & Basil Soup

I was browsing through recipes on Epicurious this past weekend, not sure what I was even in the mood for, when I came across this recipe for zucchini soup. To me it sounded healthy and delicious and I was smitten. This was probably one of the easiest soups I've ever made and yet it presented very elegantly. I would highly recommend this soup especially if you are trying to impress someone.

Zucchini-Basil Soup

July 2008

2 pounds zucchini, trimmed and cut crosswise into thirds
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups water, divided
1/3 cup packed basil leaves

Julienne skin (only) from half of zucchini with slicer; toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and drain in a sieve until wilted, at least 20 minutes.

Coarsely chop remaining zucchini.

Cook onion and garlic in oil in a 3- to 4-quarts heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add chopped zucchini and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water and simmer, partially covered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Purée soup with basil in 2 batches in a blender

Bring remaining cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and blanch julienned zucchini 1 minute.

Drain in a sieve set over a bowl (use liquid to thin soup if necessary).

Season soup with salt and pepper.
Serve in shallow bowls with julienned zucchini mounded on top.


  1. This soup sounds like summer to me. And right now, that is exactly what I want to hear.

  2. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. This soup sounds healthy and very tasty.

  3. It won't be long before NJ is overrun with zucchinis! I will be trying this soup. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I agree with Joanne. This soup definitely sounds and reminds me of summer. Plus, I love the combo of zucchini with basil. Definitely a winner.

  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog. This is a great soup. And what I love about it is that there's no butter or cream! That's just me healthy eating preference :) My friend made a good zucchini soup once, and it was good, but she made the mistake of telling my how many sticks of butter she used for it! Hint: not one!

  6. Oh, and I love how you like to find non-mainstream stores and restaurants. I'm getting sick of all those chair restaurants! need to find the local food where ever I go...It can be frustrating when your friends don't share your love of good food, but I'm sure they appreciate it when you have them over :)

  7. The zucchini soup sounds so healthy and looks delicious!

  8. This sounds like a great idea when there are zucchinis everywhere! :D Thanks for sharing!

  9. I just got a slew of green and yellow zucchini without an idea of what I was going to do with them...this recipe is exactly what they need! Thanks for sharing it. :)