Cream of Zucchini Soup is creamy, silky and so flavorful, you would swear you’ve simmered this on the stove for hours – but instead, it only takes 30 minutes. Creamy Zucchini and Parmesan Soup is guilt-free without any cream!
When we I was in the third grade, we moved out to the country to a little house out in Yankton where Dad had a little hobby farm. We had chicken, ducks, a goat and of course a garden!
The garden was tilled in an area that had formerly been part of a corral. It was pretty big and we planted potatoes, corn, radishes, onions, tomatoes and zucchini. That year, and every year after, we reaped the harvest. Hard work in the spring always meant fresh vegetables all summer long and well into the fall!
My brother and I helped in the garden and learned to love fresh veggies and simple delicious food. It was a perfect place to grow up!
It always amazes me that after eating so many veggies I still love them today, but I do! Enjoying a great meal is definitely my thing and soup is my jam! What can I say? Soup is good food!
Grocery List for Zucchini Soup Recipe
- Yukon Gold potatoes
- sliced button mushrooms
- vegetable broth
- parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
This is a “souper” (get it super/souper?) easy 30-minute meal so it can be easily made when you get home from work – love that!
How do you make a creamy soup without cream?
Using yukon gold potatoes will give you a creamy texture without the fat and calories!
How to make Cream of Zucchini Soup
- Start by chopping the vegetables and sauté them for about 5 minutes or so.
- Add stock and bring to a boil.
- When the potatoes are soft, everything goes into the blender.
- Whirl it up and you’re done.
Tips to make Cream of Zucchini Soup
- Don’t use a packet of shredded cheese – purchase a wedge and shred your own.
- Don’t throw the parmesan rind away after grating the cheese. Wrap it well and toss it in the freezer. Next time you make Minestrone Soup, add it to the soup. It will give you a ton of added flavor!
- This is a great soup to make ahead and reheat, though it doesn’t freeze well.
- No need to peel the potatoes, just chop them up small and when you blend everything together it becomes silky and creamy without any cream.
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Cream of Zucchini Soup
Cream of Zucchini Soup
- 2 cups leeks sliced in half, cleaned and chopped
- 4 cups zucchini chopped
- 3 cups Yukon Gold potatoes chopped
- 1 16 oz container sliced button mushrooms
- 3-4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt add at the end of cooking and only if needed
- shredded fresh basil optional
- Start by chopping & cleaning the vegetables. Remove the dark green leaves from the top of the leeks and set aside, slice each leek in half and run them under cold water.*
- Slice the zucchini in half and slice into one-inch pieces. Chop the potatoes into small one-inch pieces - this will help them cook quickly and evenly.
- In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the butter & olive oil. Add in all of the vegetables and season with pepper & red pepper flakes.
- Sauté the veggies, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until they just begin to soften.
- Add in about 3 cups of stock - just enough to cover the vegetables. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
- Continue to boil until the potatoes are fork tender, turn off the heat. Add the parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
- Ladle into a blender in batches or use an immersion blender and process until smooth and creamy.
- Taste to adjust the seasoning. It may need salt, but because the parmesan is quite salty perhaps not - just taste and add if needed.
- Top with shredded leaves of fresh basil if desired, enjoy!
- Often times dirt & grime hides between the layers in the leek, just make sure to rinse them well to remove it.