Silky Zucchini Soup

Chef Grant Achatz makes this simple, creamy, sublimely silky zucchini soup without any cream at all.

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 4
KEY: Soup


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2/3 cup vegetable stock or low-sodium broth
  • Julienned raw zucchini, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a simmer; cook until the zucchini is very soft, about 10 minutes.

  2. Working in 2 batches, puree the soup in a blender until it's silky-smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Serve it either hot or chilled, garnished with julienned zucchini.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated overnight.

Contributed By Photo © Jonathan Lovekin Published July 2014

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 3401

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Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Katetanic

Review Body: Great job! This is a great way to eat lots of vegetables all year round!! Your recipe is so easy to follow. Your ingredients are quite simple that people usually have at home. Keep it coming. Thanks :)

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-08-18

Author Name: Ben Friedman

Review Body: Simple, easy, fast, healthy, smooth, and bland.  Toss in some fresh dill during the boil.  I tried fresh nutmeg as a garnish but that was a failure. 

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-09-23

Author Name: AshyPanteloons

Review Body: This is just another reason why I love zucchini soup so much. I just can't wait to make this! Thank you for sharing.

Date Published: 2016-08-24

Author Name: Monisha Mascarenhas

Review Body: Perfect blend of zucchini, garlic and onion. The best part is there is no dairy.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-07-20

Author Name: Annelie77

Review Body: This is the most Awesome Bowl of goodness !!! Yummy Yummy !!! I will make it again times 1 thousand !!! It first tasted like Pea Soup, My what an easy Soup made in 5 minutes that tastes so professional . Make it for your friends, and watch them Smile

Date Published: 2017-02-24

Author Name: Franzl_51

Review Body: Absolutely delicious and easy to make. One might add a few drops of Tabasco to give it the edge.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-02-04

Author Name: Tigga121

Review Body: Absolutely delicious, thanks! I may serve it with a good Fetta or goats cheese and a slice of prosciutto on dark rye bread! 😊 Ps. I used two cloves of garlic and an olive oil with garlic infused. Yum!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-02-20