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Chunky Zucchini Soup – Connoisseurus Veg

Got zucchini to use up? Make this zucchini soup! It’s full of flavor, and packed with chunks of zucchini, carrots, white beans and spinach.

Bowl of Zucchini Soup with Spoon

There are lots of zucchini soup recipes out there, but I’m here to tell you that you should really just make mine.

Why? Most zucchini soup recipes are blended. That’s fine and all, but I personally think zucchini is better chunky, so that’s how I made my soup. This soup is brothy with big chunks of zucchini, carrots, beans, spinach, basil, and a touch of lemon. It’s light and simple and perfect for summer.

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What You’ll Need

Pot of Zucchini Soup with a Wooden Spoon
  • Olive oil. Feel free to substitute any high heat oil, although olive will give you the best flavor.
  • Onion.
  • Carrots.
  • Celery.
  • Garlic.
  • Vegetable broth. I like Better Than Bouillon in Roasted Vegetable Flavor.
  • Cannellini beans. You can substitute just about any variety of canned beans if you’d like. Kidney beans or chickpeas would work really well.
  • Red pepper flakes. You can omit these for a milder version, or increase the amount for an extra spicy soup.
  • Zucchini. Yellow summer squash works in this soup too. It won’t be zucchini soup, but it will still be delicious.
  • Baby spinach. The recipe calls for fresh spinach, but I can’t see why frozen wouldn’t work. I recommend thawing it out first if you go this route.
  • Lemon juice. Use freshly squeezed for the best flavor.
  • Fresh basil.
  • Salt and pepper.

How to Make Zucchini Soup

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll down to skip right to the recipe!

  • Heat up some oil in a large pot, then add diced onion, carrots and celery. Sweat the veggies for about 10 minutes, until they begin to soften up.
  • Add minced garlic and cook it with your veggies for about a minute, until it becomes very fragrant.
  • Add broth, cannellini beans, and red pepper flakes.
  • Crank up the heat and bring the broth to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, until the carrots are tender.
Collage Showing First 4 Steps of Making Zucchini Soup: Sweat Veggies, Add Garlic, Add Broth and Beans, and Simmer
  • Sir in some chopped zucchini and let the soup continue simmering for about 5 minutes more. You want the zucchini to be tender, but be careful not to overcook it to the point that it becomes mushy.
  • Stir in the spinach and cook the soup for just a minute or two more, until it completely wilts.
Collage Showing Last Two Steps for Making Zucchini Soup: Add Zucchini and Add Spinach
  • Take your soup off of the burner and stir in some lemon juice and fresh basil. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle your soup into bowls and dig in! I like to top mine with a sprinkle of vegan Parmesan cheese.
Bowl of Zucchini Soup with Baguette and Lemon Wedges in the Background

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover soup will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 4 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months.

Frequently Asked Quesions

Is this soup gluten-free?

It is!

Can I make this soup with summer squash instead of zucchini?

Absolutely! Summer squash can be substituted directly.

Does zucchini need to be peeled?

Nope! The peel is totally edible and will soften up while your soup cooks.

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Bowl of Zucchini Soup on a White Wooden Surface

Chunky Zucchini Soup

Got zucchini to use up? Make this zucchini soup! It’s full of flavor, and packed with chunks of zucchini, carrots, white beans and spinach.

Ingredients

  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 1
    medium onion,
    diced
  • 1
    medium carrot,
    diced
  • 2
    medium celery stalks,
    diced
  • 3
    garlic cloves,
    minced
  • 5
    cups
    vegetable broth
  • 1
    (14 ounce or 400 gram) can
    cannellini beans,
    drained and rinsed
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    red pepper flakes,
    or taste
  • 1
    pound
    zucchini,
    quartered and sliced (about 3 medium zucchini)
  • 2
    ounces
    baby spinach
  • ½
    cup
    fresh basil leaves,
    roughly chopped
  • 2
    tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper,
    to taste

Instructions

  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then add the onion, carrot and celery. Sweat the veggies for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften up.

  3. Stir in the garlic and cook it with the veggies for about 1 minute, until it becomes very fragrant.

  4. Stir in the broth, beans, and red pepper flakes. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil.

  5. Lower the heat and allow the soup to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the carrots are tender.

  6. Stir in the zucchini and continue simmering for about 5 minutes, until the zucchini is tender but not mushy.

  7. Stir in the spinach and continue simmering for about 1 minute, until fully wilted.

  8. Remove the pot from heat, then stir in the basil and lemon juice. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.

  9. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Chunky Zucchini Soup

Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)

Calories 162
Calories from Fat 23

% Daily Value*

Fat 2.6g4%

Saturated Fat 0.4g2%

Sodium 795mg33%

Potassium 628mg18%

Carbohydrates 25.6g9%

Fiber 8g32%

Sugar 6.1g7%

Protein 8.7g17%

Calcium 120mg12%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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