Recipe: Zucchini Potato Soup

by Lili Patch 06/24/2020

Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Looking for a soup for all seasons? Let Zucchini Potato Soup fill the bill. It's low-fat and light yet filling. It's power-packed with nutritious goodness, and enhanced with the perfect blend of spices and herbs.

This recipe serves a party of 6 or more. If you have a food processor or a blender, you can make it. Here's how.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

To create a robust soup base, you will need:

  • 5 medium-sized zucchini squashes
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 white or yellow onions
  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil, torn or chopped 
  • 2 Tbsp. tarragon and a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Organic, cold-pressed olive oil
  • A clove of garlic, chopped
  • Pepper and salt
  • Step 2. Prepare the Vegetable Broth 

    Wash and coarsely chop your zucchini squashes, potatoes, carrots and onions. There is no need to peel the potatoes unless you prefer doing so. Sauté these vegetables together with a generous dash of your best olive oil, or heat them up in a non-stick pot if you'd prefer to go oil-free. As your vegetables become just slightly browned, add the parsley, pepper and salt.

    Add enough water to cover these ingredients and create a savory broth.

    Cover the pot.

    Allow broth to simmer for 25 minutes. 

    Drain, while reserving the broth.

    Step 3. Prepare the Hearty Soup

    Sauté the chopped clove of garlic in a pan lightly lined with olive oil until the garlic is golden brown. Add the zucchini-carrot-potato mix. Toss in the chopped basil and tarragon.

    Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste. 

    Stir well.

    Blend reserved vegetable broth into the soup.

    Step 3. Simmer and Cool

    Allow soup to simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. 

    Let the soup cool down. Pour just over half of the cooled soup into a food processor and purée the mix.

    Pro tip: Why cool the soup before pouring it into a food processor or blender? Steam can quickly rise out of hot mixes and fill up the machine, splatter out and cause burns. Plus, pouring anything super hot into machines with plastic parts just isn't an appealing idea, even if the machine parts are all food-safe. So, if you want to speed the cooling process, use ice and a large spaghetti strainer and pour the mix through it.

    Step 4. Heat and Serve

    Add the puréed part of the mix back into the pot with the rest of the soup.

    Heat and stir for 3 minutes.

    Serve hot. This soup goes well with a fluffy bowl of couscous, rustic rolls or homemade bread.

    About the Author
    Author

    Lili Patch

    Radio Personality turned Realtor; I welcome the opportunity to turn house selling and house hunting into a fun and educated experience. House buying should feel like you're shopping with a friend, and I will keep you in the loop the entire time so you will not be wondering what you just signed or what happens next. It's that seamless, and we may even have lunch or dinner. I do this because when I started my real estate journey on the east coast, buying my first condo at the age of 18, I was clueless. I wished I had someone who had made that a stress free transaction- but it wasn't, and thats how I got the Real Estate bug. Let's take a step back first though to my first "job", I studied communications and entered the broadcasting industry. Through the years I purchased some more properties, and felt there was a gap that needed to be filled in the Real Estate profession. I set the bar very high on skill set & customer service. I have Real Estate Licenses in 4 states, which means I have more education, and training than most agents. My level of knowledge, strategy and experience is what sets me apart. I know how important being an astute negotiator is, being relentless, and answering the phone when it rings. I have earned certifications as a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), a Certified Home Marketing specialist (CHMS), and a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA).

    Meeting with people and traveling both east coast and west coast has given me a broad appreciation of the different laws, protections, and scenario's you encounter in real estate. Having the benefit of my communication background coupled with the vast knowledge of multi-state experience has been the backbone of my success.