I just made the soup and used some chicken base in place of the chicken broth. Used an immersion blender instead of a regular one to blend the soup. Added about 1 tbl. of minced garlic and the flavors blended nicely.
This is really simple to make and very tasty! I did not use water to cook the zukes, but used chicken broth, which gave it extra flavor. I added all of the cooking liquid to the blender and only added another 1/2 cup additional broth. I might add more cilantro next time since we really like that flavor.
After reading reviews, I did make a few changes. I grated my zucchini and cooked it in chicken broth - about half of the amount of original cooking water. I think this is pretty important - when you cook a mild veggie in water and then throw away half of the water... much better to keep all the flavor. I did not puree anything, used regular milk instead of evaporated milk (like the flavor better), using a little extra flour to make up for it in thickness. Minced in a bit of garlic along with the onion, and also added a splash of balsamic vinegar. After taking it off the heat, I also melted in about an ounce of shredded cheddar cheese. Made for a very nice lunch. Thanks for the base recipe!
This soup is bland. I couldn't even bring myself to put an exclamation point behind the word "bland," that's how bland it is. I followed the recipe to the letter and am in the process of trying to save it. I've added kosher salt, habanero seasoning, chili powder, celery salt...nothing. I had some chicken breast that I had marinated in olive oil and lemon juice, chopped it up and threw it in. Waa waa. I just added a bag of corn and may chop up a pepper and add it. It's one potato away from turning into a chowder. It will turn out fine eventually; maybe the problem is that I was expecting flavor from zucchini and was enthused about the ingredients.
I made this exactly as posted, and the end result was a mildly flavored cream soup. I definitely agree that this would make a wonderful base for a heartier soup or chowder by the addition of some chunky vegetables and meat. It is also would make a nice side cup of soup to a grilled cheese or other type of sandwich, but is not very filling on its own. It's a great way to use up your zucchini bounty in a new and different way. Made for ZWT 8.
This is such a nice and easy soup, a great way to use up summer's bounty of zucchini. I used fat free evaporated milk and low sodium chicken broth, and added some pepper rather than salt at the end. The soup was mildly flavored, so it paired beautifully with the fiery Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich for a lovely supper. Next time I think I will add a bit of garlic with the onion. Thanks for sharing! ZWT8
Made for Spring 2009 PAC and will be making again!!! I added probably a small handful of cilantro which overpowered the soup but I LOVE cilantro so that was fine by me ;). Very easy to make as mikekey said. The evaporated milk really made it creamy which surprised me (never used it in a soup before). My DH suggested it'd also make a nice base for a chowder: add seafood and/or corn or potatoes to it next time.
Great way to use up an overabundance of those zucchini in the summer. Mine didn't turn out very green, so I wonder if I didn't have quite enough zucchini... I enjoyed the cilantro, but when I tasted it after combining the remaining ingredients I felt it still needed something, so I added thyme like another reviewer suggested and about 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper - then it was just right! Made for PAC Spring 2008.
Sorry, but I found this to be rather blah. I added more onion and a couple cloves of garlic and still thought it was way to bland.My DH thought we were having broccoli soup and said he couldn't tell the difference. This is just my taste so in its favor, it was easy to make with easy to follow directions and really I think most people would like it. Thank you, Bayhill for sharing.
I have cooked this recipe for years with the addition of 1/4 tsp thyme. It is delicious. Use smaller zucchini, the flesh is sweeter.I add extra water and Sysco chicken base to make the broth.