Zucchini Cheese Soup (A.k.a. Vache Qui Rit Soup)

Zucchini Cheese Soup (A.k.a. Vache Qui Rit Soup) created by Andrea E.

This is a children's favourite in France and has quickly become my children's favourite, here in Canada. I saw Laura Calder's "French Food at Home" show on Food Network Canada (foodtv.ca) where she prepared this quick and delicious recipe. You can substitute or add any vegetable you wish. I have found it is great made with broccoli or cauliflower and I sometimes add a couple of julienned carrots just to switch it up a bit. A fairly healthy soup because it is not loaded with cream, flour, butter or highly processed cheeses.

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20mins
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ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 lbs zucchini, chopped (if substituting broccoli or cauliflower use 4 generous cups, chopped)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water or vegetable stock)
  • salt and pepper (to season)
  • 1 pinch cumin (optional)
  • 4 ounces vache qui rit Laughing Cow cheese (or Boursin or cream cheese)

directions

  • Put the zucchini and onion in a medium saucepan and add chicken stock. (The stock will not cover the vegetables.) Add salt and pepper, to taste, and cumin, if using.
  • Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add cheese and puree. (An immersion blender works well and keeps dishes to a minimum.).
  • Gently reheat to serve.
  • NOTE: A herbed cream cheese, such as Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese with Garlic and Herbs, makes this soup really delicious!
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"This is a children's favourite in France and has quickly become my children's favourite, here in Canada. I saw Laura Calder's "French Food at Home" show on Food Network Canada (foodtv.ca) where she prepared this quick and delicious recipe. You can substitute or add any vegetable you wish. I have found it is great made with broccoli or cauliflower and I sometimes add a couple of julienned carrots just to switch it up a bit. A fairly healthy soup because it is not loaded with cream, flour, butter or highly processed cheeses."

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  1. Andrea E.
    Zucchini Cheese Soup (A.k.a. Vache Qui Rit Soup) Created by Andrea E.
  2. Soobeeoz
    I made this today and it turned out great.<br/><br/>Suspecting it may be bland for my liking, I stir fried the onion and zucchinis in a little oil with a squirt of garlic paste and a good squirt of Italian herb paste. (I left out the cumin as I wasn't sure it would go well with the Italian herbs.) Once the veggies had softened I added vegetable stock and simmered them a bit longer. I used plain Philadelphia cream cheese. Couldn't find the one suggested or I'd have used that instead and would have left out the garlic and herbs. I added lots of pepper and very little salt as the stock contained it.<br/><br/>I won't leave a star rating due to the changes I made. Suffice it to say the soup turned out to be tasty with a nice texture and appealing creaminess. <br/><br/>Thanks for sharing!
  3. Lucky in Bayview
    Keeper, keeper, keeper. I love this soup for the simplicity of it's flavor and the texture was like comfort food to me, I added a little white pepper, a small pinch of cumin, a tiny bit of kosher salt. I didn't think there would be enough liquid to make it soup like, but after running through the food processor, it was perfect. Simple, healthy and delicious, doesn't get better than that. I love soup and will be making this often. Thanks for posting the recipe!
  4. sherrycooks2012
    We loved this soup1 I have so much zuccini I decided to increase the recipe 4 times. I used 3 onions, 8 lbs [approx] of zuccini, 8 cups of chicken stock, 1 Tbls of cumin [we like cumin] 1 Tbls of Herbes de Provence [salt and pepper to taste-it can use a lot of salt]- and 24 ounces--3--8 oz pkgs-of neuchafel -low fat cream cheese. It is a very light, creamy, filling soup, I froze 5 portions and we ate diner, from this batch.
  5. MDJTL
    Absolutely Delicious!
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