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Creamy Zucchini Soup with Popcorn Garnish

This soup is basically blended up zucchini. It has no cream in it (other than to garnish) yet it's so smooth and rich. Also, POPCORN!!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 119kcal
Author Karen


  • 3 tablespoons butter and/or olive oil any combination of the two is fine
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed and then roughly chopped
  • 6 smallish zucchini about 1 and 1/2 pounds
  • 2 & 2/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Popped Popcorn to garnish
  • cream or half and half, to garnish


  • Heat a 10 inch wide pot over medium heat. Add the butter and/or olive oil.
  • When it is hot and shimmers, add the onions and garlic. Don't chop your garlic too small, you don't want to burn it. 
  • Saute for 5 minutes or so while you slice the zucchini.
  • Slice all the zucchini into rounds and add to the pot.
  • Saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is fork tender.
  • Add the water and chicken base, along with the salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Pro tip: now is a good time to sneak some zucchini from the pan. Glorious. Sometimes I wonder why we don't just eat vegetables all the time.**
  • Continue to simmer another 10-15 minutes, until the zucchini is very soft. 
  • Use an immersion blender to blend the soup. Or transfer the soup to a blender, leaving the tab at the top open to allow steam to escape. Hold a towel over the top so you don't spray yourself with zucchini lava. Blend in batches if necessary. Pour the soup back into the pot.
  • Reheat the soup on medium heat if necessary.
  • Garnish with a drizzle of cream and some popped popcorn! So fun!


*Use vegetable base if you want this to be vegetarian. Or you could use regular chicken or vegetable broth in exchange for the water + Better than Bouillon. (Use the amount of liquid the recipe calls for.)
**I remembered. It's because of bacon.
Recipe is from Sandi, method adapted from Food and Wine.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1004mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 731IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg