Spicy Zucchini Soup


September 7, 2010 by Dana

I’ve been hearing a lot of people complaining about how it’s still so hot outside.  They are asking for the cooler weather.  They are wishing summer would just end already.  They are ready for the fall.

If you are one of those people, listen up, because I’m only going to ask nicely this one time:  Please stop. (See? Wasn’t that nice?  I even said please. Next time I won’t be so polite.)

If you are one of those crazy people wishing for the fall, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt.  Because even I, someone who is such a summer loving person, can see why wishing for fall might seem tempting.  The temperature is a little less extreme, the leaves turn beautiful colors, and pumpkin pie is abundant.  Sounds good so far.

The problem is that you’re being shortsighted.  (Sorry, I don’t usually like to call names, but this is an extreme situation.)  You see a season filled with football, Halloween candy, and apple picking. But you know what you’re forgetting?  Fall leads to winter.

Now, I’m a big girl.  I can deal with fall.  But winter?  No way.  I will not accept wishing for a season with minimal sunlight, frigid temperatures, and runny noses.  I just won’t.

So in order to counter all that negative energy, I decided to make a dish that celebrates the summer with the quintessential summer produce: zucchini.  Consider this my official offering to the weather gods – please keep the summer here for as long as possible!


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper (seeds, stems and ribs removed), chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 pounds zucchini, chopped
4 slices day old bread, chopped
48 oz chicken broth
½ cup water
2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

This recipe is based on this one from Simply Recipes.  I adjusted the measurements based on what I had in the apartment, and adjusted the flavors based on my preferences.  For the stale bread, just use whatever you have lying around.  I happened to have two hamburger rolls in the freezer, so I used them.


1.  Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and jalapeno pepper, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until the onions are translucent but not browned.  Add the garlic and zucchini.  Sauté for another 3-4 minutes, stirring often.  Sprinkle with salt.

2.  Add the bread, broth, and water, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

3.  Remove from heat.  Add the basil and Italian seasoning. Purée soup in a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender) until smooth, working in batches if necessary.

4.  Return the soup to the pot and add the lemon juice, salt and pepper, to taste.  If desired, simmer for an additional 10 minutes to thicken.

Yields four servings.

I loved this soup!  The jalapeno is not overwhelming and just gives a little kick.  I had originally planned to freeze half, but ended up bringing it to work for lunch four days in a row without getting bored… now that’s impressive!

27 thoughts on “Spicy Zucchini Soup

  1. Susan says:

    Totally agree about not wanting winter:)
    It must be in your genes to like summer better!!!
    The soup looks delish!

  2. Dana,
    The peppers in this soup really do give it a kick of spice.

    Tres magnifique et bon appetit!

  3. You are so right…fall does lead to winter and I don’t miss that! I do love all the fall food though but still want to hang on to the summer produce as long as possible. How’s that for wishy washy!

  4. Danelle says:

    Yay! A zucchini recipe that isn’t a baked good! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. biz319 says:

    That sounds delicious! Love the addition of the jalapeno too – the spicer the better for me!

  6. Winter? What is this winter thing you speak of? Oh yeah, we don’t really get that in SoCal. I did in the South. Got the summer swelter and winter ice. But out here everything kind of rolls into one season.
    Thanks for another way to eat zucchini. Always working to sneak in my veggies.

  7. Faith says:

    What a yummy soup! Would you believe it’s supposed to be in the 60’s all this week? This soup is going on the menu! :)

  8. Kocinera says:

    I’ll be perfectly willing to let summer go on for a while longer if that soup is included in the deal. I must admit that I am looking forward to cooler temperatures, but that may be because my winters usually run about 50 degrees, whereas summer are in the 100s. But like I said, this soup would make it totally worth it. :D

  9. I’ve never had a soup anything like this but it sound soooo delicious! My husband would definitely love the spiciness!

  10. I really hope the weather gods are listening with such a great soup. I am always in winter denial

  11. Reeni says:

    What a completely delicious soup! Love the bit of spiciness in it and the bread!

  12. Kristen says:

    I can’t help it, I much prefer spring and fall to the extreme heat of Arizona summers. However, seeings our fall temps are still in the 70s and 80s, I think it’s still nice enough for some of that soup. I have never tried a creamed zucchini soup and I think I have seriously missed out. Thank you for broadening my horizons!

  13. sophia says:

    I HATE winter. That’s why I moved to SoCal. Except, it’s pretty chilly here…probably more so than the east coast. But the perfect weather!

    I just remembered I ran out of zucchini. Must get more to make your lovely soup!

  14. Tania says:

    I hate winter and I love your soup, it’s very inviting!

  15. RavieNomNoms says:

    This soup is so great! Something I would definitely enjoy in the fall or winter!

  16. Katerina says:

    I love the ingredients on this soup. I hate Winter but I do like Fall.

  17. Totally agree. Summer has come to an end and I don’t want to let it go! I love soup. I eat soup any time of the year. Even summer I still crave for hot soup. Great use of zucchini and it’s so healthy!

  18. JodieMo says:

    Well, I can see your point. Winter is always long and cold. And summer produce is always flavorful and delicious. But I’ll be honest with you…I would love to be able to wear a pair of jeans and some socks and not die of heat exhaustion. But I’m in Georgia. South Georgia. And summer ain’t no joke. Winter on the other hand is. Snow is typically unlikely and cold is anything below 55 degrees.
    So, I’ll tell you what. I’ll send as much of our hot weather your way…wherever that is. Great post. And great soup. ;)

  19. Veronica says:

    LOL–loved this blog! You’re so funny. I’m not a fan of either summer or winter–extreme temps are not for me! I could live in fall or spring all year. But alas, I live in Kansas where the weather is all about extremes and fast changes.

  20. Monet says:

    Smile. I am guilty of wanting fall…but only because it has been over 100 degrees for the past month! Normally, I don’t want summer to end, but since moving to Texas…I need a little bit of relief! This soup though looks delicious. I’m all about spice and zucchini is still tasting delicious. Thanks for sharing love!

  21. I am NOT wishing for cooler weather, because I know as soon as I do it will be winter. And I do NOT like winter.

  22. Joanne says:

    I am totally a summer girl so I totally agree with you. Winter should stay away. For good.

    Here’s to the zucchini! Love this soup. So many great flavors.

  23. I would take the heat over the cold anyday!! I kept denying it was “fall” when everyone kept saying it too. I’m in Minnesota and our fall came right on cue during labor day weekend! I would still welcome summer weather though!

    The soup looks great, I’ve never tried anything like this, thanks!

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