This light, fresh creamy Zucchini Soup is an easy flavor-packed soup with simple ingredients. A great way to enjoy zucchini any time of the year. Instant Pot and stove top methods included.
This delicious cream of zucchini soup is a bit of a fake out. It IS a creamy, delicious soup but there's no heavy cream. In fact there's nothing high calorie included.
It's a great recipe to demonstrate how just a handful of ingredients can make a delicious recipe.
This will become one of your favorite ways to use fresh garden zucchini in the summer months (even the giant zucchini that the neighbors drop on the door step).
Naturally gluten-free and vegan too.
Creamy Zucchini Soup
When you think about zucchini recipes they don't get more tasty than this. It's a favorite summer soup but zucchini is available all year so make it any time!
After it cooks blend it using an immersion blender (or stick blender) or regular blender. It combines all the ingredients into a creamy texture without any cream or milk.
The soup makes a great low calorie light supper or a comforting soup in addition to a main course.
What makes this skinny?
- Only 1 tablespoon of oil (used for sautéing)
- Ingredients are just vegetables and water
- This creamy zucchini soup could be confused with cream of zucchini soup for it's flavor and rich texture. But that's just thanks to the way it's prepared.
A cup of actual cream of zucchini soup has 169 calories. This version has 66 calories per cup. A serving of the soup have 1 WW SmartPoint for any of the plans.
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
Zucchini. You'll need 4 cups of fresh zucchini cut into large pieces. This will be about 1 ½ pounds of zucchini. It will be blended after cooking so rough cutting is fine.
Garlic cloves. Use 1-2 large garlic cloves minced.
Yellow onion. Peel and chop a small onion for the recipe. You'll need about ¼ cup.
Cooking oil. This will be used for sautéing the vegetables before cooking the soup ingredients.
Salt. We recommend kosher salt which is a less salty flavored salt.
Black Pepper. User freshly ground black pepper for the best flavor. White pepper would be great too!
Water. The recipe only needs 1 cup. Vegetable stock, chicken stock or chicken broth can be substituted if desired too.
Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (optional). This is optional to add a dollop on top when serving. Just a little stirred in gives the soup a tangy flavor note that's delicious.
How to Make it - Step-by-Step
Instant Pot instructions
STEP 1. Saute
Turn on the SAUTE function of the Instant Pot. Add the cooking oil (photo 1).
When the oil is hot add the chopped onions, garlic and zucchini (photo 2). Sauté until the onions begin to soften; 2 minutes (photo 3).
Turn off the SAUTE function.
STEP 2. Make the soup
Add the water, salt and pepper (photos 4-5). Seal the lid and vent of the Instant pot.
Set on HIGH PRESSURE for 5 minutes. When cooking completes allow a 15 minute NATURAL RELEASE followed by manual release for any remaining pressure (photo 6).
STEP 3. Blending
Remove the lid and use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the soup (photos 7-8). NOTE: if using a stick blender be careful of the hot soup splattering.
Serve hot! Add some fresh herbs or red pepper flakes for garnish along with a dollop of Greek plain yogurt and a few grinds of pepper (all optional).
Stove top instructions in the recipe card below.
If you have access to round zucchini they may be hollowed out to use for serving vessels (the inside can be used to make the soup too).
How to Store it
Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top.