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Zucchini (Courgette) Basil Soup: Easy, Creamy, Dreamy

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This easy, creamy zucchini basil soup (or if you’re British, this courgette basil soup) is a truly healthy vegetarian soup recipe.

Lots of creamy vegetarian soups pile on the cream in order to create a rich taste and silky texture. But this healthy zucchini soup doesn’t need to.

We’ve used vegetable broth, garlic and scallions, alongside just a quarter cup of low fat cream cheese to give this healthy courgette soup all the flavour and richness it needs.

Topped with fried nuts and spinach leaves, this zucchini soup (ahem, courgette soup) is a joy to behold.

It’s also a super low calorie vegetarian soup at just 269 kcal per serving (so it makes the cut for our top low calorie soups!)!

Finally, forgive us for sitting on the fence with zucchini/courgette!

Although zucchini is used around the world, courgette continues to be the only name by which this vegetable is known in Britain!

Zucchini basil soup ingredients including zucchinis, bread, spinach and cream cheese are laid out. | Hurry The Food Up

Health benefits of easy zucchini basil soup (or easy courgette basil soup)

Zucchini is a low-calorie, high-nutrient food (did you know, it’s technically a fruit?!). It’s a member of the squash family and shares their many health benefits.

Zucchini is high in vitamin B6, in turn making this zucchini basil soup great for helping to regulate blood glucose and protecting against diabetes.

Zucchinis are also rich in multiple antioxidants, which protect your body against free radical damage that can cause cataracts and other eye problems.

On top of all these health benefits, zucchinis are low in calories – just 62 kcals in one cup serving – and carbohydrates – less than 1g per cup.

So, using zucchinis as the base for this courgette spinach soup recipe keeps the calories low and the health benefits high.

If you’re interested in how to lose weight while maintaining a sustainable calorie deficit, check out our vegetarian weight loss course!

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You’ve gotta be spinach to win it

You didn’t think we’d stop at one vegetable for this zucchini basil soup, did you? Good, because we certainly didn’t.

This vegetarian soup recipe also contains 3 oz of spinach; rich in iron, spinach helps keep energy levels up, and rich in nitrates, it can help improve blood flow and pressure.

If you’re on the lookout for more hearty vegetarian soups, this easy broccoli and cauliflower soup will fill you up. Alternatively, this creamy curried lentil soup is low on calories and big on flavour!

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Zucchini (Courgette) Basil Soup
4.34 from 3 votes
Searching for a vegetarian soup recipe that’s big on health benefits & low on calories? Try this zucchini (courgette) basil soup!
Diet: egg-free
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Servings:2
Calories:408kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Roughly chop your green onion, garlic cloves and zucchini (courgette).
    1 green onion, 2 clove garlic, 11 oz zucchini
  • In a medium size pot over medium heat add the olive oil, green onion, garlic and zucchini. Cook until veggies have a golden color. If the veggies start to stick, add a drop of hot water instead of more oil while cooking.
    1 tsp olive oil
  • Add basil and spinach leaves, low fat cream cheese, vegetable broth and black pepper. Simmer until the zucchini (courgette) is soft and tender, about 10 to 13 minutes.
    5 oz spinach, ⅓ cup low fat cream cheese, ½ cup basil, fresh, 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Meanwhile, cut the bread into pieces of about 1 inch. In a small pan melt the butter and add the bread pieces and seeds of choice, cook until they are golden brown and toasty.
    4 oz wholegrain bread, 1 tsp butter, 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • Blend the soup, you can use a hand blender and process in the same pot. Take the soup back to the stove. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Finally, salt soup to taste.
    Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve soup topped with basil leaves, seeds and toasty bread pieces.
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NOTES

  • Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before, it’ll be even more flavorful that way.
  • Freezable? Yes, just reheat slowly.
 
Searching for more great veggie soups? 
Brilliant Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup
Spanish White Gazpacho 
Perfect Pumpkin and Carrot Soup
Chill Carrot and Ginger Soup
Super Speedy Sweet Potato Soup

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini (Courgette) Basil Soup
Amount per Serving
Calories
408
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
27
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
1428
mg
62
%
Potassium
 
1210
mg
35
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
19
g
38
%
Vitamin A
 
8122
IU
162
%
Vitamin C
 
51
mg
62
%
Calcium
 
277
mg
28
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 comments
  1. 3 stars
    Tastes good, but how does this have 19 grams of protein as stated in the nutritional information? I specifically searched for vegan or vegetarian soup recipes high in protein. There’s no way this has 19 grams of protein per serving unless you add a protein, like pea powder, tofu, vegan meat, etc. or way more sunflower seeds than the recipe calls for or lots of hemp seeds etc. Am I missing something? Where do the 19 grams of protein come from? I added protein to it when I cooked it. I gave it three stars because although it tastes good, it doesn’t have the protein I was looking for even when you count the protein in the bread.

    1. Hi Renee! Glad you enjoyed it. I just double-checked – the nutri info is indeed correct. Most of the protein comes from the low-fat cream cheese, the pumpkin seeds and the wholegrain bread.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a big hit in our house, so simple but so full of flavour. More recipes like this please x

    1. We keep creating easy yet delicious recipes! Thanks for the feedback!

    2. Awesome Kaz!! Really happy to hear that. Will do 😀