This is one of the few soups that make the cut in summer. Serve it chilled to take the edge off a hot August night.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place broth, zucchini and tarragon (or dill) in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the zucchini is tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Puree in a blender (see Tip), in batches if necessary, until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and heat over medium-high, slowly stirring in cheese until it is incorporated. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot or chilled.

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Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Serve chilled or reheat.

Tip: Hot liquids can splatter out of a blender when it's turned on. To avoid this, remove the center piece of the lid. Loosely cover the hole with a folded kitchen towel and turn the blender on. Better airflow will keep the contents from spewing all over the kitchen.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; total fat 5.1g 8% DV; saturated fat 3.2g; cholesterol 15mg 5% DV; sodium 757mg 30% DV; potassium 606mg 17% DV; carbohydrates 6.9g 2% DV; fiber 1.5g 6% DV; sugar 4g; protein 9.9g 20% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 578IU; vitamin c 31mg; folate 46mcg; calcium 182mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 33mg; thiaminmg.

Reviews (34)

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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2017
Easy to make.. I added some peas and thyme to the recipe. Home made broth is essential Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/07/2015
what herbs? yuk. had to add kitchen bouquet dill cheddar cheese parmesan thyme marscapone and it still is not great. palatable but what do you expect with chicken broth and nothing else really. yuk. Pros: none Cons: lots no flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2014
Delicious taste of summer I make this soup often in fact I crave it:) Pros: It's light but satisfying Cons: Recipe doesn't call for enough tarragon or dill Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2013
I hate Zucchini but I LOVE this soup I did not have a blender so I just ate it as is. I think it is better when it is not blended because the zucchini adds texture. Yum-o! Pros: Butter Favor tasty easy to make Cons: a little salty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2013
Not Bland tatse I saw the comment the soup is bland So I added garlic 1/2t since I love garlic and 1/8t of sage while the zucchini was cooking to tender. I substitute reduce fat cheddar cheese with a white cheese shredded reduce fat Parmesan since that was the only cheese in my frig. IT WAS AMAZING!!! The cheese garlic and zucchini mixed so well. Next time I am gonna add 1/2t of onion. Hope this is helpful. Pros: Easy Fast Tasty Easy to substitute ingredients. Cons: Cleaning the blender!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2013
This soup was lovely. I added mixed herbs and parsley instead as I don't like tarragon or dill and didn't want to ruin it by adding them. I found I didn't need to add pepper as I found it quite peppery as it was. But full of flavour will definitely be making this over over again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2013
This is a keeper! I used two large Italian zuccini's and tarragon and it turned out great. My 2 year old daughter liked it too which is a bonus! This one is definitely a keeper! Pros: Easy and quick to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2013
Surprisingly good! I don't even like zucchini and I loved this soup! I used veggie broth instead of chicken and used both tarragon and dill. Immersion blender worked great and added a little dollop of plain yogurt on top.. perfect! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2013
Easy and tasty! This soup was very easy to make! I used tarragon and needed 4 zucchinis. It has a very creamy texture and seems like there is cream or milk in it! Pros: Easy to Make Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2013
Nice & easy I substituted Parmesan cheese for the cheddar. I like the saltiness of the Parmesan and think it works well with the soup. Pros: Fairly easy and inexpensive. Would make a great starter for a dinner party Cons: A little thin and not very filling as a main course Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2013
Love this! The soup tastes great and is almost a little spicy. I was apprehensive to try this at first but I thought it was great! My mother loved it when I gave her a taste Pros: Taste is great has a kick to it very tasty Cons: Nothing. I really enjoy this Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
Super easy and delicious! I usually use fresh basil and it's excellent! Much easier to use a stick blender rather than a standard blender or food processor. I also like to leave some small chunks for texture. Pros: Easy quick healthy Cons: Not my favorite chilled Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2012
Needed adjustment I prefer a deeper flavor. I added an additional 1-2 tsp of fresh tarragon as well as 2 heaping TBL of a curry mix. The additional flavor made for a DELICIOUS soup that gets better as it sits in the fridge. It's a go-to soup for me. Pros: Easy to prepare freezes well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
Easy and delicious Wanted a healthy veggie soup and found this at the top of the Google search I did. The texture is so smooth you'll swear the recipe contains lots of high-fat calorie laden ingredients but it doesn't! One of the best soups I've ever made. My hubbie loved my addition of crispy prosciutto as a topper. The other sub I made was to use chicken broth. Pros: quick easy flavorful and able to be adapted Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2012
Broken Blender:-( The soup itself was fantastic. I would caution against using a blender though as mine spit all the way through...ruining my blender. I was able to use a mixer while leaving it in the original pot-this worked great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2012
I made this with two zucchini's and one squash. I also added garlic and parsley and extra cheese. It was very good! Looking forward to making it again! Pros: Super simple fast very good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2012
This soup was super tasty even without the cheese! I followed the directions using dill and adding 1 fresh minced garlic clove while cooking the zucchini. And so quick it probably took me 20 mins total. Pros: super easy tasty simple ingredients Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was ok for a quickie lunch soup. I've made something similar to this from Weight Watchers which I felt was much nicer. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great & Tasty. Being a new vegan. I used veg. broth and flavored tofu instead of chicken broth and cheddar cheese also added less sea salt in place of salt. We all need to be more wary of what we eat. -surfergirlca58 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
quick and easy....versatile recipe added low-fat yogart and parsley in stead of cheese and tarragon...have added to my meal plans... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good soup. I did as another reviewer suggested and I used non-fat plain yogurt in place of the cheese and the taste was great (thanks for the tip!). I used dill instead of tarragon and have only tried it hot (not chilled). I will be making this on a regular basis. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
soo good! I added some garlic will try this with the yogurt I was thinking about doing that but decided to try the original recipe first. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good soup. I served it warm and dipped 1/2 of a whole wheat pita bread in. Will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I absolutely love this soup with vegetable broth low-fat cheese and lots of dill. (I usually add two times as much dill as the recipe calls for.) It's so fast easy tasty and healthy! I will also do as others have suggested here and try it with yogurt instead of cheese. That sounds lovely. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was a little nervous to make this soup cause I'm not a huge fan of zucchini and the green color of it makes it look like it wouldn't be great but I love soup and this seemed easy enough to make so I tried it out tonight. It is actually quite tasty. I would like it with more cheese which I know adds fat and calories but I think more cheese would make it even better!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This soup was awesome! I didn't have any vegetable broth so I used low sodium condensed mushroom soup(1/2 cup mixed with 2 1/2 cups of water). I also substituted fresh parmesan cheese for cheddar cheese which is lower in calories and sodium. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I double this recipe and add a very small fingerling potato and puree the whole mix. I use a tiny bit of cheddar cheese and sometimes add a tablespoon or two of fat-free half & half. EXCELLENT. My husband loves it and my toddler loves it too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great way to use up the huge zucchinis in the garden. Loved it. Used the chicken broth and the cheese just as directed. Was afraid it looked too brothy so threw some croutons in...unnecessary! My hubby's and my next bowls were just plain and it was wonderful. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I was a little skeptical about making soup without sauteeing onion and other vegetables first but just throwing chopped zucchini into broth made a quick nourishing soup. I used a mixture of dried dill and tarragon. Adding some fresh herbs just before pureeing would be better I think. Once I adjusted the seasoning this was quite good. I used a little sharp cheddar then added chopped green onion and a small dollop of light sour cream to my bowl. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This soup was very bland. Followed the recipe as written not looking forward to eating it over the next few days since I don't want to waste food. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
DELISH! I had never had zucchini soup before so I was unsure when I just went for this soup especially since the top review said it was bland. However I absolutely LOVED it. I'm just beginning EatingWell's 28 Day Weight Loss Meal Plan and this was a wonderful way to kick start it. My boyfriend thought it needed more salt (but he's a salt-fiend) but I thought it was perfect and not bland at all. For my meal plan I'm having to make most of my meals the night before and bring them to work. This soup was fantastic even the next day! I will definitely be making this one again. Pros: quick easy tasty! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
In the Middle First time I made it followed the recipe. It really didn't taste so great to me but who knows seems like others really enjoy this. The only thing that helped me finish the bowl was by eating the pita after every bite of soup. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
ZUCCHINI SOUP This was a delicious summertime lunch. Great with a salad. We enjoyed the soup topped with parmesan cheese melted on top! Yum! Pros: Light Healthy Recipe. Cons: Need to add something else to complete the meal. No real cons. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good Soup It needed a little tweeking hence the 4 star rating. I added about 1/2 tbsp of lemon pepper. Other than that I followed the recipe and it was a very tasty soup! Read More