Zucchini Bisque is a simple soup with a fancy name. This is a perfect year round soup because it can be served hot or cold. And because of the added cream it's always creamy and delicious!
The last time we visited New York our cousin Joan kept talking about this Zucchini Bisque that she loves to make in all seasons. The reason she loves making it all year long is that it can be served hot or cold! (It's kind of like having a reversible dress!)
Since I had never had a soup that could be served hot or cold I was excited to try this. The other part about this soup that I like is the amount of added cream is up to the cook. Soups made creamy with dairy have never been my favorite, so this is perfect for me!
Joan was happy to share the recipe and gave me permission to share it with all of our Gr8 Friends!
And if you love zucchini recipes as much as we do, here are some of our other favorites!
- Vegetable Tian
- Zucchini Pesto Tart
- Zucchini Bread
- Zucchini Scapece (you'll learn how to say it, too!)
- Zucchini with Orzo Dill and Feta
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, rough chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds peeled, shredded zucchini
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 to 1 cup cream,, optional and to your taste
- Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat then add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the zucchini and broth, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Purée using an immersion blender or purée in two batches in your regular blender and return to pan. (Joan purées only half of the soup because her family likes the chunkier version; I purée all of it.)
- Add the nutmeg, basil, salt and pepper, and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the cream now if using. I start with the smallest amount, stir and taste. My preference is less cream, however, you and your family may like more cream. The soup is also good without any cream at all. This is all up to you!
- Soup can be served hot or cold.
Gr8 Do-Ahead Tips:
- If you want to serve the soup hot, it can be made up to 2 days ahead of time through Step 5. Then cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, bring to a simmer, then add the cream, if using.
- If serving the soup cold, make it up to 2 days ahead of time then refrigerate covered.