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July 10, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: vegetarian soup recipes with zucchini or summer squash

Seven green bowls 

Even if you don't grow your own zucchini, you can't avoid the glut at this time of year. Well-meaning but overwhelmed friends with gardens begin leaving zucchini the size of canoes on your doorstep, or bringing zucchini bread to fill your freezer. Though we all complain a little bit, we're grateful for those friends, and for the abundance of easy-to-grow zucchini and summer squash. Really, we are. Use pretty yellow summer squash instead of green zucchini in any soup, or mix the two, and if you have some light green patty pan squash, add those, too. Substitute vegetable stock or water in any of these recipes to make them truly meat-free.

These seven vegetarian soup recipes with zucchini or summer squash (or both) caught my eye this week:

Sesame zucchini soup, from Chocolate & Zucchini

Zucchini soup, from One Hot Stove

Cream of zucchini soup, from A Veggie Venture

Zucchini and yellow squash soup with rosemary and parmesan, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Zucchini, white bean and leek soup, from Bitchin' Camero

Curry zucchini soup, from Shutterbean

Cold tomato summer vegetable soup, from Simply Recipes

Find more delicious vegetarian zucchini and squash soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Green bowls show off the colors of summer soups, and though most Asian markets feature blue bowls, some have delicate green bowls, too. Six of these seven green or green-patterned bowls came from Asian grocery stores.

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

It's easy: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please), and they absolutely do not have to match. Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Kalynskitchen | July 10, 2010 at 08:51 AM

I have a huge glut of zucchini right now (I need to be more vigilant about the picking!) Better start making some soup!

Posted by: Valerie | August 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I'm so glad I found this post because I've been in need of new soup ideas! Thankfully, reading this just at the time when zucchini really start to fill out the garden and grocery aisles. Thanks!

Posted by: Arun | April 30, 2013 at 02:06 AM

Usually vegetables are very good for health as we all know, preparing it with half boiled, adding sauces will really increase the taste of soups. Vegetables soups are more preferable during weight loss as varieties of vegetables are used for this purpose. A perfect vegetable soup contains vitamins and minerals.

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  • I'm Lydia Walshin, a longtime food writer who lives and cooks in a real log house. If I could, I'd eat Chinese noodles, grapes, ice cream and soup every day.
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