A silky creamy yet low calorie and dairy free zucchini soup! A tasty springtime soup served hot or cold with zoodles! for those of you wondering if i started making words up (which i do tend to do), zoodles is not made up! they are lovely zucchini noodeles made with a vegetable spiralizer.
no worries!! these are completely optional, just a fun way of getting more veggies in your diet :)
This recipe yields 10 cups, and at less then 50 tasty calories per cup! (47 to be precise)

difficulty level: beginner

prep time: 7 minutes

cook time: 22

equipment needed:

  • blender or immersion blender.
  • spiralizer for making zoodles. totally optional

what you need:

  • 1 lb Zucchini cubed + 2 small zucchini set aside cut into rounds.
  • 1/2 lb cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small onion chopped (not too fine)
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp oil divided in 2
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 2 cups broth + 5 tbsp broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • one extra zucchini for zoodles

what to do:

for soup:

  • preheat a large braiser, or large wide sauce pan that has a lid on medium high, add onions and 1/4 tbsp oil, saute for 5 mnutes deglazing with tablespoon or tow of broth if onions start to burn or stick too much.
  • reduce heat to medium, push onions to outer edges of pan, add remaining 1/4 tbsp of oil and garlic saute for 1 minutes
  • immediately (to stop garlic from burining) add 2 tbsp broth and cauliflower, saute 5 minutes
  • add cashews cubed zucchini 1 tbsp broth and salt, saute 5 more minutes.
  • add 2 cups of broth, bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to medium low (towards low) and cook 10 minutes.
  • uncover continue to cook 3 more minutes
  • remove from heat, carefully transfer the soup to a blender, cover and blend on high one minute, start adding (through the opening in the blender lid) the rounds of 2 fresh zucchini left over. blend 1 more minutes.
  • open and taste, add salt and pepper to taste and a bit more brothi fyou like your soup bit thinner in consistency. blend again for 1 minute.

for zoodles:

  • use a spiralizer on the thinnest setting and spiralize at least one zucchini, that should give you plenty of zoodles to add to your soup. i bought a $9.99 spiralizer at target (i know how come no Amazon?) you can find them anywhere.
    i will say, i will probably end up buying the fancier spiralizers out there ($40 - $60) as the little guy i have can pretty much only handle zucchini... and i want to play around with sweet potato noodles, beet noodles... etc :)

You can easily make this soup into a complete meal, as an example actually had it for dinner tonight, i added chopped clams, zucchini noodles and a bit of black beans and voila a super healthy 1 bowl meal! :)