zucchini soup with avocado and basil

by sweetonwallstreet

Zucchini scream summer to me. It’s probably because I had it almost everyday (along with green beans) growing up when I’d visit my grandparents in Cape Cod. My grandfather was a wonderful gardener and their whole backyard was full of flowers and vegetables. Talk about fresh… and yes, I was spoiled by it.

Unfortunately, my backyard isn’t full of flowers and vegetables. Heck, who am I kidding? I don’t have a backyard or even a porch, terrace or balcony here in the city.

However, along with shopping at the greenmarkets, I get a CSA box every Wednesday. Recently, our share has had about 2# of zucchini every week and while I love roasted zucchini, zucchini spaghetti and crispy zucchini sticks, I wanted to make something to use up my share, but also satisfying enough to have as a full meal or a pre- or post-workout snack. With avocado (for healthy fats) and nutritional yeast (for protein), this soup is not only thick, rich and creamy, but a nutritional powerhouse for a quick and delicious meal.

Zucchini Avocado Soup (makes 6 cups)

5 medium zucchini, about 3#

1 shallot

2-3 cups vegetable broth, depending on the consistency you’d like

2 garlic cloves or 1 teaspoon roasted garlic

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 avocado

1/4 cup basil leaves

salt and pepper to taste

Wash the zucchini and cut into chunks, excluding the stem and the bottom nubby (is there a true word for this?). I also seed the zucchini before cutting into chunks, but that’s a personal preference. Do whatever’s best for you.

Put the first 5 ingredients in a small pot or wide pan over medium heat. Cover, bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until the zucchini are tender.

Scoop out the meat of the avocado and place it into a blender with the nutritional yeast. When zucchini is done, cool slightly before transferring the mixture to the blender with the avocado. Add the basil leaves to the top before blending until smooth. Adjust the consistency adding more vegetable broth if you like thinner soups. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serving: I love to serve this soup cold since it’s hot out right now and the thickness of it envelopes you with both flavor the a slight chill, but it’s completely your preference. To make it more fancy, garnish with extra basil as an appetizer for about 6 people or a main course for 3-4.