Cream of Zucchini Soup (Crema De Calabacitas)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
30 mins
40 mins

Posted for the Zaar World Tour-Mexico. From "Mexican Cookery" cookbook. This recipe is a tasty way to use up an over abundance of zucchini from the garden.

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  1. Wash zucchini. Cut off stem ends, then cut into large pieces. Place in a saucepan. Add water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool zucchini in cooking liquid.
  2. Place zucchini, 1 cup cooking liquid and 2 Tablespoons cilantro in a blender; process until pureed.
  3. Heat butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion. Cook until tender but not browned. Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute. Add pureed zucchini mixture, evaporated milk and chicken broth. Stir to blend. Season with salt if needed. Stir over medium heat until soup comes to a boil.
  4. Serve at once or chill and serve cold. Garnish each serving with a few whole cilantro leaves.
Most Helpful

I just made the soup and used some chicken base in place of the chicken broth. Used an immersion blender instead of a regular one to blend the soup. Added about 1 tbl. of minced garlic and the flavors blended nicely.

1 5

This soup is bland. I couldn't even bring myself to put an exclamation point behind the word "bland," that's how bland it is. I followed the recipe to the letter and am in the process of trying to save it. I've added kosher salt, habanero seasoning, chili powder, celery salt...nothing. I had some chicken breast that I had marinated in olive oil and lemon juice, chopped it up and threw it in. Waa waa. I just added a bag of corn and may chop up a pepper and add it. It's one potato away from turning into a chowder. It will turn out fine eventually; maybe the problem is that I was expecting flavor from zucchini and was enthused about the ingredients.

4 5

I made this exactly as posted, and the end result was a mildly flavored cream soup. I definitely agree that this would make a wonderful base for a heartier soup or chowder by the addition of some chunky vegetables and meat. It is also would make a nice side cup of soup to a grilled cheese or other type of sandwich, but is not very filling on its own. It's a great way to use up your zucchini bounty in a new and different way. Made for ZWT 8.