Cream of Zucchini Soup (Crema De Calabacitas)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.

5 5

This is really simple to make and very tasty! I did not use water to cook the zukes, but used chicken broth, which gave it extra flavor. I added all of the cooking liquid to the blender and only added another 1/2 cup additional broth. I might add more cilantro next time since we really like that flavor.

4 5

After reading reviews, I did make a few changes. I grated my zucchini and cooked it in chicken broth - about half of the amount of original cooking water. I think this is pretty important - when you cook a mild veggie in water and then throw away half of the water... much better to keep all the flavor. I did not puree anything, used regular milk instead of evaporated milk (like the flavor better), using a little extra flour to make up for it in thickness. Minced in a bit of garlic along with the onion, and also added a splash of balsamic vinegar. After taking it off the heat, I also melted in about an ounce of shredded cheddar cheese. Made for a very nice lunch. Thanks for the base recipe!