Courgette Soup

Courgette Soup with garlic, basil and parmesan cheese. Healthy, vegetarian, frugal, economical, cheap, quick, easy, broth, I was recently asked if I had a courgette soup recipe on twitter so after flicking through some old recipes of my mother’s I came up with this recipe. Back in the 70’s my mother went to cookery evening classes as she was a very keen cook and always wanting to learn more. The recipe I found was from one of these classes and was very basic so I decided to add garlic, basil and parmesan to it. I have a feeling that courgettes were more of a delicacy back in the 70’s and hence this soup is more broth like in consistency and a few ingredients go a very long way. I used 3 very large courgettes and 2 large onions and this provided soup for myself and my husband for 5 lunches. The soup improved with age as the flavours matured so if you can make it a day in advance all the better. This soup would make a great starter as it’s not going to fill you up or have it with a sandwich at lunch time to warm you up on a cold day (which is what we did). If you have one of those thermal mugs it would be great to take to work as you could easily sip it at your desk.

Courgette Soup with garlic, basil and parmesan cheese. Healthy, vegetarian, frugal, economical, cheap, quick, easy, broth,

And here’s the Courgette Soup modelling another bowl:-)

This soup was not only economical but so quick and easy to make I will be making it again soon as myself and my hubby really enjoyed it.

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A frugal courgette soup, almost broth, flavoured with garlic, basil and parmesan cheese - perfect as a light starter or to have with your lunch.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8 - 10
  • 25g Unsalted butter
  • 2 tblsp Olive oil
  • 2 Large Onions, finely diced
  • 3 Large garlic cloves
  • 900g Courgettes, slices
  • 1 ½ tsp Dried basil
  • 1.7 lts Vegetable stock
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  • 60g Parmesan or vegetarian hard cheese, grated
  • Garnish (optional)
  • A few slithers of parmesan or vegetarian hard cheese
  • Sprinkle of basil
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan and gently sweat the onions and garlic under a lid, stirring occasionally until softened but not coloured (about 10 minutes).
  2. Add the courgettes, basil, seasoning and stock.
  3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until courgettes are softened.
  4. Blend soup (I use a stick blender) then add grated parmesan.
  5. Check seasoning and serve garnished with parmesan slithers, dried basil and drizzle of olive oil.

For more courgette inspired dishes you might like to check out:

Caramelised Courgette Soup – Fab Food 4 All

Kousa Mahshi (Lebanese Stuffed Courgettes) – Cook Sister

Courgette, Goat’s Cheese and Mint Fritatta – Kavey Eats

Courgette Spaghetti Alredo – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Smoked Salmon, Courgette and Dill Pasta – Blue Kitchen Bakes

Turkish Zucchini Fritters – Tinned Tomatoes

As this soup is frugal, had been in my file forever, contains courgettes that were languishing in the fridge as well as herbs, I’m entering it into the following linkies:

Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen at Fuss Free Flavours

Bookmarked Recipes over at Tinned Tomatoes

No Waste Food Challenge over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage

Extra Veg over at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families which is co-hosted by Fuss Free Flavours.

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  1. Heather

    XOXO shared on FB. Looks YUM. You had me at the parmesan. I would use chicken broth, though… home made. Mmmmmm.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Heather, very kind:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    What a delicious soup! I too like courgettes so this is just fab, can’t wait to try it!

  3. Paul Wilson

    My courgettes are already planted for this year.

    1. Camilla

      Oh I wish I had green fingers, but whenever I’ve tried growing veg the pests get their wicked way before any harvesting ever happens! Never attempted courgettes though!

  4. Paul Wilson

    Always need more uses for courgette come the summer.

  5. Fuss Free Helen

    Just catching up – lovely frugal recipe as always Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen:-)

  6. Kaci Soderstrom

    Never thought about making soup with courgette. Great idea.

  7. Tina L-D

    great recipe, love courgettes and love soup, especially when the weather is like it is at the moment

  8. Ursula Hunt

    Snowing in Yorkshire, definately time for home made soups

    1. Camilla

      Well that’s just not fair! Not a flake here in Surrey!

  9. Maya Russell

    Have to use this when we get loads of courgettes this summer.

  10. Maddy

    OOH, good timing!
    Bought 4 courgettes for 10p yellow label at Mr T’s the other day. Was going to make some ratatouille for the freezer, but this looks far more interesting!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, if you prefer a thicker soup just use less stock but we enjoyed this thin broth for a change along with our lunch time sandwiches:-)

  11. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Nice recipe Camilla. I thought I’d already left a comment, but maybe not. Thanks for submitting it to Bookmarked Recipes, the roundup is now live

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline:-)

  12. Sadhna Grover

    I love courgette. I would love to try this soup. I was using this veg in making a side dish with potatoes or lentils.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Camilla


  13. Maddy

    Going to have to remember this one for when we get another glut!

    1. Camilla


  14. Paul Wilson

    I bet it’s great with some nice, fresh, crusty bread.

  15. Urvashi

    I love courgettes. We grew yellow ones this year and last and I did a soup with some feta gremolata on top. It’s just one of those that I think would also work cold in summer

    1. Camilla

      Yes I think it would be great chilled too:-) Lucky you having green fingers!

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe for the summer as we get loads of courgettes on the allotment

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  17. Paul Wilson

    Nice one, I’ll make a note for when there are more courgettes than you can shake a stick at next year.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  18. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    I’m partial to thicker soups, so whenever a recipe sounds like it has too much liquid in it, I reduce the amount. More water can always be added at a later stage. You should try adding avocado before blending!

  19. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I absolutely love courgettes, strangely I don’t think I’ve ever had courgette soup!! This one looks wonderful though 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, I hadn’t either so once I was asked the seed was sown:-)

  20. Harriet

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Harriet:-)

  21. Michelle Utterlyscrummy

    What a delicious soup! 🙂 We’ve been eating more soup lately as it is a great filler before dinner and also fab for getting extra vitamins into us during the cold weather.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Michelle – it really helped heat us up as it’s got so cold lately:-)

  22. Elizabeth

    What a lovely starter this would be – beautiful colour too! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elizabeth:-)

  23. Kavey

    I love courgettes, we did a lovely courgette and blue cheese soup this year, which was good. I think my favourite recipe using our glut this year was the sausage-ragu stuffed courgettes. Thank you so much for sharing my frittata. X

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure Kavey:-)

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