Creamy Zucchini Soup with Walnuts and Dill

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This creamless yet creamy zucchini soup is thickened with walnuts. Serve it hot or cold, depending on the weather.

Flavored with dill, this creamy zucchini soup is surprisingly healthy. There’s no heavy cream or dairy in it — just a handful of toasted walnuts thickens it up. You can throw it together in 30 minutes, and it’s good hot or cold.

What you’ll need to make creamy zucchini soup

ingredients for zucchini soup

STEP-By-STEP instructions

Begin by heating 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pot, then add the chopped onions and garlic.

onions, garlic and oil in pot

Cook over medium-low heat until the onions are soft and translucent.

cooked onions and garlic

Add the sliced zucchini, chicken broth, salt and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil.

adding the zucchini, broth and seasoning to the pot

Cover the pot and simmer for about ten minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.

cooked zucchini in pot

Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a 350-degree oven for 5-10 minutes, until fragrant.

toasted walnuts on sheet pan

Add the toasted walnuts and chopped dill to the pot.

adding toasted walnuts and dill to the zucchini soup

Using a stick blender, purée the soup (alternatively, purée the soup in batches using a regular blender).

pureeing the zucchini soup with a stick blender

The soup should be completely smooth.

smooth and creamy zucchini soup in pot

Stir in the fresh lemon juice and remaining olive oil, then taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with more olive oil, and sprinkle with dill. The soup may be served hot or cold.

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Creamy Zucchini Soup with Walnuts and Dill

This creamless yet creamy zucchini soup is thickened with walnuts. Serve it hot or cold, depending on the weather.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, cut into quarters
  • 4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth (such as Swanson Organic)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, or 1 tablespoon dried, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy clean-up.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-low heat in a large pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent. Do not brown.
  3. Add the zucchini, chicken broth, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, place the walnuts on the prepared baking sheet and toast in the oven until fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep a close eye on them as nuts can burn quickly.)
  5. Add the dill and walnuts to the soup. Using a stick blender, purée the soup until smooth. (Alternatively, purée the soup in batches in a blender. Be careful not to fill the jar more than halfway, and leave the hole in the lid open and loosely cover with a dish towel to allow the heat to escape.)
  6. Add the lemon juice and the remaining tablespoon of oil to the soup, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add about 1/4 teaspoon more salt). Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with more olive oil, sprinkle with dill, and serve.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost it in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours, until completely thawed. Serve cold or reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Sodium: 629mg
  • Cholesterol: 5mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi I didn’t see my question so thought I would ask again. I made the soup yesterday and it tastes overwhelmingly like dill. Can I fix it by adding more zucchini? I would sauté it in onions first. Thanks

    • — Marsha Aaron on September 12, 2021
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    • Sure, Marsha – that should work. The dill flavor might be less pronounced today as well.

      • — Jenn on September 12, 2021
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  • I used my Vitamix to whizz this up. Creamy and delicious!

    • — Erin on August 23, 2021
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  • I’m making your Zucchini-Basil Pistou right now, which calls for using only the outer part (containing the skin) of the zucchini. Can I use just the inner seed-containing part of the zucchini that’s leftover from the pistou for this soup, or does it require the entire skin-on zucchini? Thanks!

    • — Kate on August 11, 2021
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    • Hi Kate, that should be fine. Hope you enjoy both the pistou and the soup! 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 12, 2021
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  • I just made this for lunch accompanied with home baked sourdough, ham and cheese. It was delicious, the lemon juice adds just the right tanginess. I had enough leftovers to freeze for another time. Thank you for another wonderful recipe.

    • — Maria Stern on August 11, 2021
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  • This soup is fabulous! Bought fresh walnuts and followed the recipe exactly the first time. Definitely creamy without the cream. I love it hot or cold. I have also use yellow squash to make a variation on the soup but substituted white pepper as it gives a wonderful touch.

    • — Ann on August 7, 2021
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  • I followed directions precisely and shared this with two friends who are “foodies”. Our reactions were identical. We all felt that the soup was creamy as promised, but that the walnuts imparted a somewhat unpleasant taste. Unfortunately, unlike most of the wonderful recipes we get from this site, this one is not a keeper.

    • — Sue Kopel on January 28, 2021
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    • Perhaps your walnuts were old

      • — Carol Winkelman on April 30, 2021
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      • I agree – high-quality and fresh walnuts are key here.

        • — Beth on July 25, 2021
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  • Delicious hot or cold. Follow directions and you will have a creamy, delicious soup.

    • — Judy on October 4, 2020
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  • Thanks, Jenn! This is a great recipe. I live in an apartment in a city, so don’t have the space to keep a full-sized blender. So, instead, I ground up the toasted walnuts in my mini blender, then added them to the zucchini about half-way through the cooking (I kept it bubbling for about 16 minutes in total). Then, with the more softened zucchini and the now softer walnuts, I was able to use my immersion (stick) blender . It worked perfectly. I didn’t have quite enough fresh dill, so I put what I had in the soup and used a good olive oil, croutons, and fresh-ground black pepper as garnish. It tasted awesome. Next time I will make sure I have more dill on hand.

    • — CookInVienna on September 22, 2020
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