Zucchini is also known as courgette. The flower is often used, stuffed with ricotta and fried in olive oil. The original and the best Parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano is usually aged 2 years. It is a hard, dry cheese made from skimmed or partially skimmed cows milk. It has a hard, pale golden rind and a straw coloured interior with rich, sharp flavour. The commercial pre-grated cheese does not rate in comparison. Together, these 2 ingredients compliment each other wonderfully, along with the freshness of the Italian basil.


  • 1 kg Green Zucchini cut lengthways in quarters then 1cm slices

  • 60 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 15 g Garlic Cloves chopped

  • 750 ml chicken stock

  • 60 ml Single Cream

  • Italian Basil leaves chopped

  • continental parsley chopped

  • 50 g Reggiano Parmigiano cheese grated

  • Sea Salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan.

  • 2.

    Cook the garlic, basil, salt and zucchini slowly for approximately 10 minutes, until the zucchinis are lightly browned and very soft.

  • 3.

    Add some pepper and stock and simmer for 8 minutes, uncovered.

  • 4.

    Remove from the heat.

  • 5.

    Put ¾ of the soup into a food processor and process until smooth.

  • 6.

    Return to the pan and stir in the cream, parsley and Parmesan.

  • 7.

    Place in a bowl and sprinkle with cheese and some pepper.

  • 8.

    Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

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Posted by MANDYWReport
The Wonderful thing about a Good Chef is that they know how to mesmerise your tastebuds thoughout the whole meal. This soup is NO ORDINARY soup! Its a must have in your collection and you will wow your guests any time of the year with its deliciously delectable taste sensation
Posted by hoselaurieReport
fantastic great flavour
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Posted by Kim205Report
what do we do with the other 1/4?
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Posted by Nicole209Report
I LOVE this recipe especially right now in winter!! I add cauliflower and brocoli too - turns out great and the kids love the green colour - they call it Shrek Soup!
Posted by Moyna3Report
Very delicious with the zucchini and parmesan.
Posted by Report
Love the soup, if I don't have basil I add a little pesto.
Posted by Abigail7Report
Great soup and very easy to make, even my mum liked it so that must mean it really was great!
Posted by Report
Made this twice it is so good. Very simple. Tasty.