Soups, Stews and Chili/ Vegetarian Recipes

Italian Style Zucchini and Tomato Soup

Italian style zucchini and tomato soup or stew is our mom’s favorite recipe, and one she has been making since we can remember.  It is a very light vegetable dish full of flavor, and made with only onions, parsley, fresh tomatoes and water.
Making this a low calorie, low fat vegetable dish that is big on flavor!  

This soup is super versatile – you can eat it chunky or pureed. Equally delicious! You can easily serve this to kids as well, especially to little ones, like my 3 year old grandson.  Just puree a small amount, add 1 tablespoon of “pastina” pasta to the soup with 2 tablespoons of water, simmer for 5 minutes and serve.  My grandson Erik loved it!
Light enough to serve as the first course.  It’s an ideal dish for my vegetarian and gluten-free friends.  Even perfect for weight-watchers too!   Who said healthy can’t be delicious?

Italian Style Zucchini Soup

  • 4 large zucchini – skins lightly scraped, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions – chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 fresh ripe tomatoes- chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley -minced
  • 2 to 4 cups of water
  • optional:  grated parmesan cheese for the table

Using a soft edge knife, lightly scrape the skins from the zucchini, cut ends off and discard them. Chop zucchini into small pieces and add them to a bowl of cold water.

In the meantime, in a medium or large pot, such as those used for soups, add olive oil and onion and saute on medium heat until onions are soft.

Add cayenne pepper, parsley, tomatoes and salt.  Cover with lid and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain the zucchini and add to the mixture. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring often.

Pour enough water into pot until water is leveled with the zucchini.

Raise heat and bring to boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
Taste for salt, adjust if needed. Remove and serve.
Optional: Serve with some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table.

Serves 4 to 6

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  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Wow – you have been reading my mind! Haha – try a dash of balsamic vinegar in this soup – I was amazed how it perked up the tomato flavor in mine. Love your simple soup and I know it must be tasty. Guess you are getting some rain too – lovely weather – I'd rather have snow!

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      January 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Hey thanks for the tip Tricia- we will definitely try that. Yep, we are getting all that rain here too- gosh I wish it was snow as well!

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    nicole nadel
    January 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm


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      January 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Your boys will love this one for sure!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    January 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    This soup looks delicious on every level and perfect for this winter weather. So nicely done, ladies!

    • Reply
      January 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Hey Dan- thanks for your sweet compliment! Enjoy!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I have some frozen Roma tomatoes in the freezer just waiting for a recipe like this! It looks warm and so delicious. Love your recipes!

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      January 14, 2015 at 1:41 am

      Thank you! The Roma tomatoes are perfect for this recipe. Thanks again for your compliment.

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