Zucchini Basil Soup with Lemon

Ever make a recipe and think to yourself, “Boy that was good, but I think I can make it even better.” Such was my experience with these two zucchini soup recipes (Zucchini Basil Soup with Lemon and Zucchini Coconut Soup with Thai Basil).

The first recipe (pictured above) was inspired by a no gluten and no dairy diet that I’m currently doing. When I first tasted it, I knew it needed a little something.

Like dairy.

Oh how I love dairy, especially good quality full-fat dairy. Nor do I think it’s bad for me. That’s not why I’m currently excluding dairy. I’m doing a temporary reset/detox which is more about not having caffeine and sugar. The dairy part was optional but I figured I’d go for the full torture experience.

I will go back to dairy like a cow goes back to pasture real soon.

My point is that had I included a generous dollop of sour cream or yogurt or added some parmesan cheese I think it would have been absolutely perfect and there would have been no need for a post with two zucchini soup recipes.

Get the second zucchini soup recipe, Thai zucchini coconut soup with Thai basil, by following this link.

Where to get Craig’s books and articles:

You can see all of Craig’s amazing soup recipes, articles about bone broth, and intriguing blog posts on his site, Fearlesseating.net.  Craig has also written 3 books, The Thai Soup Secret, Fearless Broths and Soups, and The 30-Day Heartburn Solution. Craig wrote these books because he wants people to learn how to heal themselves naturally, through food. He is a bone broth pro and he uses what he learned in his travels to Southeast Asia to create amazing recipes and broths that are naturally so good for your gut health, and your whole body.

Check out some more Mediterranean Zucchini Recipes below:

Zucchini Fritters with Feta, Cheddar, Mint and Parsley

Crustless Zucchini Pie – Aglaia Kremezi

Gratin of Tomatoes and Zucchini – Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Zucchini Basil Soup with Lemon Mediterranean Zucchini Recipes Fearlesseating.net

Zucchini Basil Soup with Lemon

Graig Fear
4 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 108 kcal


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Additional Seasonings, Optional and to Taste

  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil leaves, chopped
  • Lemon wedges
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Sour cream, dollop
  • Yogurt, dollop


  • Melt butter in a medium-sized stock pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add garlic and saute for another minute or two, stirring frequently.
  • Add zucchini and saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add chicken broth and lemon zest, bring to a boil and quickly reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer until zucchini are tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add basil and stir in.
  • Puree well with an immersion blender. Alternatively, transfer small batches to a blender, blend well and return to stock pot.
  • Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve hot or chilled in individual bowls and add any additional seasonings, to taste.


Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 722mgPotassium: 715mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 730IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Craig Fear
Craig Fear is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) who specializes in helping others with chronic digestive issues. Before becoming an NTP, Craig traveled extensively in southeast Asia, which kickstarted his love of broth and soup. His training as an NTP taught him how real broths and soups help calm digestive issues such as heartburn, GERD, IBS, dysbiosis, leaky gut and more. This eventually inspired him to travel back to Thailand to learn (and eat!) more. Craig is the founder of the blog Fearless Eating where he shares recipes and digestive health tips. He is also the author The 30-Day Heartburn Solution and Fearless Broth and Soups.


  1. Sherie December 27, 2022 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I just made this soup because I needed some summer after the blizzard. It is amazing! I used a combo of butter and olive oil. I will be making this soup often since I’m not much into salads in the winter.

  2. Angela Edwards July 25, 2022 at 7:36 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Love this soup! I am planning on freezing some for the winter while we have zucchini coming in in the garden.

  3. Sharon Luke October 26, 2021 at 7:21 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Loving the flavour of this soup – creamy, fresh and very moreish.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 26, 2021 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of my new faves too! We have lots of it frozen for the Winter months. -Bill

  4. Kimberley Ducato March 12, 2021 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Oooh how I love this recipe! Thank you for this! My mom suggested adding chunks of potato to it so may try that next time.

  5. Leslie June 8, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I found this soup to be absolutely delicious!!

  6. Chrissy October 30, 2019 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Wonderful soup! I used olive oil instead of butter and we all loved it. I’ll be making this again.

  7. Erin August 11, 2019 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Could you substitute cucumber for the zucchini?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. August 13, 2019 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried it with cucumber, but I think it would become very liquidy. The flavor would probably be good though.

  8. Yajaira April 17, 2019 at 4:54 am - Reply

    What is the serving size?

  9. Sarah Fite August 9, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Super awesome!! Amazing how good it is with just natural flavors!

  10. Kay L Tomlinson August 3, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Another fabulous recipe! Really enjoyed this one–a unique flavor, and so appealing. Love it!

4 from 21 votes (18 ratings without comment)

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