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Zucchini Garden Chowder

Got more zucchini?

I bought some at a good price while we were up in the mountains last week and wished I had bought more as I contemplated all my favorite zucchini recipes. A number of years ago when I was recuperating from surgery a friend made me this soup. Rob and I both like soups and this is one of our favorites. I have never made it from frozen zucchini, but I think that would work as long as it was well drained.

Zucchini Garden Chowder

2 medium zucchini, shredded or thinly sliced
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
2 Tbsps. oil
2 Tbsps. flour
dash pepper
1 tsp. sugar
3 cups water
1 Tbsp. chicken soup base
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated skim milk
1 can corn, drained (can use frozen)
2 cups shredded yellow cheese
Fresh parsley for garnish, if desired

In a large soup kettle heat oil and saute zucchini and onion until vegetables are tender. Stir in flour, pepper, Italian Seasoning, and sugar. Gradually stir in water, chicken soup base, tomatoes, and corn. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 5 mins. Add evaporated milk and then heat another minute before stirring in the cheese. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Makes 8-10 servings or about 2 1/2 quarts.

Here's a picture of the shredded zucchini:

picture of Shredded Zucchini

This is what the finished chowder looks like. A picture of soup does not always convey how delicious it actually is. This one is quite tasty.

picture of Zucchini Chowder


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14 Comments on “Zucchini Garden Chowder”

  1. #1 Doodie
    on Oct 1st, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    When we lived in South Bend, IN, we had a “Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Back Porch” night. Wish I had some of those zucchini now!

  2. #2 Carol
    on Oct 3rd, 2009 at 3:31 pm


    I’m making the soup right now! I’ve made some changes (no tomato for on thing) – and me being me 🙂 I didn’t measure much of anything – but it is looking GOOD! Can’t wait to eat it. Thanks for giving me another use for the shredded Zuch in my freezer!……. DONE! And Fabulous!

  3. #3 Becka
    on Oct 3rd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I’m glad that you tried the soup and hope that you enjoy it. I didn’t know if I would like the tomato in it either, but somehow it works. I’m sure it would be tasty without it as well. Glad you found another use for your frozen zucchini.

  4. #4 Deb
    on Oct 5th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Our zucchini has been long gone, so I would need to use frozen that we’ve stocked in the freezer. We love zucchni anything! I’ll bookmark this recipe. Thank you!

  5. #5 Rhonda
    on Oct 5th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    We love soups, and this one sounds delicious!

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Oct 7th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    That soup looks wonderful! The apple dumplings were good too, but I was reminded how much I don’t enjoy working with pastry. . . I think I need a lesson!

  7. #7 Becka
    on Oct 7th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Carrie, we will have to plan a pastry lesson the next time we are in the same time zone!

  8. #8 Shannah
    on Oct 8th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    This looks amazing! My parents are in the US for a few more days, so we’re having “Christmas in October” on Saturday with a mid-afternoon soup meal. I think I might have to try this if I can come up with zucchini!

    Have you ever had chocolate zucchini cookies? I think that’s one of my all-time favorite zucchini recipes.

  9. #9 Becka
    on Oct 8th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Merry Christmas, Shannah! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family while you are all here together.
    I have not had chocolate zucchini cookies, but I have had chocolate zucchini cake.
    The farmer’s market on Rutherford Road ususally has zucchini at a lower price than in the local stores.

  10. #10 Ann
    on Oct 17th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I made your soup this week and it was delicious! My husband didn’t have quite as much to say about it, but that was probably because he discovered it had shredded zucchini in it. 🙂 I think he actually liked it but wasn’t about to admit it! I bought more zucchini this morning (at sale at Ingles for 88 cents a pound) to shred and put in the freezer to make some more soon. Next time I’ll probably use Velveeta instead of shredded cheddar. Thank you for a good recipe.

  11. #11 Ann
    on Oct 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I hope you don’t mind if I linked this recipe to my own blog –

  12. #12 Becka
    on Oct 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Ann, I don’t mind if you posted the soup recipe on your blog. I’m glad you enjoyed it and hope others will as well. I saw that zucchini for sale at Ingles this week, too, but the squash at the Ingles near me wasn’t very nice so I ended up getting some at the Farmer’s Market.

  13. #13 Ann
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m making your soup this afternoon – perfect for a rainy day – couldn’t remember where I saw it and looked high and low on Taste of and Finally remembered it was on here!

  14. #14 Becka
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Ann, I hope you like the zucchini chowder. It is one of our favorites.

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