A perfect light meal for the hot weather AND it utilizes leftovers, this carrot and roasted zucchini soup will put your garden veggies to great use!
Holy, moly, is my vegetable garden ever doing well! I finally got around to one after years of saying I would do one again and I am just rolling in the veggies. Specifically zucchini. Not that I am complaining since zucchinis are one of my favourite veggies, but the amount I get each day is insane! I even went with a mix of yellow and green, however, I see my local grocery stores are carrying grey zucchini and now I wish I had grown some of them.
That aside, I knew I really had to get onto making zucchini recipes or all my hard work would go to waste. If you remember, I posted my curry whole chicken in the slow cooker with creamer potatoes for The Little Potato Company this past Monday. Well, I used the chicken carcass from that meal and made a homemade chicken stock! Then, taking it a step further, I made this entire carrot and roasted zucchini soup with that broth! Win!
Utilizing leftovers is something I really love doing here and not only was the chicken used up, but the broth was devoured as well! I made my homemade chicken stock in the slow cooker this time (and I have yet to put a recipe online for it, however, I have included it in the recipe notes,) but you can make it on the stove top like I have in the past: see homemade chicken stock. Personally, for my broths now I just throw random veggies and seasonings in. Nothing ever fails a stock and it is a great way to clean out your fridge if you have some sad looking veggies. On that note, I have added a whole jalapeno to my broth in the slow cooker and I guess cooking it over low heat for 24 hours really brought out the spice! Just saying!
Seeing as I did not want to mask the flavours of my homemade chicken broth, I kept this carrot and roasted zucchini soup very simple. You might think plain, but trust me, it packs a punch and roasting any veggie really helps bring out flavours (probably my favourite cooking method!) Add in anything you like because soup is a great way to get creative!
A light summer soup that utilizes all that zucchini from your garden!
10 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 2 1/2 lbs zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick (if your rounds are big, you can halve them.)
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced thick
- Olive oil for coating
- Salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 10-12 cups homemade chicken or vegetable broth (see note)
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Toss zucchini with enough oil to just coat the veggies. Season with salt, pepper, and place onto baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 10 minutes, toss, and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until desired brownness is achieved.
- Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add onions and carrots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt, pepper, and pour in broth. Raise to a boil, partially cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
- Remove the carrots the best you can with a slotted spoon (don't worry if you cannot get them all.) Add a little less than half the zucchini and puree with a hand blender. Add rest of the zucchini and carrots back in along with the oregano. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- To make a homemade chicken stock, just combine the chicken carcass in a slow cooker with various amounts of veggies (I used 4 large carrots, 1 large onion, 1 head of garlic, 1 zucchini, 1 sweet pepper,) and 10 cups of water to fill my slow cooker. Set on low heat and cook for 12-24 hours depending on how bold you want the broth! Make sure to season generously with salt and pepper! Strain, chill, and remove top layer of fat and you have homemade stock!
I guess it is time to change up the weekly recommendations since I totally slacked last week! I mean, you can easily be enjoying a bowl of this carrot and roasted zucchini soup while you check these out!
To see last weeks choices, visit my Broiled Grapefruit Mojitos post. And don’t fret! I am saving all these recommendations into an excel spreadsheet so you can always looks back 🙂
Song: Electric Chair by 3 Pill Morning. This band is new to me but I loved this song as soon as I heard it on Sirius XM Octane. The band has been super cool and even thanked for the following on Twitter! The link goes directly to their YouTube channel so you actually get to hear the song from them 🙂
TV Show: Doctor Who. I cannot deny it, I just LOVE this show! For many years I scoffed it off because my dad said it had a horrible premise and I tend to believe him since he is my go-to sci-fi guy. How wrong he was! I am ashamed I was so easy to convince to pass over on such a great show. I even got my husband into it. Don’t ask who my favourite Doctor is because I find wonderful qualities in them all!
Movie: Galaxy Quest. Continuing on from my love on sci-fi, I imagined many people thought this movie would be a flop but I am pretty sure Trekkies consider it a Star Trek movie in itself! It is fun, harmless, and totally worth the watch! My dad definitely got us hooked on this one.
Book: Still Life with June by Darren Greer. There are many books I will never read, or some I will never pick up. I feel this book would have been passed over if not for being one of my required University readings. The book was fantastic and that says a lot since I am not usually a fan of Canadian novels (I know, I live in Canada, but we have a different writing technique it seems.) Just one of the many reasons I am so glad I specialized in English 🙂
Video Game: Stardew Valley. I actually just bought this game during the Steam summer sale and have over 50 hours into it! ONE person developed this game.ONE. That is insane. Totally reminiscent of Harvest Moon games. I cannot get enough of it!