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Quick Cream of Zucchini Soup

 Quick Cream of Zucchini Soup
Because this soup is very easy to prepare, I reach for it often in the summer when I'm busy playing volleyball and baseball. It's also a great way to use up excess zucchini.
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • Paprika and additional zucchini, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute zucchini, onion and carrot in butter until
  • crisp-tender. Add the broth, tarragon, salt, pepper and garlic
  • powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20
  • minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a blender. Cover and process until pureed; return to pan.
  • Add milk; heat through. Garnish with paprika and zucchini if
  • desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 132 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 857 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.