Courgette and pepper soup is a great homemade soup to have on the table within 30 minutes and feeds a hungry crowd anytime.
Courgette and pepper soup appears regularly on my lunch and dinner table. I love making soup and this simple soup is one my family all enjoy.
Courgettes are a really easy vegetable to grow in pots in our back gardens and this courgette and pepper soup recipe makes great use of them.
However many people disregard courgettes as tasteless, I disagree. It’s a much maligned vegetable, however one I love to eat, provided they are cooked properly!
I grow these every year in my small vegetable patch. I love pretty much all vegetables and I like to use courgettes to bulk up meat-free meals.
However, courgettes can be so much more than that, they can be the star of the show. They form the basis of my favourite bowl of pasta, tossed simply with some olive oil, lemon, basil and a grating of Parmesan cheese.
I adore them roasted with other vegetables and if you core, stuff and bake them they are truly delicious. They also make one of my favourites soups. Put simply, if treated well, courgettes are both versatile and very tasty.
This recipe is the one I pull together when I have unexpected or last minute guests to feed. This simple courgette and sweet pepper soup can be prepared and on the table in no time at all.
Funnily enough it’s also a soup that’s great for feeding to kids as it’s a great way to get vegetables into their diets.
This soup always reminds me of my lovely niece Reni, who was a very fussy eater as a child. Like my youngest daughter she treated every meal with suspicion! On one particular visit to my house I had made this soup for lunch.
My sister and I were upstairs sorting through some stuff. When I mentioned what we were having for lunch my sister was quite certain that there was no way Reni was going to eat a bowl of this soup!
When we went downstairs my husband had served lunch and there was Reni sat at the table eating soup! We suspect she didn’t want to question her Uncle quite as much as she would have me, had I been serving.
Regardless Reni polished off 2 bowls of this soup and she still makes it herself today.
This soup forms the basis of any cream soup I create. I start with a base of butter onion and garlic, then I add the vegetables of my choice.
Carrots and parsnip over the winter months. Broccoli and cauliflower another great tasting combination and if you melt a little blue cheese into it, you elevate it even further.
However, I’ve used courgette and pepper in this recipe, the flavours work really well together and one doesn’t overpower the other. It is a lovely fresh tasting bowl of soup.
I like to enjoy lighter, fresh tasting soups over the Summer months and this soup hits the spot.
If you don’t have fresh peppers, then you could use jarred ones instead, simply make sure you give them a good wash to remove any oil and give them a dry with kitchen towel.
How can I serve courgette & pepper soup to Vegetarian or Vegan diners?
This soup can be simply altered if serving vegetarian or vegan diners. Simply substitute the butter with either oil or a vegan alternative. Then omit the cream entirely.
Very often I leave the cream out altogether when making this soup for my family and nobody complains or notices the difference.
Can I prepare this soup in advance?
Courgette and pepper soup is so quick to make that I usually make it just before I’m ready to eat it.
However, it’s also a great prep ahead dish. Simply make the soup as per the recipe card, allow it to cool completely before putting it in a container and popping it into the fridge.
It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, but not much longer as it contains cream. If you want to keep longer I would recommend freezing the soup.
Can I freeze this soup?
I always like to keep batches of homemade soup in the freezer as they make a great quick meal. When I make soup I usually make a double batch. Some to enjoy now and some to freeze and enjoy later.
To freeze this soup simply allow it to completely cool and place in a suitable freezer proof container.
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Additional recipe suggestions:
For another great recipe for using up a glut of courgettes try our Courgette Pasta, this satisfying Courgette & Chorizo Gnocchi, or our simple Courgette Fritters, or this delicious Quick Courgette & Shallot Pickle.
If you like this soup then why not try one of our other creamy soups, like our Creamy Parsnip Soup.
courgette and pepper soup
- 50 g butter
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 3 courgettes (roughly chopped)
- 5 sweet peppers (de-seeded and roughly chopped)
- vegetable stock
- 150 ml single cream
- salt & pepper
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and a large pinch of salt (the salt stops the onions from browning) and saute gently for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, courgette and peppers and continute to saute for a further minute.
- Add vegetable stock to the pan so that it comes to a level approximately 1cm below the level of the vegetables. [Courgettes and peppers are full of water and vary greatly in size, by doing it this way rather than stipulating a quantity of stock, you will avoid having a watery soup. You can always add more stock later if you need it, but you can’t take it away!]
- Simmer the soup for 10 minutes, stir through the cream and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Blitz the soup using a stick blender and serve.
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only •