I adapted this recipe from another I'd come across and created something a little more hearty and creamy. All it needs is the right combination of spices. This is an extremely simple soup to create, and it goes well with any type of hearth or grainy bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the summer squash, zucchini, vegetable stock, half-and-half, and tarragon into a large soup pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

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  • Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until nearly smooth, and pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the cooking pot.

  • Sprinkle the Cheddar cheese into the hot soup, and allow to melt; stir until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the lemon juice, and top with a sprinkling of tarragon to serve.

Nutrition Facts

163 calories; protein 8.2g 16% DV; carbohydrates 8.8g 3% DV; fat 11.4g 18% DV; cholesterol 34.7mg 12% DV; sodium 286mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2011
Not only is this a great soup I have found another good use for this recipe! Use it in a casserole instead of cream of mushroom/celery/ chicken soup. It makes a wonderful base for casserole dishes and you are using less sodium and chemicals from the canned soup stuff! I used it in a rice/chicken casserole bake and it was so much more flavorful than using canned soup. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/13/2014
I found this soup to be quite bland. It needed something more. Read More
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54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2011
Not only is this a great soup I have found another good use for this recipe! Use it in a casserole instead of cream of mushroom/celery/ chicken soup. It makes a wonderful base for casserole dishes and you are using less sodium and chemicals from the canned soup stuff! I used it in a rice/chicken casserole bake and it was so much more flavorful than using canned soup. Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2011
This is DA BOMB! I could not find half the ingredients so I substituted a lot. First, I used tabel queen squash (from my garden). I took out the seeds, peeled it, and chopped into chunks. Second I could not find tarragon so I used fresh basil from my garden. I could not find vegetable stock so I used chicken stock. I used fresh lemons and squeezed them. I also used garlic salt instead of sea salt. Oh, I used instant potatoes to thicken the soup to my tastes. I am a FAN FOR LIFE! yum! Oh, and the bread I coated with butter and garlic salt and put on the top rack of my oven to toast. Next time I am going to add chicken. I think chicken would finish this recipie nicely. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2011
This soup was fairly easy to make and tasted great. Although the name makes it sound like a summertime soup it definitely tastes like a heavier fall or winter soup. I tried this out on my parents for a dinner party they are having and they loved it! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2012
I loved this recipe. I did use fresh basil rather than tarragon because that is what I had in the garden. I am making a few batches to freeze so that I can enjoy this soup during the cooler months. In order to freeze it I omitted the 1/2 and 1/2 and cheese. I will add those ingredients after thawing. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2011
This soup was a delicious way to use up the huge amounts of summer squash I've been getting from my CSA. I made a few changes: I diced half of a small red onion and sauteed in butter before step 1. I replaced the terragon with thai basil and the half and half with hemp milk because that was all I had. Turned out great though. I would give it 5 stars but even with the addition of the onion it was just a bit bland for my taste. Next time I will add celery in with the onion and maybe a tiny bit of either jalapeno or cayenne pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2011
My family loved this recipe. I made it pretty much per the instructions except I added fresh basil from the garden and used chicken stock instead of vegetable. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2012
Very good soup! I didn't have zucchini so I used celery instead. I also cooked some garlic and onions with the celery in olive oil before adding the squash. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2011
I did like this recipe and I added a few of my own spices to give it more flavor; spinach and herb spice some basil and parsley; It could be even more jazzed up with some curry powder and I will try that next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2012
I made lots of changes so it is hard to rate the absolute original recipe but I used it as a base and went from there. My changes: no half and half used full fat plain yogurt instead i no zucchini but had broccoli shreds instead 1 whole yellow onion sauteed in butter combination of veggie stock and chicken stock dried tarragon instead of fresh.using the cheese as garnish rather than in the body of the soup So with those changes it was delish. I pureed most of the veggies left some of them a bit chunky for some mouth feel. I am tempted to use the instant potato flakes like one other reviewer suggested as I added too much yogurt and it came out a bit runny.. but maybe I'll just do that for half. I did not add garlic as I usually would as this stayed lighter and fresher with just the tarragon. I will make this again!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/13/2014
I found this soup to be quite bland. It needed something more. Read More
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