Soup season is upon us! I am that person that could actually eat soup everyday for a week, or even month and wouldn’t get sick of all soup has to offer. Growing up I had the luxury of eating my mom’s many delicious soup varieties and I find myself craving my mom’s vegetable soup on cold days, or any day for that matter. I decided to create a soup that was inspired by a zucchini soup I slurped up in Fez, Morocco, a few months back, the insane amount of zucchini’s and mint that my garden spat up this year were also inspiration! I love traditional Moroccan spices and the Moroccan’s have a way of pairing these with mint ever so well, I thought, maybe I can try! Well, I’d say my Zucchini Mint Moroccan Soup is a perfect balance of those warm spices and a little hint of freshness.
During my recent trip to Fez, Morocco, I had gotten lost in the medina’s winding and never-ending roads, every corner looks similar and it is extremely easy to lose your sense of navigation! I had been walking and bartering all day and my stomach was grumbling, I had made up my mind to try to get back to my riad (hotel) and I would order dinner from the chef there. Well, minute after minute I was finding myself not recognizing anything and seemingly feeling more lost than ever and then I noticed a small sign pointing me towards, The Ruined Garden, it caught my eye and senses for some reason and I thought, what the heck, let’s check it out. Turned out to be one of my favorite food finds during my trip in Fez! This stunning restaurant was truly a secret garden, an old refurbished merchant’s house made into a dreamy café/restaurant which also housed a bread making school! The menu was exciting and I wanted to try it all! I started with a zucchini soup, so beautifully seasoned and creamy, I still think of it to this day. I knew in the right time I had to try to create a version of this soup, well what better time when my garden grew plenty of juicy and flavorful zucchini. This Zucchini Mint Moroccan Soup is perfect to cozy up with and pair with a thick slice of bread with fresh avocado smothered on it, YUM!
Another reason I adore soup, most of them take less than 30 minutes and you’ve got meals for a couple of days at least. With just a few ingredients and no more than 30 minutes, you’ll have a pot of Zucchini Mint Moroccan Soup to curl up with as well!
Here is what you will need to make 4 large servings:
1 tbsp olive oil or oil of your choice (I use avocado oil)
1 medium yellow onion – chopped
1-2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp turmeric
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 medium zucchini’s (approximately 5 cups) – chopped
4 cups of water
5 fresh medium mint leaves – diced
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Heat oil in medium pot over medium heat.
Add chopped onions and garlic, stir frequently, saute/sweat for approximately 5 minutes.
Add all your spices to the bottom of the pot and let them heat up, 2 minutes until fragrant.
Add your chopped zucchini and mint, stir well, allow this mixture to cook for 5 minutes, stirring a few times.
Add your water, bring to a boil and simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes.
If you have a hand-held soup blender, perfect, blend up your soup in the pot until creamy. If you don’t (which I do not), ladle your soup carefully into your blender (it’s hot, be careful!) and blend on high until creamy, then pour back into your pot.
Add your fresh lemon juice, any needed salt & pepper, toast of that bread and mop that soup up!
Hope you all love my Moroccan Inspired Zucchini Mint Soup, let me know what you think when you make it! Tag me on Instagram of Facebook, I’d love to hear from you, xoxo!