Dishing Up the Dirt

Zucchini Basil Soup with Fried Shallots

You guys rule! Every single one of you. Thank you for following the blog, cooking Tumbleweed Farm recipes and sending your unconditional good vibes from all over the world right to our farm. Taylor and I feel the love and damn it, when things get tough it’s good to know folks are rooting for us from all over. It seriously means the world to us!

A lot of you have offered to help us through this tough time with the deer fencing that we need to budget for. As much as we love the idea of a crowd fundraising to support the cause it’s a little out of our comfort zone. We’ve chatted and we decided the best way for folks to support us is to shop at their local farmers market and heck, buy the “ugly” lettuce that has some nibbles in it! Small farmers struggle all over the country and we want to spread the “local” love as much as possible. We may revisit a fundraising in the future but for now we just want folks to support their local small farms. Thanks again for the amazing offer!

Since it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster of a week we’ve turned to comfort food. Nothing soothes the soul more than a bowl of creamy, farm fresh soup. This recipe was inspired by one of our amazing CSA members-Greta (you may remember her from a few posts back  because she came and spent an entire morning weeding carrots for us!) After her morning of carrot weeding she shared a recipe she made with her CSA share the previous week. I loved the sound of her soup and couldn’t wait to whip it up in the Tumbleweed Farm kitchen.

This soup is the definition of simplicity. The list of ingredients is short, but the fresh flavors and creamy texture absolutely shine. Don’t be fooled by how basic this is, it’s a crowd pleaser (we got 4 very enthusiastic thumbs up from our neighbors) and I’m actually going to share it as a recipe of the week for our CSA members soon because it’s absolutely delightful. Pair this soup with a glass of your favorite summer wine and enjoy the fresh flavors of the season. Cheers from Tumbleweed!


Zucchini Basil Soup with Fried Shallots

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, ends trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups vegetable broth + additional to thin if necessary
  • 1/3 cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
For the fried shallots
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or another high heat cooking oil)
  • salt + pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often until fragrant and softened. About 5 minutes. Add chopped zucchini and a healthy pinch of salt. Cook for an addition 3-5 minutes. Add 3 cups of vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped basil to the soup and puree- either with an immersion blender or in batches, transfer the soup to a blender and whirl away until smooth and creamy. If the soup is too thick add additional stock or water.
  3. Taste test and season with plenty of salt and pepper. Keep the soup warm while you prepare the shallots.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced shallots and fry until lightly browned on both sides. About 2 minutes per side, watch carefully to make sure you don't burn them! Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and top with fried shallots and season with additional salt + pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Taste test as you go *Cooking times will vary from kitchen to kitchen *Have fun while preparing this meal

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10 thoughts on “Zucchini Basil Soup with Fried Shallots

  1. Haley says:

    I live in Northern France, and with all the zucchini (& the handful of shallots!) I picked up from our local farm this week, I must give this recipe a try soon! There’s something about the texture and taste of zucchini that makes it so versatile and delicious in so many different ways. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Natalie says:

    You’re inspiring, my dear! Thanks for doing what you do! Keep your head up 🙂 🙂

    1. Wendy says:

      Andrea, Rosie and I made this soup last night. DELICIOUS. (I also had it for lunch today….it’s equally scrumptious cold!)

      1. Andrea says:

        Wendy! So happy you ladies enjoyed the soup as much as we do! Happy zucchini season. xo

  3. Lauren C says:

    We are here for y’all! I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon strolling through my local farmers’ market and the stalls were overflowing with goodness. We’re supposed to have a bit of rainy weather this week and this soup looks like just the ticket. 🙂

  4. Mary Ellen says:

    I al ways laugh when my daughters (who are young adults!) are grossed out by ugly lettuce with slugs in amongst the leaves. I figure if the slugs find it tasty it must be good, and probably safer to eat than some of the sanitized, too-beautiful-to-be-real lettuces I see in the big groceries. Honestly, I don’t know how farmers grow pretty lettuce. In my home garden, it’s always ugly. But tasty.
    Thank you for your blog!

  5. Marissa says:

    This was really yummy, especially considering the short list of ingredients. thanks for another winner.

  6. Ale says:

    Love this recipe, I so wish I had a farm!!!!

  7. Kristie Saumure says:

    Thanks for another jaw droppingly good recipe. The fried shallots really took it over the top. This will be in our regular rotation :).

  8. says:

    Tried this – we both loved it; great comfort food. Is there a way to find out calories for this and other recipes? If not I can figure it out by ingredient, but maybe I’m just missing it.

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