Chilled Summer Squash Soup With Yogurt, Mint, and Sourdough Croutons Recipe

Lauren Rothman

Notes: Extra virgin olive oil can be substituted for the butter in the soup, if desired. If you don't want to use your oven, the croutons can be prepared in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium heat, shaking and tossing frequently until well-browned and crisp, about 7 minutes.They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days. If they soften, they can be recrisped in a toaster oven set to 350°F for 3 to 5 minutes.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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For the Soup:

  • 3 tablespoons butter (see note)

  • 1 medium bunch green onions, white and green parts, chopped

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds mixed summer squash (green or yellow zucchini, crookneck, pattypan), chopped into medium pieces

  • About 3 cups water

  • 1 cup plain yogurt, low fat or full fat

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves plus additional, for serving

For the Croutons:

  • Half a medium loaf of sourdough bread, cut into a 1/2" dice (about 3 cups bread cubes)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs, such as herbes de provence (optional)


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F (see note). Heat butter in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until melted. Add green onions and garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and garlic begin to sweat but do not brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add summer squash and season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until squash begins to sweat but does not brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add enough water so that squash is almost, but not fully, covered, about 3 cups. Cover saucepan partially and lower heat to medium-low. Simmer until squash is just tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.

  3. While soup is simmering, prepare the croutons. In a large bowl, toss cubed bread with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and dried herbs, if using. Turn out onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until well-browned and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

  4. Use a hand blender to blend soup until mostly smooth. Alternatively, blend soup in a blender in two batches. Add yogurt and mint and blend until totally smooth (again, working in batches if using standard blender), about 1 minute. Strain soup through fine mesh strainer if desired.

  5. Let soup cool at room temperature for one hour, stirring occasionally. Transfer to refrigerator and let cool, stirring occasionally, until well chilled, about 45 minutes. Check soup for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, yogurt or mint to taste. Serve in bowls, garnished with additional chopped mint and a handful of croutons.

Special Equipment

Blender or hand blender

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
203 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 465mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 612mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)