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Zucchini Soup & My Christmas Lunch

For ten years, I’ve had a lunch with friends where I serve this delicious Zucchini Sausage Soup. My husband had a bad experience with zucchini’s growing up, and though he’s a very tolerant man, I’ve decided not to subject him to this type of torture. Instead, I lunch with my friends over this hearty and delicious meal.

Zucchini Sausage Soup

Before I get to the recipe…our elf J.J., has been very mysterious and colored on our large family portrait with a dry erase marker making marks on our faces  (It’s ok, it wipes off on glass).  Last night, he got into my handmade gumdrop Christmas treat.

(taken with my phone)

But we’re having fun having this little elf in our home for the first time.

My mom introduced this soup to me a few years ago, and I just love it.  Here is the handmade invitation I made 8 years ago, the first time I had the lunch with friends:

That’s my old phone number, so don’t try calling it;) I didn’t get enough time to make an invitation with my number this year, but had a few close friends over to eat my soup. It’s even red and green…Christmas-y!

Zucchini Soup

6 Tbsp olive oli
1/4 garlic powder/salt
5 fresh zucchini
 8 oz. cans tomoato sauce
16 oz. can diced peeled tomoatoes
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp onion powder
1 lb. ground sausage
16 oz. shredded colby jack cheese
Cook ground sausage, set aside. Cut up fresh zucchini into cubes. Cook zucchini in oil, butter, garlic, onion until soft. Throw in cooked sausage, tomato sauce, diced tomoatoes, and a little water if needed. Simmer until hot. Add shredded cheese at the end just before serving. *I don’t like onions, so I use onion salt, but for the lovers, you can cook them with meat or zucchini.

This is for 4-5 people, I double this for a group of 10. Very hearty and filling!

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  1. 1

    What a fun tradition with friends…I love your poem! I wish I would be more adventurous to get my friends together.

  2. 2
    Tasha Moore says:

    Oh my goodness, that soup looks divine! I love zucchini’s, and add in some sausage–YUM. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 3

    Love the cute elf on a shelf ideas. Never thought of the glass on a picture frame to be like a dry erase board. The soup looks pretty tasty, too. I like the candy trees in the center…did you make those?

  4. 4

    Ha! I love that candy machine in the background…it even has Christmas colored candies in it!

  5. 5

    That invitation is adorable!

  6. 6

    I got that recipe from you last year and my husband LOVES it! He gets so excited when I make it. It is SO good! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. 7

    Can I ask where you got that great green & white tablecloth? I’m in love with it!

  8. 8

    I had to laugh. I love zucchini but I am the only one who does in my family. Yours looks wonderful, so wonderful that I’d be glad to make it and not have to share.

  9. 9

    I had to return to let you know I stood in the soup aisle today craving soup to combat my cold. Nothing sounded good. I remembered your soup, scooped up the ingredients and had it for lunch. It was all I had hoped it would be and more. I can’t wait to make it again.

  10. 10
    Kristen Duke says:

    Suzanne, That makes me so happy to hear! It is oh so yummy and hearty, and I can see it clearing your cold right up!

  11. 11

    you always have the yummiest recipes!

  12. 12

    Thanks so much for an AWESOME soup recipe! We all love love love this! We’ve made it and posted it over at our blog! Thanks again for sharing!

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2012/01/this-weeks-cravings-63-soups-casseroles.html

  13. 13

    I’m a great grandmother and you’d think I’d be out of this stage of my life (having parties at the drop of a tought) but I love people and want to include them as often as possible into my life. My husband, because he is awesome, supports me in whatever I want to do. Married 48 years on Dec. 19, we have had plenty of parties. You sound like my kind of girl. I’d like to join you.
    I’m making the zuke soup with sausage flavored tvp, (vegetarians) for one of my get-togethers.
    Merry Christmas

    • 14
      Kristen Duke says:

      That’s wonderful to hear! I just made this very soup today!!! I love a party girl, I think we would be friends;)

  14. 15
    Janell Raica says:

    So glad you posted this soup recipe! It was so Yummy!

  15. 16

    Your soup sounds delicious, I have “pinned” it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. 17
    Calien Laure says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve got a bunch of zucchini in the fridge now and I didn’t really want to make more bread with them. This sounds yummy and I have pretty much everything in my house to make it now. :)

  17. 18

    Looks delicious! I’ll be making it soon! :)

  18. 19

    This soup looks yummy! I assume that the 1/4 garlic is a 1/4 tsp. Thanks for sharing great recipe.

  19. 20

    Is the sausage Italian or breakfast-type like Jimmy Dean?

  20. 21

    Just found this recipe on Pinterest, can’t wait to make it! I love zucchini but my husband is all about meat!
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