Zucchini and cheese soup

January 11, 2010  •  Category:

I got this recipe from my cousin Nicole who lives in Paris; I saw her in Beirut for Christmas lunch but on the spur of the moment gave her gift  to my aunt Claire instead, so my aunt got two gifts and Nicole got none from me. So I feel bad;  I will send her something from Texas, maybe a belt buckle or some Pecan Pralines 🙂

This recipe is quick and easy. Nicole is a nurse and does not have time to cook.  For each zucchini you need one wedge of cheese. Cook the zucchini in some chicken bouillon, add the cheese wedges and whirl in the blender. It will take 5 minutes of your time and the soup tastes like a million dollars.

Get some small zucchini;  in Texas, they are found at Mexican groceries. These resemble the Lebanese ones, if not in taste at least in looks. Get someVache qui rit, or any processed cheese sold in wedges in a cardboard box.


  • 1 quart of chicken stock
  • 6 zucchini
  • 6 wedges of cheese
  • 1/2 cup of chopped leeks (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil


  1. Clean and slice the zucchinis
  2. Heat the butter or oil and add the zucchinis; if using leeks, add them too. Fry for a few minutes.
  3. Heat the stock, add the vegetables and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture in a blender, add the cheese wedges and puree for a minute.
  5. Serve hot.


The above are zucchini (called koossa) from our orchard in Deir el-Kamar; in the summer, we eat them every day, lunch and dinner, just barely boiled; they are so  sweet!  Wonderful. I wish I could send you all a basket!



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  1. Arlette says:

    Sahtein , looks good
    I don’t find the Lebanese Zucchini in the market here
    I am not a soup person.. love zucchini gratin and Ablama or with grape leaves….
    thanks for sharing

  2. Charles G Thompson says:

    La Vache Qui Rit! I remember it well from when I lived in France. Your soup looks delicious.

  3. Rosa says:

    A lovely soup!



  4. Fouad says:

    Jibnet il ba2ra il da7ika, la vache qui rit! hehehehe
    This looks like a really fun soup, I have to say. And it’s very easy! I’ll give it a go and let you know how it went


  5. Julie says:

    Ah ah, c’est une recette que je fais aussi assez souvent, je l’aime bien avec le fromage ça la rend crémeuse! Puis je ne me lasse pas de manger des courgettes!

    Gros bisous

  6. delices eyes says:

    Cette soupe est très tentante, l’ajout de la vache qui rit me plait beaucoup.
    Bonne journée

  7. Kate/Kajal says:

    Simple, nutritious and yummy, i’ll surly be making this soup. Thanks for sharing.

  8. SE says:

    Never tried this combination in a soup…thanks for sharing..

  9. Bethany says:

    Joumana- i loooove koussa…I’ve not had it for a couple of months now since leaving Lebanon. I’ve found some here in some Middle Eastern stores but they are always so bruised and unpleasant looking. I’ve given up! This soup does sound absolutely scrummy and in good time!

  10. Joanne says:

    I love zucchini and can’t ever wait until they start to be in season. I will definitely be making this during the summer!

  11. Doria says:

    Une bonne soupe bien délicieuse avec cette vache qui rit !
    Je suis intéressée par ton jeu mais je n’ai pas trop compris ou il fallait s’inscrire !
    Bisous, Doria

  12. tobias cooks! says:

    La vache qui rit makes this super creamy I am sure.

  13. Simply Life says:

    oh this soup looks great!

  14. Marysol says:

    Wow, that’s even faster to make than my zucchini soup. And it looks and sounds just as delicious, with its Laughing Cow cheese addition!

  15. Peter says:

    Joumana, I love this soup! It’s remarkably easy and apparently very popular with the school children in France. Consider me a big kid.

  16. dana says:

    What a wonderful idea. I have to give this a try.


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