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Creamy Coconut Paprika Zucchini Soup

35 min


One-bowl / one-pot


10 ingredients or less

This soup is luscious; fantastic for the fall, with bold, warm, and rich flavours. It's easily one of our favourite soups, and one we continue to make time and time again!



35 min


10 min


25 min

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  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    medium onions, diced
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1
    zucchini, chopped
  • 3
    red bell peppers, chopped (also known as paprikas)
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground coriander
  • ¼ cup (28 g)
    sun-dried bell pepper in oil, drained
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned full-fat coconut milk

Optional garnishes


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pot.
  2. Add the garlic and bouillon cubes and stir until the cubes have dissolved and the garlic is fragrant, about 1 - 2 minutes.
  3. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, coriander, and sun-dried bell pepper to the pot, and sauté for 4 - 5 minutes.
  4. Add the water, and bring everything to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and partially cover with a lid. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut milk, let it heat through, then purée the soup with an immersion blender or standing blender until creamy.
  6. Serve, garnish, and enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Viktorina - Jan. 30, 2023, 10:03 p.m.

Hi Sadia, thanks so much for this recipe! I’ve only recently discovered your blog and this is the first things I’ve made - absolutely delicious!!! And though I could not seem to find the sun-dried paprika, I actually just added the spice red paprika to add a bit more sweetness. The soup for the soul turned out delicious! Can’t wait to try more dishes following your recipes 😋🤗

PUL Team - Feb. 1, 2023, 4:33 a.m.

Our warmest welcome to the PUL community, Viktorina! So happy the recipe was enjoyed with the lovely modifications. Happy cooking 🤗

Diane - Jan. 15, 2023, 5:46 a.m.

Question: I'm entirely unable to find sun-dried bell pepper in oil at any local stores, health food stores, or on Amazon. I'm thinking I'll have to substitute with the jarred roasted red peppers instead. Do you suggest adding anything else to get more depth of flavour since I can't get the sun dried version?

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2023, 12:11 a.m.

Hey Diane, it seems like sun-dried bell pepper in oil is harder to find these days! You can use sun-dried tomatoes instead if that's more accessible. If you prefer to use peppers, roasted red peppers are a nice alternative. You can adjust the spices to taste if needed, for example adding a bit of chili pepper or ground black pepper for an extra kick 🙂

Diane - Jan. 16, 2023, 10:44 p.m.

Thanks ever so much for your reply. Shall do.

Jerald - Dec. 19, 2022, 12:45 a.m.

I liked the recipe. However, the ingredients list does not show paprika (it does call for a 1/4 cup dried bell pepper) but the title references it and the directions call for dried paprika! Is there a mistake here?

PUL Team - Dec. 19, 2022, 3:15 p.m.

Hi there, Jerald, our sincerest apologies for the confusion! The recipe calls for red bell pepper which is also known as paprika. In addition to the red bell pepper, sun-dried bell pepper in oil is used for flavour (roasted bell pepper from a jar or sun-dried tomato are lovely alternatives though!). We've updated the ingredients list and recipe instructions so they match for clarity 🙂

Jen - Oct. 27, 2022, 8:38 p.m.

What can we pair with this to make a full meal? I notice it's missing a significant source of protein/carbs.

PUL Team - Oct. 28, 2022, 5:35 a.m.

Hey Jen, some ideas are you could add chickpeas, lentils, or mushrooms and croutons or a side of bread. This one also pairs nicely as a side or starter too, such as with a sandwich for more balance if desired🙂

Jess H - Oct. 1, 2022, 10:49 p.m.

I love this soup!! Made it so many times. I like to add chili oil and garnish with fresh cilantro. Thanks Sadia!

PUL Team - Oct. 5, 2022, 7:31 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Jess, thank you 😃

Pat - Sept. 19, 2022, 7:27 p.m.

Hi! Is it ok to replace bell pepper with the long red pepper (not sure if it is ramiro) ? It is often much easier available and cheaper where I live ;)
Thank you for you work!

PUL Team - Sept. 19, 2022, 8:34 p.m.

Hey Pat! You can use an alternative type of pepper, we'd just recommend checking if they're sweet or chili peppers. If they're chili peppers, just be mindful that they're spicy and it may be best to start with less and add more to taste based on your preferences 🙂

Anne - Sept. 3, 2022, 7:08 a.m.

I made this soup six times already, it's the best!

Maham - Aug. 3, 2022, 11:05 p.m.

Hey Sadia! I tried this one today. I cut the recipe to even less than a half but it still turned out really nice. Loved it. Thank you!

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2022, 12:59 a.m.

Hi there, Maham, we're so glad the soup was enjoyed with the adjusted portions. Thank you 😃

Andrea - June 11, 2022, 5:40 p.m.

I keep recommending this soup. Easy, super delicious and pleasantly filling. I even made it for christmas for my family, everyone enjoyed it! I love to make croutons or simple white flatbread to go with it.

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 4 a.m.

Oh we're so glad it's being enjoyed and honoured the soup could be part of the special festivities! Thank you, Andrea ✨

Carolien - May 13, 2022, 7:03 p.m.

May I ask what kind of peppers in oil you use? Are these paprika's, of chili peppers? I live in the Netherlands and I can't find them. Sun dried tomates are easy to buy, but I don't think it gives the same result?

PUL Team - May 15, 2022, 12:23 a.m.

Hey Carolien, the sun-dried bell peppers (paprikas) in oil used to be carried at Albert Heijn, but a while back they discontinued it. This is one of my favourite soup recipes, and I now use sun-dried tomatoes instead as well. It's a slightly different flavour for sure, but just as delicious in my opinion. I hope this helps!

LA - April 14, 2022, 2:15 a.m.

I don't even know how many times I've made this. Love it! In winter, I'll sometimes use spaghetti squash or acorn squash instead of the zucchini, and it's still lovely.

PUL Team - April 14, 2022, 7:50 a.m.

Mmm that does sound lovely, LA, thanks for the ideas :D

Colwyne Tranter - March 29, 2022, 8:08 a.m.

I've done this one before and it is yummo but I'm trying to find the recipe that you had on YouTube it's a go to for Robin it had 2 hands full of green beans that you chop in half is about all I can remember

PUL Team - March 29, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

So glad to hear, Colwyne! It sounds like you may be looking for our Vegan Gado-Gado with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. If that sounds right, you can find the recipe here:… 😊

Monique Woolacott-Kalmokoff - Feb. 25, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

I have fibromyalgia & IC and need to go vegan for my health. I hate cooking but have decided to go slowly over the next year and build up a list of easy-to-make recipes from this site because many of them do look simple with ingredients I have access to. I tried this soup first. It was so simple for a non-cook and extraordinarily delicious. Took me literally 1/2 hour to make. I only had 2 red peppers so I added a carrot instead and it was still great. I love it. I'll definately make this again.

PUL Team - Feb. 26, 2022, 8:36 p.m.

We're beyond happy to hear the soup was enjoyed, Monique, thank you!

Geanina - Feb. 25, 2022, 5:09 a.m.

Hi! The soup sounds great! I don’t have a bouillon cube, can I substitute this or just leave it out this time? 😊 Thanks!

PUL Team - Feb. 25, 2022, 6:56 a.m.

Hey Geanina! Yes, the vegetable bouillon cube and water can be substituted for equal parts vegetable stock or broth. We recommend giving the soup a taste test, and adding some salt if you think it needs it 🙂

Geanina - Feb. 25, 2022, 7:15 a.m.

Ok! Great, maybe I will make a homemade broth! Thank 😊

Joyce - Feb. 16, 2022, 5:50 p.m.

Super delicious soup! I make it once a month and my family thinks it's amazing.

PUL Team - Feb. 16, 2022, 10:20 p.m.

Woohoo! It means so much, Joyce, thank you :)

Charlotte - Jan. 24, 2022, 12:24 p.m.

This soup is one of my favourites on your site! It is so unique and deliciously different to any soup I have tried before. I love making a batch and enjoying it for lunches in the winter.

PUL Team - Jan. 26, 2022, 6:16 a.m.

So thrilled to hear, Charlotte, and love the batching making! The one is one of our favourites too 😊

Mirabelle - Jan. 11, 2022, 6:38 p.m.

Plaisante à préparer et un goût rare pour une soupe 🍜. Beaucoup aimé 🥰

Esha - Dec. 28, 2021, 2:48 a.m.

Loved this soup! Everyone always asks me for the recipe when I cook this for them. One modification I made the last couple times is to roast the bell peppers before cooking and it brought out a warm, smoky texture to the soup. 10/10 recipe, thank you!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

Ooo sounds so delicious, Esha, thanks for sharing the insight and glowing review 😃

Naomi - Nov. 13, 2021, 5:49 p.m.

So good!!! I’m usually not a really big fan of soups but this one was amazing and so easy to make. Groetjes uit Lisse ;)

PUL Team - Nov. 13, 2021, 11:46 p.m.

We're so happy to the soup was enjoyed, Naomi! Hugs to Lisse 🤗

Jenn - Nov. 13, 2021, 1:36 a.m.

This soup was delicious and easy to make. My whole family loved it, including my kids. Will definitely be making again. Thank you!

PUL Team - Nov. 13, 2021, 4:04 p.m.

It means so much to hear it was enjoyed, Jenn, thank you!

Preeti Saluja - Nov. 11, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

I tried this by replacing sun dried paprika with two red Thai chillies. My soup had a lighter color but the flavor was so good. If you like good spice in the soup and do not have sun dried paprika, go for it! I teamed it up with steamed dumplings for dinner.

PUL Team - Nov. 11, 2021, 5:13 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Preeti, thank you for sharing!

Celina - Oct. 12, 2021, 2:33 p.m.

My Grandma gave me a huge zucchini so I made this recipe with her and it was soooooo delicious. Everyone loved it 😄😋!

PUL Team - Oct. 13, 2021, 3:28 a.m.

Aw so lovely that you could make the soup together, Celina! Glad it was enjoyed 😃

Briley bain - Oct. 11, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

🔥I’ve made this two nights in a row

Clare - Sept. 21, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

This soup is super flavourful and definetly on the lighter side. Delicious!

Lizzy - Sept. 16, 2021, 12:53 a.m.

We grew pattypan squash in our garden this summer and made this soup with it. I want to bathe in the soup! So delicious. Thanks!

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 2:25 a.m.

Mmm sounds so lovely, Lizzy, glad the soup was enjoyed!

Cath - Sept. 15, 2021, 3:36 p.m.

The soup is great, hearty and filling but not too heavy. And it freezes great! <3

Anne-Lene - Aug. 27, 2021, 4:51 p.m.

Loved this soup. Suddenly realised I made it with sun dried tomatoes so that works too 🥴👍🏻. Thankful that you also write litres and gram in your recipes. That makes it so much easier for me, since that is what I am used to in Norway.

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Anne-Lene! Lots of love to Norway 🌻

Julia - Aug. 17, 2021, 3:19 p.m.

My mother in law brought us a huuuge Zucchini from her garden last week, so I decided to give this recipe a go. It's super simple, quick and very delicious. Greetings from Germany, Julia 🤗

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 6:06 p.m.

Mmm so kind of your mother-in-law! Greetings to Germany, Julia ✨

Anna Stella - Aug. 10, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

Hello, which would be a better substitute for sun dried paprika in this recipe, roasted red peppers in oil or sundried tomatoes?
Love your recipes!

PUL Team - Aug. 11, 2021, 2:52 a.m.

Hey, Anna! You may enjoy the red peppers more than tomatoes if you enjoy a peppery taste, although either would work though. We hope you enjoy the soup 😃

Kamilah - July 9, 2021, 1 a.m.

This is one of my favourite soup recipes ever! I literally make it on repeat in the winter time.

Cordje - July 8, 2021, 8:40 p.m.

This is a go to recipe! My husband loves it and we have made it at least once a month or more since the video was released. We never could find sun dried bell pepper in our country, but sun dried tomatoes make a delicious substitute. It’s incredible with some homemade baguette for dipping ☺️

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 12:40 a.m.

Mmm a homemade baguette sounds delicious, Cordje! Love the substitute 😊

Morgane - July 8, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Easy, speedy, delicious... You promised something like "a hug in a bowl" and this did not disappoint! And my mom, a BIG fan of soups, absolutely loved it. Well done!

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

Thank you for the lovely review, Morgane! Hugs to you and your mom 🤗

Jigya Yadav - June 15, 2021, 10:07 p.m.

Loved the soup - it was so easy and delicious. This reminded me of the red pepper pesto pasta which has become one of my favorite pasta recipes.

PUL Team - June 17, 2021, 6:51 a.m.

Oooh we're so glad to hear, Jigya, thank you for the review!

Sophie - May 16, 2021, 1:26 p.m.

Very delicious, easy to cook and gets even better the following days!

Julia - March 30, 2021, 6:26 a.m.

Can I substitute red bell peppers with green bell peppers? I only have green bell peppers on hand, but I read that red bell peppers give a sweeter flavor than green. I also don't want to make a trip to the store just for red bell peppers.

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 12:14 a.m.

Hi Julia! You can make the soup with green peppers. Green peppers would impact the colour of the soup and they do have a more bitter taste which may impact the flavour. You could adjust the spices and add less green pepper if you're open to experimenting a bit though 🙂

Suzy - March 15, 2021, 9:26 a.m.

One of my favourite recipes! It's fast, freezes well and tastes so delicious. A staple in our house :)

Sadia - March 15, 2021, 9:27 a.m.

So glad it's made it into the list of family favourites! :D