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Creamy Coconut Paprika Zucchini Soup

40 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!



40 min


15 min


25 min

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  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    medium onions, diced
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1
    zucchini, chopped
  • 3
    red bell peppers, chopped
  • 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.
  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. Cook 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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Sanne - May 4, 2024, 7:38 p.m.

Excited to try this soup as well as all the other soups in the video. Can you please tell me the name of the song used in the video for this recipe? It's so nice and I want to save it to my playlist. Thank you!

PUL Team - May 6, 2024, 8:15 p.m.

Hey Sanne, we hope you love the soup! We can't remember the name of the sound to be honest, but the link to where we get our music from is in the YouTube video description box 🫶✨

Hannah C. Rosenblatt - March 7, 2024, 8:04 p.m.

Very good soup for cold days 😊

Next time I'll use less water (maybe 300ml instead of 460ml) or cook without the lid. I had to thicken it up.
It works great with dried tomatoes

alina illes - Jan. 30, 2024, 9:50 a.m.

Hy! I want to try this recepie. How important are the dried Bell pepper in oil? I don't have that ingredient 🙁

PUL Team - Jan. 31, 2024, 7:14 a.m.

Hi there, Alina, it seems like sun-dried bell pepper in oil is harder to find these days! You can use sun-dried tomatoes instead. 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 🤗

barbara - Jan. 21, 2024, 3:34 a.m.

I noticed this recipe does not call for paprika….is that correct?

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2024, 10:32 p.m.

Hey there, Barbara! The recipe calls for red bell pepper which is also known as paprika here in the Netherlands. Indeed, there is no paprika powder used in this recipe. Enjoy!

Cosmin - Jan. 4, 2024, 9:43 p.m.

Hello. The taste of the soup is really good, but I couldn't get the soup creamy enough. The only thing I think I did differently is using the peppers in vinegar, not in oil, since I couldn't find them in store. I also used a food processor. Could this be an issue?
Thank you for the recipe!

PUL Team - Jan. 4, 2024, 11:24 p.m.

Hey there, Cosmin, we're delighted that you enjoyed the taste! Using peppers in vinegar might have affected the creaminess. Vinegar offers less fat than oil and has a less rich texture. The food processor should work well too, just make sure to blend until super smooth. Sometimes a few extra minutes can make all the difference 😊

Cosmin - Jan. 5, 2024, 2:48 p.m.

Thank you for the reply, I will try again without the vinegar. By the way, my wife and I love your channel!

Yuliya N - Jan. 14, 2024, 2:12 a.m.

Cosmin, I had the same thing happen. I also was using peppers and vinegar and I read your review beforehand and so tried to cook everything a few minutes extra so everything would soften up. I still ended up with red pepper peel chunks, I think from the bell pepper though. I ended up straining it and it’s nice and creamy now!

Samara - Jan. 2, 2024, 6:07 a.m.

Most likely the best soup I’ve ever made! So flavourful!!! Couldn’t stop eating it!

Maxine L - Jan. 1, 2024, 9:06 p.m.

This is my all time favorite soup. I make it for guests all the time, everyone loves it!

Sara Martin - Dec. 16, 2023, 1:14 a.m.

My husband is very picky and he ate a whole bowl!
It was really good! I just needed to add salt for out preferences. I didn't even realize it didn't call for any until after I started eating it. But I loved the texture, flavor, and knowing that it was healthy! With no dairy.

PUL Team - Dec. 16, 2023, 7:21 a.m.

Hey there, Sara, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the recipe! So happy your husband enjoyed it too 🤗

Dorina - Dec. 11, 2023, 9:06 p.m.

So easy to make and sooo yummy!

Mi Ri - Dec. 4, 2023, 8:18 p.m.

Smooth and comforting, I really like it 🙂

Konstantina - Dec. 3, 2023, 1:44 p.m.

This was one of the first recipes I made from your YouTube channel around three years ago. Me and my boyfriend love it, it's definitely one of our favorite creamy soups. Thanks Sadia ❤️

PUL Team - Dec. 4, 2023, 3:47 a.m.

Oh thanks for sticking around for so long, Konstantina! We're so happy that you and your. boyfriend are enjoying the soup 🤗

Jana - Oct. 20, 2023, 10:29 a.m.

I've stumbled across this recipe on accident while looking online what to do with my zucchini harvest this morning. Did it this morning for the hubby and he loved it! Asked for seconds right after the first bowl!
So I'm printing this, it's definitely a keeper :-) I adjusted it a little.

PUL Team - Oct. 20, 2023, 6:35 p.m.

Oh we're so happy our paths crossed, Jana, how exciting to hear about the zucchini harvest! In case you're still looking for recipes, our Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Vegetable Tart (…) and Grilled Red Pepper Pesto Pasta (…) are two of our favourites that use zucchini 🤗

Taylor - Oct. 11, 2023, 5:20 p.m.

This soup is absolutely deserving of 5 stars! I couldn't imagine what it would taste like, so I made it for dinner and shared it with a friend - we both thought it was delicious! Adding this soup to my regular rotation and looking forward to making it again (:
I also followed the crouton recipe and was so pleased with how they turned out! Fun, rustic, and simple. Who knew?

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2023, 9:11 p.m.

Whoop whoop- our goal is five-star recipes so we're thrilled to hear the glowing review, Taylor! Thank you 🌟

Lauren A. - Sept. 22, 2023, 9:28 p.m.

Very easy to make. Added the homemade croutons and seed mix. Very good!

Julia R - Aug. 20, 2023, 9:50 p.m.

I added chili oil drizzle and salt and pepper to taste and it was incredible!!

Julia R - Aug. 20, 2023, 9:53 p.m.

And a tbp of nutritional yeast!

Susi Moe - Aug. 8, 2023, 2:35 p.m.

Creamy and delicious.

Hortensia - Aug. 3, 2023, 4:51 p.m.

Simply delicious!!!!!!

Juliana - Aug. 2, 2023, 9:05 a.m.

Surprisingly amazing.
I am loving the App btw!

PUL Team - Aug. 2, 2023, 6:37 p.m.

Thank you so much, Juliana! 🥰

Andrea - July 30, 2023, 11:45 p.m.

Amazing 🤤. This recipe will go on my core dishes list.

Ellis - July 30, 2023, 11:08 p.m.

I love this soup! So many flavours and heartwarming. I also added some left over broccoli. I think a red hot chili pepper would blend in well with the flavours.

Yvonne - July 15, 2023, 8:54 p.m.

Very nice!

Tischan Seltzer - June 26, 2023, 11:09 p.m.

This is so creamy and decadent! I love the flavor combination! At the end while puréing, I added 1tsp smoked paprika, 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and 1/2 cup plain hummus to make it extra decadent.

PUL Team - June 27, 2023, 5:09 a.m.

Mmm love these additions, Tischan - thanks for sharing 🤗

Anja - April 25, 2023, 4:11 a.m.

A light soup that tastes amazing and is quick/easy to prepare.

Martunia - April 3, 2023, 8:20 p.m.

One of my favorite ideas for a quick late night dinner. It's wonderfully filling yet not too heavy, despite the addition of coconut milk.

Anita - March 19, 2023, 2:36 p.m.

I love this. It is so creamy and comforting. I stick to the recipe except for when I am not able to find red peppers in oil. It turns out great every time. Thanks Sadia!

PUL Team - March 19, 2023, 6:32 p.m.

So happy to hear, Anita 😃

Andreea - Feb. 16, 2023, 10:12 p.m.

Hi Sadia, thanks for this recipe. I've made it yesterday and it was amazing.

Emily - Feb. 10, 2023, 3:51 a.m.

Love this soup! It's a fantastic way to get in lots of healthy veg and it's so creamy and yummy! I always use roasted red peppers in a jar as that's all I can find but it is so delicious. I make this a lot during the summer!

PUL Team - Feb. 10, 2023, 6:18 p.m.

We're so glad the soup is being enjoyed, Emily, thank you!

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