This Simple Spinach Soup Recipe will get everyone in the family to eat greens, including your children! When we’re young, nobody expects us to eat spinach. But as we grow up, —or let’s just say pass the age of 12— it becomes more and more embarrassing to admit you don’t like vegetables, especially ones that everyone knows are good for you like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and spinach. These vegetables received the title of superfoods and are hailed as the secret to your health.
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In the case of spinach, it benefitted from the famous comic book Popeye the Sailor Man created by American cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar in the 1930s, which later turned into TV Comic cartoons. “From the 1950s until the 1980s, Popeye has starred in 29 locally produced children’s television programs”, Wikipedia wrote.
But still, there are a lot of children— and adults too for that matter—that don’t eat spinach. Well, this Simple Spinach Soup Recipe is the solution. Creamy without cream, the taste is refreshing and satisfying at the same time. This soup is really an ever-green recipe, perfect for any kind of weather.
But as a cook what really excited me about this Simple Spinach Soup Recipe is its versatility. It’s more like a formula than a recipe since you can pick from several different greens and substitute different potatoes to customize your soup. The potato is what adds the creaminess. I like the small red potatoes because it contains very little starch, but other potatoes will do as well. As long as you use the measurements as guidelines, you’ll have a deliciously creamy, earthy soup.
You can use fresh spinach or frozen. If you use frozen, make sure to thaw it before and squeeze all the water out. If you use fresh spinach, make sure you wash it and dry it well. You can use a salad spinner or just spread the leaves on a tray to dry out for 10 minutes. It’s also important to remove the stems if they are too big, as they can be chewy to eat.
I like to make my own croutons: simply cut two slices of country bread into cubes. Spread them on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toss. Bake until lightly golden, about 8 minutes, rotating once during baking time. If you want to use ready-made croutons or skip the croutons altogether, the soup is still delicious anyway!
Simple Spinach Soup Recipe (video HERE)
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
¼ pound red potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 cups chicken stock (or homemade)
1 cup whole milk
5 oz spinach leaves
4 teaspoons sour cream for garnish
Croutons for garnish
- In a large pan, warm 3 tablespoons of the olive oil on low heat and add the garlic. Cook stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until it just starts to get golden.
- Add the onions and continue cooking, stirring, until it’s soft and translucent about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
- Add the potatoes, turn the heat just a dash higher (but not high), and cook until the potatoes are hot about 4 minutes.
- Pour the chicken stock and milk over the vegetables, cover, and cook on a gentle heat until the potatoes are completely tender about 10 minutes.
- Add the spinach and let it cook for 2 minutes.
- Working in batches, pour ladles of soup into a blender and puree the mixture until completely smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve the soup in bowls, drizzle a thick line of sour cream and garnish with croutons.
For better visuals, you can follow the procedure of this recipe on my YouTube Channel in this video for Simple Spinach Soup Recipe.
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