the saturday soup – silky spinach soup February 19, 2011

If ever I’ve made a feel good soup…the kind that makes you believe you’re really nourishing yourself…it would be this one. One of the ingredients I’m currently obsessed with – I go through stages where I want to cook a million recipes with one thing and then I don’t touch it for a month or so – is spinach. In an effort to make sure I’m not just eating a bunch of mindless carbohydrates in place of meat, I’ve been trying to incorporate more dark greens and beans into the repertoire around here. I bought a 5 pound bag of baby spinach at the market and I’ve worked my way through about half of it. It’s gone into salads, a great baked white bean casserole and this soup.

People get freak out by green pureed soups – I think they fear it’s going to be a bowl full of bitterness. Let me assure you – this soup is packed with flavor and, when topped with a teeny sprinkle of Parmesan cheese – echoes the flavor of creamed spinach without having any cream or milk in it. Outside of the butter, this recipe is completely vegan so you could easily replace it with your preferred cooking oil. Served with a crusty piece of whole wheat bread, this was such a soul soothing lunch.

Silky Spinach Soup – serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and cut into even 1/2″ chunks
  • 4 cups good quality vegetable broth or 2 cups vegetable broth & 2 cups water
  • 1 6 or 8 ounce bag of prewashed & dried baby spinach leaves
  • 1 small pinch (1/8 tsp) cayenne pepper or dried red chili flakes
  • 1 pinch fresh ground nutmeg – this was about 6 or 7 grates of fresh nutmeg on a microplane grater
  • 2 tbsp. dry sherry
  • salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese, flat leaf parsley, watercress – for optional garnish

– In a large soup/stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes – you want the garlic to soften but not brown. To that mixture, add the peeled potatoes. Stir to coat and begin softening them for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vegetable broth (or water) and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook the potatoes until fork tender – around 12 to 15 minutes. Add in the spinach and cook until just wilted. In a Vitamix/blender (you’ll have to do this in 2 to 3 batches but the texture is amazing when using a Vitamix or high powered blender) or using an immersion blender, puree the soup to desired consistency. Return to the soup pot and stir in the sherry, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste. Before serving, bring the soup back up to temperature over medium heat. Garnish with parmesan cheese and other desired greens and serve immediately.


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Sasa Feb 19, 2011 11:02 am

I bought a huge bag of spinach last week ^_^ I made Julia Child’s cream of spinach soup (twice, hehe) and put some in some mini-quiches. You take such beautiful photos, sigh.

Sukaina Feb 19, 2011 12:02 pm

Ok. I’m not kidding but I just bought two bunches of spinach to make an Indian curry with. I’m always on the lookout for mroe thinsg to dow it it and this is perfect. My only gripe with spinach is that sometimes it turns bitter- wonder why!

Abigail @ Good to Think and Eat Feb 19, 2011 12:02 pm

I think I am a weirdo, I absolutely adore big bowls of pureed green.

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen Feb 19, 2011 01:02 pm

Spinach was one of the only leafy vegetable I eat while growing up but always been limited to Indian preparations or in salads. But this just reminded me of a fabulous soup my mom used to make! Look at the color here – LOVELY!

Kimberley Feb 19, 2011 03:02 pm

Oh my goodness I love this! And that image is just absolute perfection.

winnie Feb 19, 2011 05:02 pm

hi Tammy,

I’ve recently rediscovered your blog with a great new look! And I’m loving your Saturday soups (have been tuning in every week!) This soup looks fantastic and my new immersion blender just came in the mail so the obsession begins again (mine is obsession with the blender rather than the ingredient.)
Question–if I don’t have dry sherry, can I replace it with something else?

tami Feb 19, 2011 06:02 pm

hi winnie – thanks for stopping by the blog :) i think if you don’t have sherry, cooking sherry or maybe a teensy splash of white wine might work. really…the sherry just helps bring the flavor more to the creamed spinach end of things. it’ll be delicious without it – just taste it and season it.

Y Feb 20, 2011 04:02 am

It just occurred to me that I hardly ever make green pureed soups. This must be remedied next Winter!

Tatiyana Feb 20, 2011 03:02 pm

Yum! Spinach is my favorite and I just started a 28-day challenge where I’m eating plant strong and very little animal products. This soup sounds like a must make!

Aggie Feb 20, 2011 10:02 pm

This looks amazing!!! I love spinach, the color in this soup is brilliant. I want to try it so bad!

And I’m all about soups that are nourishing, that’s my favorite kind of soup! :)

Chris Feb 20, 2011 11:02 pm

A soup I have never tried. This looks scrumptious! Mind if I dive in? :)

Rivki Locker Feb 20, 2011 11:02 pm

This soup looks so super nourishing. I find I can get my kids to eat pretty much any vegetable if it’s pureed in soup. this looks like one I have to try!

Brian @ A Thought For Food Feb 23, 2011 04:02 pm

I’m loving this soup! That color is so vibrant and it does look quite creamy (the starch from the potato helps, I’m sure). Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.

The Teacher Cooks Feb 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Such a healthy soup! The photo is beautiful!

Trudy ~ veggie num num Feb 25, 2011 01:02 am

Spinach is an absolute favourite and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to enjoy its lovely flavour… this soup looks superb!!! Love that beautiful green colour!!

Kelsey, at Happyolks Feb 28, 2011 05:02 pm

This looks divine. Anything that color green totally snatches my heart. So glad I’ve found your blog! Love it :) I’ll be back for sure!

Michaela@finecooking Mar 3, 2011 03:03 pm

Mmmm, lovely, lovely soup! Thank for submitting this to Fine Cooking!

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Mary Oct 5, 2011 10:10 am

Thank you so much. I love this soup and have made it many times since I found it.

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I think I am a weirdo, I absolutely adore big bowls of pureed green.

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AngieZK Sep 24, 2013 07:09 pm

Tried this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe :)

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