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
– 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.