Cream of Spinach Soup
This cream of spinach soup is comparable to a vichyssoise which is a creamy French potato soup but adding spinach gives it a different flavor, as well as a distinctive color. This is lovely served with crackers or just with some bread on the side. The flavor is magnificent and this is one of the best things you can do with spinach.
An immersion blender is handy when making this cream of spinach soup because you can avoid pureeing it in batches in the blender, but if you don’t have one, that doesn’t matter too much.
Use fresh spinach in this cream of spinach soup recipe so you get the lovely fresh flavor. This makes a nice appetizer, lunch or light evening meal. The garnishes are up to you and you don’t even have to add one if you don’t want to.
Health Benefits of Spinach
Spinach is a really healthy ingredient to use. This edible flowering plant is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of zinc and niacin, as well as vitamins A, C, E and K, protein, folate, manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin B6, thiamin and riboflavin.
With that in mind, you might like to make this cream of spinach soup. The health benefits of this vegetable are huge, and the other ingredients work in harmony with the spinach to offer the most delicious flavor. Use vegetarian broth and bouillon cubes if you want to keep things vegetarian. If you don’t have Half & Half, use single cream or the local equivalent.
- 2 cups (225) chopped fresh spinach
- ¼ cup (47g) butter
- 1 lb (450g) peeled quartered potatoes
- ¾ pint chicken broth
- ¾ pint water
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 pint Half & Half
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- ¾ cup (180g) sour cream
- Chopped chives and ground allspice, for garnish (optional)
- Sauté the onion in the butter for 3 minutes in a pot.
- Add the potatoes, water, chicken broth and bouillon cubes.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the spinach and cook for 3 minutes longer or until the spinach is tender.
- Purée the soup in a blender in batches then return it to the pot.
- Whisk in the Half & Half, salt and pepper.
- Bring the soup close to a simmer but not quite then whisk in the sour cream.
- You can use an immersion blender to get the cream fully blended in.
- Serve hot or chilled, garnished with chopped chives, sprinkles of allspice, or a dollop of sour cream if you want.