Creamy spinach soup

Ready 1¼ hours


Serves 4
The lovely, leafy spinach in this recipe makes for a flavoursome and intriguing bright-green soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal226
  • fat14g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.22g
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  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 450ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 450g fresh spinach, washed if necessary and roughly chopped



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • finely grated zest of half a lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 3 tbsp double cream, to serve


  1. Melt the butter in a large lidded saucepan, add the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5-6 minutes until softening. Stir in the potato and continue to cook gently for 1 minute. Pour in the stock and simmer for 8-10 minutes until the potato starts to cook. Pour in the milk and bring up to a simmer, then stir in half the spinach and the lemon zest. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until the spinach has completely wilted down. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour the soup into a blender (preferably) or food processor, add the remaining spinach (this will keep the soup bright green and fresh tasting) and process until silky smooth – you may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your machine. (The soup may now be frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost in the microwave or overnight in the fridge. The soup may lose some of its vibrancy on freezing, but the flavour won’t be impaired.) Return to the pan and reheat. Taste and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. You may like to dilute the soup with a little extra stock if too thick. Ladle the soup into bowls and swirl in the cream

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Comments (75)

tordis's picture

Not only does it look fabulous, but it tastes great, too!

maryam21's picture

I just tried this and I really enjoyed it - I added broccoli and coconut milk because thats what I had in my cupboard. A great recipe to keep up the iron levels

pharaoh101's picture

Made this once more. This time with chopped spinach that was frozen (not fresh). Oh dear! It was far too spinachy! Oops.

Next time...

I think I'll use MUCH LESS frozen spinach. Maybe 300g.

And I'll DEFROST it beforehand in the microwave.

And I'll add a tin of MUSHY PEAS and some tinned baby carrots (as I think that's what I did on my first attempt: the one that worked well).

pharaoh101's picture

Delicious! 5 stars. I can't believe it tastes so good. Healthy, cheap and easy to make. This will be a regular! Changes: I used-up my spring onions (instead of normal onion) and coconut oil (instead of butter) and it tasted great! Even nicer *without* the cream.

franwilks's picture

Gorgeous soup, made it last night for my friend who loves spinach soup,
she said it was the best soup she has ever had.
Will def make this one again.

primerarosa's picture

Must be me but thought this was terribly bland. So out came the cheese, thinly grated and added in to add a bit of flavour. Inspired by a broccoli and stilton soup :-)

Does anyone else have any ideas as to how to improve the flavour?

smistry's picture

love this soup, just warms you up and so healthy. The colour is a beauty!!

wardleakela's picture

Not cooked with spinach much and was surprised how tasty this was. I didn't use milk or cream as I am lactose intolerant just substituted more home-made stock and added bits of left over ham from the weekend. Even the builders working on my house rated it!

liddy18's picture

Really yummy! The kids loved it too!

rhl500's picture

Very bright green and tasty. Makes a very healthy lunch, surprisingly filling.

amitie's picture

l have just made this soup for supper and it was lovely. l didn't have any lemon but added tyme and made it with soya milk. Very simple and easy soup to make. There is enough for tomorrow in the fridge.

kaszamar's picture

Mine came out a bit runny but the taste was nice. Will use bigger potato next time.

kaszamar's picture

My came out a bit runny but the taste was still good. I'll use a bigger potato next time.

allisonback's picture

Very simple and delicious soup. I can feel my muscles bulging as we speak!

donahilaria's picture

This has to be one of the nicest soups I have ever tasted. It has such interesting depth of flavour but doesn't overwhelm. I added the juice of the lemon as well as the grated peel and it's just delicious. We ate some and I froze some and the flavour of the frozen soup was just as delicious as the batch that hadn't been frozen. If anything, the flavours were more defined, with the lemon coming more to the fore. I will most definitely be making and freezing this again :-)

kimann88's picture

Very nice soup for spring or summer. Not as creamy as I thought (but then I did swap the cream for Philadelphia and used skimmed milk), but still very tasty! Looks amazing too, so green!

emmakanter68's picture

As all the previous comments, a really yummy soup. Easy to make and full of goodness. Will definately make again and will pass on recipe to my friends

camillivanilli's picture

How do you actually make this soup?
Do you put everything in a blender and just boil it or is there some other special way to do this?
Sorry if this was a stupid question but I've never made soup before! :)

star2501's picture

Gorgeous....didn't use cream, and used skimmed milk...very nice and very low fat!

shinyoctopus's picture

I had a 260g packet of spinach to use up, so I halved the ingredients, used spring onions instead of a normal onion, didn't add lemon zest, nutmeg or cream and also used soya milk and it turned out lovely. Super-smooth and very tasty. An excellent quick and easy lunch.


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