Creamy spinach soup

Creamy spinach soup

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Cooking time

Ready 1¼ hours

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
226
protein
10g
carbs
17g
fat
14g
saturates
8g
fibre
3g
sugar
0g
salt
1.22g

Ingredients

  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 450ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 600ml milk
  • 450g fresh spinach, washed if necessary and roughly chopped
  • finely grated zest of half a lemon
  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 3 tbsp double cream, to serve

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Method

  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

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2004

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flissytuk's picture
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tich302001's picture

My mother loves this soup and I make it on a regular basis

pinkpenguin70's picture
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I had some spinach which I needed to use up so I thought I'd give this soup a go - and I'm so glad I did as it is delicious! As I'm trying to lose weight I didn't use butter, but just used a teaspoon of vegetable oil instead, and I used skimmed milk and didn't add the cream. The result was still a lovely, healthy, fresh tasting soup! I will definitely be making this again and have already passed the recipe on to relatives!

zuzie_q's picture
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Absolutely delicious! I'll definitely be making this again. I didn't use as much spinach as the recipe said as I made it in the attempt to use up what spinach I did have left, but I think it was perfect!

louise777's picture

Really tastey, didnt use as much butter as it said as it seemed like a lot! Really creamy tasing - even without the cream! Four VERY generous servings!

elainejdavis's picture
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I actually found this a bit bland but without the cream it is a nice healthly starter and the kids loved the fact that it was bright green!

evazwaving's picture
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This is a great soup and I woud recommend it to any unexperienced cook. But please don't freeze and/or reheat the soup. Reheated spinach contains high(er) levels of nitrites, that in the stomach will be transformed into carcinogenic nitrosamine.
Spinach is really healthy, but only fresh from the stove!

classified's picture
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Lovely soup and it freezes well.

kernowcook's picture
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Really lovely, I used semi skimmed milk and added a dollop of philly soft cream cheese (needed using up) at the same time and did not serve it with cream. Thinking of making a couple of batches now and keeping in freezer in indervidual portions so can quickly defrost and use it for unexpected visitors over Christmas time.

lyndsey_allison0506's picture
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Really healthy but so tasty considering the amount of ingredients. Definitely worth reserving half of the spinach as this makes the soup so flavourful. And as this is freezable, you can have this as a super healthy standby in the freezer for the kids! (not to mention the adults - you definitely feel good and healthy after this soup)

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