For now, I'm sharing a simple spinach soup recipe. There's no story behind it, no reason to stretch this post unnecessarily, and no point in blabbering. The weather was good one day, there was a lot of spinach in the huge bag we got from Costco, and I felt like making some simple, easy, and delicious spinach soup.
Simple Spinach Soup Recipe
1 tsp butter or oil
1 small bay leaf
½ cup onion, chopped
½ Tbsp garlic, chopped
½ tsp green chilies, chopped
4 cups spinach, rinsed
2 cups water
Heavy cream or milk, optional
Salt and black pepper powder to taste
1. In a medium pot or saucepan, heat 2 cups of water. When it comes to a rolling boil, add spinach, let cook for about 30-60 seconds, strain the water out into a bowl, keep drained spinach on the strainer to cool down and reserve the drained water.
2. Meanwhile, in another medium pan on medium heat, add oil/butter, when hot, add bay leaf, onion, salt, black pepper, sauté, add garlic, green chilies, sauté. Start with ¼ tsp salt and black pepper powder, and add more later as per the taste. I like to add salt with onion because it helps them cook fast and I want to make the soup quick too. You can choose to skip bay leaf but I love how it spices up the soup. Switch off heat and let cool down.
3. Once onion mixture cooled down, grind for 30 seconds. Then add the blanched spinach and grind further until thin paste (using the reserved water as required). Start with smaller amount of water as the consistency can be adjusted later. I grind onion first and add spinach later because the more you grind spinach or the longer you cook the darker it continues to get.
4. Heat the pan again, add the ground mixture and bring it to a boil. Adjust salt, spice, and soup consistency. At this point if you want to add milk or heavy cream to make the soup lighter in color or creamier, you can add and mix it in well. Serve hot spinach soup, garnish with heavy cream or have with some bread.
Now, wasn’t that truly a simple spinach soup? The main flavors and spices are covered, and that’s pretty much what you need for a basic soup. You can take it a step further by adding other combinations of vegetables and various spices from different cuisines. But this effortless, timesaving vegetarian spinach soup is my favorite.
Enjoy.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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