Monday, March 1, 2010

soup of the evening, beautiful soup!

Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

- Lewis Carroll

Bright green in color and smooth as silk, this Spring Velvet Soup is rich, lush, packed with vitamins and minerals, and is very low-fat. The flavor is very similar to split pea soup, and its thick, creamy texture is achieved with potatoes, not with traditional thickeners or dairy products.

I've adapted this recipe from a terrific cookbook purchased at a farmers' market: "Simply in Season" by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert. The book encourages all of us to eat fruits and vegetables in season for freshness, taste, nutrition, variety, environment and local health.

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large leek, diced - white part and 1 inch of green
  • 1 large stalk celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 5 or 6 medium potatoes (about 3 cups), peeled and diced
  • 1 bunch spinach, torn (about 2 or 3 handfuls)

In a large saucepan, saute onion, leeks and celery in olive oil over medium-low heat until wilted and not browned, about 15 minutes. Add tarragon, thyme, salt and pepper and combine well. Add broth and potatoes. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Add spinach and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove soup from heat. Puree soup in small batches in a blender or food processor. Return soup to pan and place over low heat to continue heating.

If you like, 1/2 cup of milk can be added to the soup. Also, taste for seasonings. Garnish with a swirl of plain yogurt, sprigs of fresh herbs, or pretty chive blossoms.

Serves 4 to 6.


goodkarma said...

hey, thanks so much for this! it sounds excellent. i've got it saved now.

Lonesome Road Studio said...

let me know if you try hiding some cauliflower in it as well!

cabin + cub said...

Mmm.. that looks so fresh and yummy! ;)

Lonesome Road Studio said...

It *is* very fresh-tasting!

Samantha G said...

I'll have to try this one!!

kim* said...

yum! a must try.

Doris Sturm said...

Mmmm, that's my kind of soup! Love all the greens.

Sorry I've not been around much, having a very slow internet connection and it takes the blogs forever to load, but maybe someday soon....

I hope you're doing well.
Kind Regards,


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