Saturday, January 12, 2013

Creamy Spinach Soup

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I really like this soup. It's differently delicious and easy to make, but despite that, I've never made it for company. It is a singularly unattractive dish and there are some pigs that no amount of lipstick can help. This is one of them, and it really is a shame that something that tastes so good can look so bad. That said, it is what it is, but the fact that I decided to feature it anyway is a measure of the regard I have for this soup. The recipe is one that speaks for itself. There are no tricks or special equipment required to get it to the table.  It takes about 30 minutes to make and that bit of sherry and heavy cream set it apart from most spinach soups you've ever tasted. So, I hope you'll close your eyes, grab a great pot and start throwing the required ingredients into it. You won't be sorry. Here's what you need for the pot. Enjoy!

Creamy Spinach Soup...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 small onion, peeled and quartered
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
5 medium ribs celery, cut into 1-inch lengths
3 medium garlic cloves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup dry sherry
3/4 cup heavy cream (half-and-half or whole milk can be substituted)
1/8 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg
Salt and white pepper, to taste

1) Process onions, carrots, celery and garlic in small batches in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until very finely chopped.
2) Melt butter in a large nonreactive saucepan set over medium heat. Add chopped vegetables and saute about 3 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir in flour and cook, stirring about 2 minutes. Slowly add chicken broth, stirring well. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add spinach and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sherry and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in cream and nutmeg. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and white pepper as desired. Do not let soup boil once cream and nutmeg have been added. Serve hot in warmed soup bowls. Yield: About 7 servings.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

I disagree, I think it looks pretty. I have several recipes for this, but they are shortcuts, I'm sure not near as good as this.

Katarina said...

I think it looks delicious, I would love to have a taste! Have a great day!

decocinasytacones said...

I love cream soups, I even posted one today in my blog, "Potatoes and leeks cream soup"..It´s very cold lately here in the north of Spain, and I love to have a soup between my hands when I´m freezing.

Coleens Recipes said...

What a colorful soup!! I noticed your advertisement for taxact and I tried them, worked great!! Thank you.

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks really soothing and delicious.
Have a wonderful weekend, Mary.


safire said...

This looks so yummy! I love making soups and stews especially in the winter months. If only Florida would get on board and make the weather cooler.

Sutapa said...

Comfy soup for the winter ....looks so delicious and yummy!

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

I'm with Ginny -- I love how it looks. And I''m sure it tastes great, too. It's a gray, dreary day here today, I have all the ingredients -- lunch!

Martha said...

It looks and sounds good Mary. Soup is a favorite of mine!

Susan Lindquist said...

Spinach, being my favorite leafy green, makes this soup really attractive to me! It's certainly dressed up with plenty of other veg too! Yum!

Tanna said...

Okay, I see I'm not the only one who thinks it is beautiful! LOL! Mary, you underestimate our love of good food... we all know by looking this recipe is delicious!! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna
ps you are right... the 1099s will get done... because they have to. As with all things, we do what we have to do. ;) Thank you.

Kim said...

Plus, it looks so healthy!!!! Bad looking food sould not be set apart... Love this soup Mary!

Diane said...

We eat creamed spinach a lot but I have never made soup. Can't imagine why not will try this next week, thanks. Stay well Diane

Rumana Rawat said...

Looks so creamy and rich...

KarenAZ said...

is there any reason not to run this through the blender? My kids call soup with greens 'floating weeds' but hit it with the immersion blender and they suck down all kinds of green stuff.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Karen, the soup can be pureed but the color remains unappetizing.

Anonymous said...

Super delicious soup -
Mary x

Barbara said...

Frankly, Mary, I think you did a fabulous job with the photo. Not an ugly soup at all. Love the ingredients...the sherry and cream would be the perfect final touch.

Gerlinde in Washington said...

Your soup doesn't look bad at all, in fact it looks rather tasty!

David said...

Mary, I agree with you on the appearance of Creamy Spinach Soup. Not very attractive... But, both my wife and I like Creamy Spinach Soup so thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Joanne said...

I've never met a creamy spinach dish I didn't love! This looks great.

From the Kitchen said...

This one is printing out as I type. It will go in my "emergency" soup file for when there is no fresh spinach but some in the freezer.

Hope you are having a great Sunday!


A Paix√£o da Isa said...

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Ashley's Cooking Adventures said...

My husband just saw the picture of this soup and said, "Mmmmm" so I am putting the ingredients on my grocery list! :)

France@beyondthepeel said...

I don't think it looks bad at all. Quite the opposite, but the thing about lipsticks and pigs did make me laugh!

Anonymous said...

I think this spinach soup looks delicious.
We have a favorite Irish restaurant here on
Long Island and every Saturday night they
serve Spinach and crab soup. It is delicious.
Does not seem to have as much spinach but
I am going to try and make this after I get to
the store to get crab and a box of spinach.

Will let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for posting your delicious looking
crwam of spinach soup.


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