Spinach Soup — Soupe aux épinards

There are times when without knowing why, some foods just sound the right choice in order to make you feel better. For example, for no apparent reason I sometimes develop a craving for greens, like asparagus, basil, peas or spinach. It just has to be green! Sometimes it is just anything red or yellow. Cold or warm. Bodies are a great clock, aren’t they? It is just a question of having it well-tuned!

This past weekend was spent catching up with life around here and since we were still not 100% after our jet-lag, we had decided to go with simple foods, yet full of those colours we still had in mind. New Zealand’s sun and summer had been so welcomed! It was hard to give it up upon our return to get back to winter, although winter sun in Boston can be amazing too, and we have had plenty of it since we have been back. I am not complaining, but please make it summer soon. I might lose my tan until then!

On Sunday, I got inspired to make this simple Spinach Soup, after looking at a Marie-Claire cookbook I have.

Super easy and lovely to eat. I made it simple but you can fully be creative and add any spices you want. On that evening, I just could not have my brain function fully (I attribute it to the jet-lag if anyone thinks different!) Cooking needed to follow more or less the format: wash, cut, stir, cook, mix and eat! No more.

I loved it.

You need:

  • 300 g fresh spinach
  • 3 potatoes
  • Vegetable broth, enough to cover vegetables
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Fleur de sel on top
  • Chives to decorate
  • Cream



Steps:

  • Wash and clean the fresh spinach.
  • Peel the potatos and cut in big chunks.
  • Take a large pot and heat. Add the butter to melt, then add the chopped potatos and spinach. Cook for 5 mns or so, until the spinach gives its juice.
  • Add the vegetable broth (I used an organic one for lack of having my own) and pour as much as needed, enough to cover the vegetables and a little more.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 20 to 25 mns, or until the potatos are cooked. Use a hand blender to mix your soup.
  • Add a dash of cream, chives and fleur de sel.

I got my green fix, so I was a happy girl.

Posted in Appetizers, Gluten Free, Soup, Vegetarian | 19 Comments

19 comments

  1. hi bea, what lovely pictures of a lovely soup! thanks so much for sharing the recipe-spinach soup is one of my favourites too!

  2. I know what you mean! There are times when I absolutely .. just absolutely … have to have something green. The spinach soup look almost too good to slurp!

  3. I like soup too and in Paris, the snow comes this morning !!! A soup, it’s a good idea and green is a beautiful color…

  4. Hi Bea,
    Fantastic color for a soup! I think I ate spinach soup a couple of times, but never prepared it myself… Being a soup lover, I’ll have to change that!

  5. That looks perfect on a chilly day, something we have no shortage of up here. Love the soup bowls and your presentation too.

  6. this might be a duplicate…

    hola Béa, un petit bonjour de Barcelone. I stopped by via my food blog buddy GG´s site. Love the recipe you shared on soupe aux épinards. Sounds like some green goodness you have there in those really cute bowls. Will try out the recipe and stop by again. A++

  7. To all of you, many thanks for your comments and stopping by. Yes this green fix was just the right thing! Spinach soup might scare many but it is worth the try! The best is of course to make your own vegetable broth, if you can. But we cannot always, aha! You might soon be sick of seeing those bowls as I use them often ;-) Another reason to buy more plates and bowls ;-)

  8. I read your comment on WedChef about Erivan yougurt – it’s my favorite too, so glad I can get it easily in my neighborhood in NYC. Your recipe sounds very tasty – I’m going to give it a whirl tonight, perhaps!

  9. how comforting… do you know the spinach I buy at the marche are still full of earth? and I spend hours trimming them and washing.
    BUt I find it comforting!

  10. Hi Bea – just catching up with your blog, and am enjoying it a lot! You take really nice pics – I love these spinach soup shots (cute bowls, nice set-up, lovely colours), which makes me feel rather inadequate though:(
    I will be back to read more soon!

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  12. Je viens de preparer (et manger) cette soupe – j`ai change quelques details, mais somme toute – c`est delicieux! Merci por la recette!

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