A creamy soup to lift tempers and temperatures during the last cold weeks of winter.
By Priya Mahadevan
Earlier this month, I was praying that that darned groundhog would not see his shadow – but he did and what’s more, ever since the weather has altered to winter-like conditions with nasty wind-chills. This, after a really balmy spring like January is not cool – I mean for the weather to be so cool.
This weather has warranted some warming of them cockles – so I made me a cream of spinach soup that got eaten to the last drop.
Agreed, I actually used cream in this recipe, but a cup for about 10 cups of spinach and a small fistful of pine nuts. The Fat content is hopefully negated by the goodness of the greens. It yielded about 6 servings. A winner soup for those who love spinach.
Cooking & Prep time – 15- 20 Minutes Servings 6
- 1Family Sized Box of Organic Baby Spinach
- 1Small fist ful (about 2 tbsp) pine Nuts
- 1-2 Dry red chilies (cayenne) (not for the faint hearted)
- 1 tsp of whole black peppers (this is a must ;)
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1cup of milk (if required)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp olive oil
- In a wide mouthed pan, heat the olive oil and temper the chilies, peppers and brown the garlic
- Add the spinach and swiftly toss it around –
- NOTE: A whole box of spinach is a lot volume-wise. So stir in handfuls at a time so as not not get overwhelmed
- Once the leaves have softened a bit, add the cream and the pine nuts and allow them to boil together – this should take 3-5 minutes
- Add some milk if you want more volume
- Salt to liking
- Cool it before you grind.
- Refrigerate if you like cold soups.
- Pour back in the pan and allow it to heat up again, if you like it hot – like we do chez moi.
- This can be served with warm bread or crackers
Priya Mahadevan is a writer and food blogger with a background in journalism & communication. Priya's mission with her food blog is to blow the myth that healthy cannot be tasty. She was a political and feature correspondent for a prominent Indian newspaper in the 90s before moving to the US. She lives in Virginia with her husband and 3 beautiful children. You can find her world of vegetarian recipes at http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com.