Cold winter days make me crave the warm comfort of soup. We’ve had a lot of intense cold this winter, so there has been lots of soup served in my home lately.
I first learnt to make this type of blended soup almost 20 years ago. The base of the soup is simple and always made up of the same ingredients – onions, carrots and potatoes to act as the thickening agent. The quantities are approximate; this soup is very forgiving. The green vegetable that goes into the soup can be varied, according to what you have on hand. This one is a spinach soup. If I don’t have spinach in the fridge, I use broccoli. Other dark leafy greens would work too.
I use no-salt added broth for my soup and simply salt to taste. This way, there is a lot less sodium in the soup, but the soup still has lots of flavour.
Recipe: Spinach Soup
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 tsp fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- 2 medium size potatoes, chopped
- 1 cup carrots
- 4 cups no-salt added chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 12 oz spinach, any tough stems removed
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Sour cream (optional)
- Heat olive oil in small non-stick pan on medium heat. Sauté onions until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat, add thyme, 1 tbsp water and cover. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions reduce and turn a deep caramel colour, about 25 minutes. When onions are almost done, add chili powder and cook for one minute, to get the rawness out of the chili powder.
- Meanwhile, add broth, water, potatoes and carrots to large pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender.
- When onions are caramelized, add to large pot. Return to simmer. Add spinach, salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is tender, but still bright green, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup into a smooth texture.
- If desired, serve soup with a dollop of low-fat sour cream for a creamier soup.