Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Soup to Share #1
I remember my brother telling me about a guy he had tree planted with one summer who really liked soups. In fact, he liked them enough to host soup-tasting parties!
We like soup at our house too just not quite that much. We eat it pretty often during the winter months; it's the perfect meal on a cold Saskatchewan winter day.
I have a few recipes that are favourites of ours so I thought I would share one a week with you over the next little while (until the spring dawns upon us). They will all be meatless, nutritious and easy to prepare. Hope you follow along and get a chance to try some of the recipes for yourself or for your next soup-tasting party if that's what you're into!
Soup to Share #1: Cream of Spinach Soup
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 cups water
2 tsp. salt
1 lb. spinach, cleaned and stemmed
5 medium cloves garlic, peeled only
1-2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups hot milk
white pepper and nutmeg, to taste
For a lowfat version simply skip Step 2.
1) Place onion, potatoes, water and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Remove from heat, add spinach and garlic cloves and set aside.
2) Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in flour and keep whisking over low heat 5 minutes. Drizzle in the milk. Continue to whisk and cook until smooth (about 5 to 8 minutes more).
3) Puree the vegetables in their cooking water; return the puree to the saucepan. Stir in the white sauce (or just the milk, if you're making the lowfat version). Adjust the salt and add white pepper to taste. Serve hot, topped with a subtle sprinkling of nutmeg.
Source: The New Moosewood Cookbook, Molly Katzen