Monday, December 3, 2012

Scrumptious Soups: The Green Machine - Creamed Celery and Spinach Soup

Here is a soup that shouts for your attention - it is a mixture of simple, tasty ingredients, but the color is bold! The potatoes make the soup have nice body and the flavors are soothing and comforting with the chilly weather. An immersion blender makes this soup come together in a snap, but it can also be pureed in a food processor (one that has a rubber gasket on the lid to prevent leaks) or in a standing blender.

The Green Machine - Creamed Celery and Spinach Soup

  • 3 cups chopped celery (use the leaves too)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 8 ounces frozen chopped spinach 
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cream, yogurt or sour cream for garnish, if you wish
  1. In a large sauce pan, saute onion and celery in olive oil and butter until tender, about 10 minutes
  2.  Add potatoes, broth and seasonings and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking until potatoes are tender. Add spinach (no need to thaw) and stir until spinach is defrosted; about a minute or two.
  3. Puree soup using immersion blender until very smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if needed. If you would like your soup to be a bit thinner, add some more stock, water or milk until you think it is perfect. 
  4. Ladle into bowls and garnish if you wish.
Tip: Pour left-overs into microwave safe jars (I like to use jelly jars) and you are on your way to having your lunch packed. Toss in a half sandwich, some fruit and you're all set. 

Chopped celery - use the leaves too!
Saute veggies until tender
Add spinach and then blend!

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  1. I used to make soups in a regular blender and it was always messy, and a bit dangerous what with pouring all that boiling liquid. Then I got an immersion blender, and the whole process is much easier and fun. This recipe looks delicious!

  2. This is so good! My husband loved it!

  3. This soup was very very tasty! It went really well with a slice of toasted sour dough bread. Thanks for posting, Holly!


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