Bright Green Spinach and Pea Soup

June 25, 2010 1:02 pm

Spinach and Pea Soup

This light vegetable puree from Deborah Madison’s terrific and extensive Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone can be served hot or cold, and makes a wonderful start to a meal.

If served within minutes of preparation, it’s a bright, vivid green.  We had leftovers this morning for breakfast, and although the color had darkened a bit, it was delicious cold, right out of the fridge.

Bright Green Spinach and Pea Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
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Serves: 8
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 bunches Scallions (including half of the greens), coarsely chopped
  • 1 small Onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoons chopped Marjoram or Basil (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 10 Parsley Springs, chopped
  • 1 large bunch Spinach, stems removed
  • 1 cup Peas, fresh or frozen
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Lemon Juice, to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot, and add the scallion, onion, carrots, celery, herbs, salt, and ½ cup water. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add 5½ cups water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and peas. Make sure the spinach is submerged, and cook until the leaves turn bright green (2 – 3 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat and puree (with an immersion blender, or in two batches in a regular blender) until smooth.
  5. Taste for salt, season with pepper, and stir in at least ½ teaspoon lemon juice to “bring up the flavors” (as Madison puts it).
  6. Serve immediately with a dollop of fat-free Greek Yogurt (though Madison recommends the much-more-caloric Crème Fraîche) and garnish with edible flower blossoms.

Update 6-28-10:  Replaced my photo with a far superior one, compliments of readers Chillindamos (photographer & flowerer) and Michelle (chef extraordinaire).

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2 Comments on "Bright Green Spinach and Pea Soup"
  1. Comment left on:
    June 26, 2010 at 10:43 am
    Michelle says:

    Looks good! Kara and I will have to try this one too…

  2. Comment left on:
    June 26, 2010 at 10:44 am
    Andrew says:

    Definitely! Keep feeding your daughter those veggies! ;)

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