Pureed Spinach Soup with Middle Eastern Spices

Posted on June 26, 2013 by the farm crew

 

Pureed Spinach Soup with Middle Eastern Spices
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4-6
 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ⅓ cup finely diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup rice
  • 6 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • A bouquet garni made with a bay leaf and a couple of sprigs each thyme and parsley
  • 1½ pounds fresh spinach, stemmed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground clove
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 scant teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly toasted and ground
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups drained yogurt or Greek-style yogurt

Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot or Dutch oven, and add the onion and celery.
  2. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add a generous pinch of salt and the garlic and cook, stirring, until the garlic smells fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Add the stock, rice, bouquet garni, and salt to taste, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the bouquet garni. Stir in the spinach and spices, cover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. The spinach should wilt but should maintain its bright color.
  7. Using a hand blender that has a powerful motor, or in batches in a regular blender, purée the soup. If using a regular blender, fill only halfway and cover the top with a towel pulled down tight, rather than the lid, because hot soup will push the top off if the blender is closed airtight.
  8. Return to the pot and heat through, stirring.
  9. Whisk 1 teaspoon cornstarch into 1 cup of the yogurt, and whisk into the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve the soup, garnishing each bowl with a swirl of the yogurt and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts (optional).