Lately I have been obsessed with soups. Now a day’s my dinners have been replaced by soups as they are light on the stomach and don’t make me feel bloated and stuffed the next day.
I have been reading about Soups and the various ways in which they can be made. There are some cookbooks and websites which have some amazing but really long and hard soup recipes which require considerable time and patience. And if you have been following my blog you know I do not have time for time or patience for patience. So I do keep going back to the basics of making simple healthy soups that can be prepared with the least amount of ingredients and in no time.
The only thing in my fridge was 2 bunch of Spinach, which I know will not be consumable if left for another day or two. Spinach reminds me of Popeye, one of my favorite Cartoon Characters after Tom & Jerry of course. Spinach is a low fat food, with just 2% fat per bunch, making it an ideal vegetable. There is 30% of our daily need of fiber in a small amount of Spinach and it also has fat burning properties along with various other vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
No wonder it charged Popeye up every time he ate it.
Now a Spinach soup on its own is not very tasty so I raided my freezer and thankfully found some frozen Corn which I could use with the Spinach to make the soup tastier.
I have used the same base as the Pumpkin soup, just changed the vegetables and the result was amazing and filling.
Here is the recipe: (makes soup for 4 or in my case I will have it 4 times)
2 Bunches of Spinach
1 cup Corn
1 medium Onion finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 knob of Butter to saute the Onions
Some cream or Milk to garnish
Blanche the Spinach in hot water for 7 – 8 minutes and then drain the water away. Boil the Corn separately and keep the water in the corn to use in the soup. I boil them separately as Spinach has usually got some dirty hidden in it and it is not a good idea to use the water it is boiled in as it would carry the dirt.
Grind the Corn and Spinach to a fine paste. Adding the Corn water if necessary. The consistency has to be smooth and thick.
Heat butter in a Pan and sauté the Onions till Golden brown. Now add the Spinach and Corn Puree. The only problem here is that the puree splatters a lot, so do lower the flame or you will be covered in Green spots.
Once the soup has boiled add some cream or milk and Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve piping hot with a garnish of fresh Cream.
After drinking the soup I feel like singing “I am strong in the village cause I eat me Spinach, I am Popeye the Sailor man”.