As usual I was snuggling in my duvet on the couch, to keep myself warm this quiet, gloomy afternoon with a novel. Keshav had stepped out for some work. I felt lazy to fix up a meal. I did not want something very heavy, but something which fill me up and satisfy my hunger. Had some fresh baby spinach leaves which would wilt away soon if I did not use them. So put together this easy peasy soup.. it is a very healthy soup, no oil or butter. The basil used for garnishing adds a nice aroma to this soup.
Spinach is highly nutritious. It known to be rich in various kinds of vitamins and iron. If spinach is boiled a little too much that would halve its folic acid content, but microwaving it does not. Hence I have used the microwave to cook the soup & keep the maximum nutrients intact.
Ingredients: (Serves 1) Preparation Time: 10 mins
Spinach – 1 cup of washed spinach leaves
Tip: Use one cup per serving, increase all the ingredients in proportion if you wish to make more.
Garlic – 1 small cloves, chopped
Potato – 1 medium-sized,peeled and cubed
Water – half a cup
Milk – 30 ml, I used whole milk, you can use skimmed milk if you wish to.
Back peppercorns – add as much as you like, but remember to use freshly crushed pepper
Basil – 1 leaf, chopped
Salt to taste
Add the leaves to a microwave bowl, add the water along with the potatoes. Add some salt to taste. Boil this in the microwave for 6 minutes. Midway just stir the contents. Let it stand in the microwave for a minute once done. Take the bowl out and add the chopped garlic. Let the contents cool to room temperature.
Now add cooled boiled, contents to a food processor or mixer jar. Do not add the water that is in the bowl. Keep it aside for later use. Grind this to a course paste. The spinach will be a paste but the potatoes should remain as small chunks/bits.
Add the ground spinach and potato mixture back to the bowl which has the water kept aside. Add the milk and crushed pepper and bring the mixture to a boil back in the microwave.
Garnish with some chopped basil.
Serve hot along with some bread sticks/croutons/some hot garlic bread by the side.
Tip: For those who do not mind a few extra calories, add some cream/ a little butter on top for that extra flavour.
If you like this recipe you may also like my other soup recipes.
- Spinach and Cauliflower-Rice Soup (primalgirk.wordpress.com)
- Spiced Lentil and Spinach Soup (withlovemags.com)
- Fully Loaded Cheesy Potato Soup (seasonedsisters.wordpress.com)
- Baked Minestrone Soup: Celebrating Summer’s Garden (cutterlight.com)