Old soup, new soup

This is one of my favorite soup recipes, because it’s quick and easy, and reminds me of my mom’s caldo. I’ve made it several times before, always using Swanson vegetable broth, and it turns out brothy and soupy. This time, I tried an organic vegetable broth from Whole Foods, and the soup ended up thick and stew-y. It seemed like a brand new soup.

I noticed a definite difference when I was pouring the broth into the pot…it looked opaque and almost chunky (it grossed me out a little). But it made me think…have I been so used to super-processed foods, including broth that is so watery it can’t possibly have much flavor, that I have no idea what the real stuff looks or tastes like? This broth was flavorful, but the viscosity of it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I feel a little embarrassed that I prefer the mass-produced thin stuff.

Anyway, as I said earlier, this soup is very easy to pull together…a perfect weekday dinner.

Potato, Spinach and Tomato Soup

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 quart (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 pound all-purpose potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated or ground
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a deep pot, saute garlic and onion in olive oil for 2 or 3 minutes. Add broth and bring liquid to a boil. As you slice the potatoes, add them to the broth. Cook potatoes 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes will begin to break up and thicken the broth as the soup cooks. Stir in spinach in bunches as it wilts into the soup. Season sopu with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir in tomatoes and heat through, 2 or 3 minutes. Top each serving with cheese.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: 30 Minute Meals 2 by Rachael Ray.

5 responses to “Old soup, new soup”

  1. My mom has all of rachel’s books but I have never cooked with them. Your soup is so comforting and inspiring, I might need to steal that book from my mum!

  2. mmmmmmm. how good does that look!

    and i love the name of your blog…and the chocolate covered blog bit. how could anyone resist a chocolate covered blog? how i ask you?

  3. Oh, I’ve made this soup a few times before! I love how simple it is and healthy and I feel that the soup is more than the sum of its parts. How interesting that you found it to be so different with just a switch of broth brands!

  4. This sounds good. I think I may try it replacing some of the potatoes with cannellini beans.

  5. howdy,
    just dropping by ’cause obachan posted that poached pear recipe and i just have to give it a go. and to my great delight you seem to be a fellow soup freak! sunday i made a similar soup: spicy potato and chard with tomatoes. it goes down so well on a crisp fall day…

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