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How To Make A Simple Spinach Soup - A Quick And Easy Recipe....

Updated on March 12, 2012
A warming, winter soup.
A warming, winter soup.

It's a regular healthy lunch in our house....

This simple spinach soup recipe is quick and easy to make and is ideal for a family or anyone who is busy and still likes to eat a healthy lunch.

If your children don't like the taste or texture of spinach. Remind them that it was Popeyes favourite food and what's good for Popeye has to be good for them too...It worked for me!!


To make this simple spinach soup you will need....

  • 4 or 5 rashers of bacon, roughly chopped - can be omitted if you want a soup suitable for vegetarians.
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped.
  • 600gr frozen spinach that's been defrosted - Zap it in the microwave to defrost if it's frozen.
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped.
  • 1 heaped tbsp flour.
  • 1200ml chicken or vegetable stock - I prefer chicken.
  • 1 medium to large potato, roughly chopped.
  • Half a teaspoon of grated nutmeg. Nutmeg adds a nice tasty, warmth to the spinach.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Step by step....

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Bacon, spinach, onion, garlic, potato, grated nutmeg, chicken stock and pepper is all you need for this tasty soup.Fry the chopped bacon and onion together.Stir in the spinach.Add a spoon of flour to thicken the soup.Pour in the stock, then add the chopped garlic and diced potato.When the soup is cooked, blend it to the consistency you prefer. Serve in a bowl with a little grated cheese sprinkled on the top and croutons.
Bacon, spinach, onion, garlic, potato, grated nutmeg, chicken stock and pepper is all you need for this tasty soup.
Bacon, spinach, onion, garlic, potato, grated nutmeg, chicken stock and pepper is all you need for this tasty soup.
Fry the chopped bacon and onion together.
Fry the chopped bacon and onion together.
Stir in the spinach.
Stir in the spinach.
Add a spoon of flour to thicken the soup.
Add a spoon of flour to thicken the soup.
Pour in the stock, then add the chopped garlic and diced potato.
Pour in the stock, then add the chopped garlic and diced potato.
When the soup is cooked, blend it to the consistency you prefer.
When the soup is cooked, blend it to the consistency you prefer.
Serve in a bowl with a little grated cheese sprinkled on the top and croutons.
Serve in a bowl with a little grated cheese sprinkled on the top and croutons.

If you regularly make soups from scratch, I'd recommend investing in a pressure cooker to speed up cooking and to help prevent loss of vitamin....

Now just....

  • Gently fry the chopped bacon and onion together in a large pan or pressure cooker, until lightly browned.
  • Add the defrosted spinach and flour, mix all the ingredients together and cook for two minutes, stirring to stop it from sticking to the pan.
  • Add the stock, chopped potato, garlic, grated nutmeg and stir together.
  • If using a pressure cooker, attach the lid and once the pan is hissing cook for seven minutes. Then remove from the heat. Once you can open the pan, blend the soup using a hand-blender or you can spoon the soup into an upright blender and blend it to your preferred consistency.
  • If using an ordinary saucepan, cover and bring to the boil, let it simmer for thirty minutes. Remove from the heat and blend using a hand-blender or spoon the soup into an upright blender and blend it to your preferred consistency.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Dish into bowls and sprinkle with cheese and croutons. Serve with fresh crusty bread or toast



Handy whole nutmeg graters with a compartment to store your whole nutmeg....

Some soup making tips....

I would highly recommend using freshly grated nutmeg and freshly ground pepper if you can, pepper can be easily ground using a pepper mill - you can buy peppercorns that come in cheap, plastic pepper mills if you don't have a pepper mill although it is worth investing in a proper pepper mill and you can easily grate whole nutmeg with a fine metal grater, you'll really taste the difference.


It's worth investing in a pressure cooker and a handblender if you make soups regularly from scratch. They really don't take much longer to cook than a store bought soup and are so much healthier as you know exactly what goes into them.

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    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      8 years ago from Greece

      Hi stessily, nutmeg adds a definite warm to the spinach. I'm glad that you like the recipe and I hope it lives up to your expectations.

      Thank you for the nice comment.

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      stessily 

      8 years ago

      debbie, Spinach soup is one of my favourite soups. I'm amazed at the endless variations which exist for this magnificent soup. Nutmeg is a standard seasoning for my spinach soups; they blend so well together. I've found that a potato (I'm partial to red) is great for smoothing the purée.

      Wonderful, easy recipe.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing Debbie!! I always enjoy your work!!

      JT

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      8 years ago from Greece

      Hi JT, I'm glad you enjoyed the soup, we have it at least once a week at the moment. Winter has been rather cold and it's a nice belly warming soup.

      Always good to see you around..Thank you...

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      JT Walters 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Debbie,

      I gave this one a try to I have to say it was quite wonderful and tasted nothing like spinach at all but was delicious. I am not a spinach fan but loved the soup!!

      JT

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      8 years ago from Greece

      You've just got to look at the Popeye before and after eating his tin of spinach to know that it's full of goodness!!

      Thanks for taking time to comment.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      8 years ago from Asia

      Voted up and useful. As I've learned in Asia, just because it is healthy, really doesn't mean it needs to taste crap. Spinach is an extremely healthy food!

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX

      I'm not usually a fan of soups but I'm going to try this ..vegan style.

    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi debbie,

      This looks simple enough and it reminds me of whilted lettuce salad but with spinach instead. Everything is what I would expect it to be but the nutmeg. I make soups quite a bit as well but not spinach soup. I will have to give this recipe a try.

      JT

    • debbie roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Roberts 

      8 years ago from Greece

      Hi Judi Bee.You make be pleasantly surprised, it's one of my daughters favourites and she's not a fan of spinach otherwise.

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      Judi Brown 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi Debbie - my husband loves spinach, so I will give this a try (don't think the daughter will go for it though).

      Voted up!

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