Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes

Warm and creamy–and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new favorite comfort food!  Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

This is it. The soup of (family) legend!  How many times does a soup achieve that!  

And I’d like to say it’s because it’s the tastiest soup ever.  Alas, IMHO, it’s a nice fall or winter soup but I’m not entering it in the next great chef contest.  On the other hand, my youngest daughter (aka, my “picky” daughter), says it’s the best, most comforting soup ever.  So, I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself! Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

Why I Don’t Blend this Soup

But back to the legend…. If you go browsing online, you will see that sometimes this soup (or similar) is pureed.  It may be to make the soup thicker, or sometimes to achieve a smooth consistency.  The reasons will vary.

And I honestly can’t remember why I decided to puree it, after successfully serving it to my kids many times before.  But that day I threw caution to the wind, poured the soup into the blender, and cycled it on.

And… even I didn’t like the color.    Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

When my kids arrived for dinner, there was a universal, “Eeuuwww!”  And my oldest quipped sarcastically, “You made cream of pond scum soup!” 

So to this day, “cream of pond scum” is firmly entrenched in the family vernacular, alongside “grab a mouse first thing in the morning” the catchphrase from when I mistook a still warm mouse for a cat toy.

So truly…, this is you only warning.  Think twice before blending it.  Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

Not Julia Child’s Cream of Spinach Soup

Julia Child’s cream of spinach soup is probably the classic recipe for this.  She uses onions instead of leeks, thickens with egg yolk in addition to flour and adds no potatoes. 

And as I explored the recipe more, I had to wonder if mine is a composite of this with the (also classic) potato leek soup.  Of course, I do love that this gives diners two vegetables–add a veggie–even if I can’t take credit for it.

And Julia didn’t puree it either, I might add.

The recipe is French, however.  My mother researched it for an international food celebration at my high school, where I studied French.  And ever since, it’s been a keeper over two generations, though we called in Spinach Potato Leek soup back in the day!

Step by Step Directions

The soup comes together easily.  You saute the celery and leeks.

Sautee leeks and celery

Stir in the flour and add the broth to thicken.

add broth

Add potatoes and cook until tender.

Cook potatoes until tender

Add spinach and cook until wilted.

Add spinach.

Add cream, bring back to temperature and serve.  Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

When and How to Serve

As I mentioned, my daughter loves Cream of Spinach Soup as a comfort food–it was one of her favorite “just got the braces tightened” meals.  She’d eat it for breakfast then which was fine with me since she wasn’t able to eat her usual carrot sticks at lunch!

Of course, for everyday eating, this is delicious served in the classic combinations of soup and (half) sandwich or soup and salad.  Or it’s fine just on its own as a light lunch.  In that case a loaf of crusty bread or a basket of muffins is a wonderful accompaniment. 

This soup would also make an excellent first course since it’s light enough not to dampen the appetite excessively. 

I love using thin slices of mini-peppers as a garnish on this, especially since parsley would disappear!  And if you have them, a nice scattering of croutons would add texture and be visually appealing!  Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

Tips and FAQs

Cream of spinach is a lovely soup any time of the year.  But it’s especially nice in fall and winter.  And happily, both leeks and potatoes are long lasting so you may be able to make this with local ingredients even in January!   

Spinach is regularly on the EWG Dirty Dozen list of most contaminated fruits and vegetables, so buy organic if you can.  Either fresh or frozen will work. 

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Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Warm and creamy and healthier than chicken soup, Cream of Spinach Soup with Potatoes may be your new comfort food!

Ingredients

  • ¼ c butter
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green only, chopped fine
  • 2 celery stalks w/leaves, cut fine
  • ¼ c flour
  • 4 c chicken broth (or vegetable)
  • 2 c cubed potato
  • ½ c cream or milk (non-dairy for vegan option)
  • About 4 cups of spinach, ripped into smaller pieces

Instructions

Sautee leeks and celery in butter until softened. Stir in flour and cook for a few minutes.

Add the broth and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add the potatoes and continue cooking.

When potatoes are tender, stir in the spinach and cook just until wilted.

Add cream or milk, bring back to temperature if needed and serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.


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