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Posts Tagged ‘green garlic and spinach soup’

Baby Bok Choy and Spinach Soup

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2011

I was going off the “recipe” for Green Garlic and Spinach Soup, but I was not measuring and making it up as I went along so the measurements are not exact.

When I served it I put some mozzarella in it.  For hubby I put some raw onions and mozzarella.  But I made him taste it BEFORE I added anything and he thought is was good without the added onions and cheese.  I would imagine if you like pepper it would be a GREAT addition to this soup.  I was going to serve it with hot sauce to my hubby because originally I thought it was going to be rather flavorless, but it turned out not to be flavorless and he liked it.

Keep in mind that I made this up, never having made a soup like this and never having used the immersion blender.  So you might want to read my “Experimental Soup” post so that you know some of the issues if you haven’t done something like this before.  Basically keep an eye on things because this post is not a step by step, “turn stove on, turn stove off” kind of recipe.
Baby Bok Choy and Spinach Soup

–olive oil
–1/2 (ish) of a medium sized onion chopped
–some chopped onion (for garnish)
–2 bundles of baby bok choy
(chopped, bottom portion separate from leafy portion)
–2 or 3 tsp of minced garlic
–garlic powder
–garlic salt
–48 oz of chicken broth
–some beer
–shake or two of teriyaki
–1 6-oz bag of spinach
–1.5 (ish) wooden spoonful of cream cheese
–mozzarella

Sautee onions in the olive oil.  When the onions look tender add in the chopped bottom portion of the bok choy. Let it cook a minute, then add the garlic.  While the bok choy is cooking, add garlic powder and garlic salt to help the veggies sweat.  Sautee until tender.  Then pour in the broth.  Added some beer and teriyaki.

Stir it as you feel necessary throughout the entire process.

Bring to boil. Add the cream cheese if you are going to use it.  Add leafy portion of the bok choy and bag of spinach.  Gently boil for a few minutes or until the veggies are wilted.

Once the veggies looked wilted use the blender to mix it all up.

Ok, so if you try this let me know.  If you make changes let me know.  Sometimes I just stick to what I have tried because I don’t wanna ruin a good thing so you can do the experimenting for me and let me know what you’ve done that works!  😉

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Creamy soup without Cream

Posted by terrepruitt on April 5, 2011

Last week one of my friends posted something on her Facebook page about green garlic.  I meant to ask her about it when I talked to her but I forgot.  Then she visited my blog and made a comment that included green garlic.  She said she had posted a recipe of green garlic and spinach soup.  She has many things that she makes that I want to try and I told her I put that on my list, well, I can cross it off.  She had me over to lunch and she made green garlic soup.

First of call green garlic is somewhat what it sounds like.  It is not GREEN so much as it is “new’ or not yet read to be mature garlic garlic.  It looks like a scallion, but it is the garlic before it starts changing into cloves and a bulb.

I was able to witness this being made and she made it look so easy.  Much easier than the recipe looked.  She made a creamy soup without any cream.  It is awesome.  I need to find my immersion blender and start using it and I too will be able to make creamy soups and sauces without cream.

She cut up the green garlic.  Sautéed it in olive oil.  She used a little bit of butter, maybe a teaspoon or two.  She cooked it until it was tender.  Then she poured in a box of stock.  I spotted the recipe and it called for vegetable stock, but as we were dining she said she used chicken.  So I am going to use whichever one I can find without Canola Oil.  🙂  Then she put in a huge bunch of spinach.  It wilted quickly then she blended it all in the pot.

It was gorgeous.  It was delicious.  It has to be nutritious because it was garlic, olive oil, spinach, and low sodium chicken stock.    Oh, she did add crème fraîche to the bottom of our bowls, but that could be left out.

I can’t wait to find my blender’s directions so I can change the blade and get to making soups.  I sure it will happen just in time as the weather changes.

If my friend happens to read this and wants to correct, add, or change anything in my notes on her recipe please do.  Also, if you are here . . . . thank you so much.  Thank you for visiting and thank you for having me over for your yummy soup and closet shopping!

Soup?  Do you make your own soup?  What is your favorite recipe?

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