Monday, May 30, 2011

Spinach, Garlic & Basil Soup

The inspiration for this wonderfully smooth and zesty soup was "food as medicine". To minimalize the severity and duration of a serious head cold was my culinary challenge. Garlic and lots of it, was my answer.

Actually, spring garlic and lots of it. Spring garlic is immature garlic that has a bulb, and has a milky, milder flavor than fully matured garlic. I found mine at the Farmer's Market:

I have to say, I think it's rather lovely.

Usually to offset a cold, I go for sinus-busting jalapeno. Perhaps it was the "warding off evil" quality of garlic that made it spring (ha!) to mind. Although garlic is, perhaps, better known as an anti-bacterial and an immune system enhancer, it is also said to have anti-viral properties.

What's great about this soup is that it requires very little time to prepare, is soothing, and easy on the stomach. It tastes and feels very healthy... in a good way.

I made a small batch and ate it for my first meal, so the following recipe produces about 6 cups. It's also one of those recipes you can rift on forever. I'm going to try adding some Indian flavors too. I thought the bright green color would fade, but it's still going strong. Lovely.

Spinach, Garlic & Basil Soup:

1 TBS olive oil
3 bulbs of spring garlic
32 oz vegetable broth
black pepper
14 oz organic spinach
basil as desired ( I used 1/3 cup)

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed large saucepan. Chop the spring garlic bulbs, removing any papery skin. Saute the garlic over medium low heat for 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, cover, and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the salt, black pepper and spinach and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the basil and cook for one minute. Remover from the heat and use an immersion blender to blend. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.



Anonymous technology news said...

looks tasty and healthy!! thx for the great recipe.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous hosting said...


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11:03 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Barban said...

Nice recipe!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I love garlic and basil. What a fantastic idea (and brilliant color). Thanks for the recipe!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Very nice blog! I am thinking I'll have to try a variation of this soup to use some of my garlic scapes... Thank you for sharing!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Telebrands said...

This spinach, garlic and basil soup sounds great. The striking green color is wonderful.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Selena said...

This is a great recipe. Going to try it out!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous jorjettecelestine said...

It is definetly delicious. I have my own basil and garlic, so I should try to find some fresh spinach.

Thank you for idea!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Recipe Contests said...


This sounds so good. I'm assuming you used fresh basil (anything else would be a sin).?.

I'm also thinking it would be interesting to try with kale which is more available here, in the south.


8:36 AM  
Anonymous Poorvi said...

Wow - I can imagine this would smell so great. Will have to try it this week!

1:56 PM  
Blogger FJK said...

I love green (spring) garlic and this sounds delish. My favorite head cold blaster is hot and sour soup, though

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Tomato said...

uhmm yummm, love it!

11:54 PM  
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