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    Chez Panisse Spinach Soup

    Chez Panisse Spinach Soup. Photo by chia

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    Total Time:

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    45 mins

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    Chef Kate's Note:

    Adapted from "Chez Panisse Cooking" by Paul Bertolli. "Garnish the soup with garlic butter," Bertolli writes, "or swirls of crème fraîche thinned to the consistency of the soup and chopped nasturtium petals." He also suggests serving it with grated Parmesan, small buttered garlic croutons and extra-virgin olive oil drizzled over the surface. "Puréed spinach will turn a dull army green color within 20 minutes, so this soup should be blended, seasoned and served immediately."

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    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced (4 ounces)
    • 1 stalk celery, diced (2 1/2 ounces)
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (6 ounces)
    • 18 ounces spinach, de-stemmed, washed and drained (2 - 3 bunches)
    • salt, pepper


    1. 1
      Melt the butter in a wide stainless-steel pot (at least a 5-quart capacity) over medium-low heat.
    2. 2
      Add three-fourths cup of water and the carrot, celery and onion. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to cook at a low simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add 4 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.
    4. 4
      Add the spinach and boil for 1 additional minute, stirring until all of the spinach is well-wilted. Do not cover the pot: volatile acids, which are released when the vegetable is heated, will condense on the lid, fall back into the pot and cause discoloration.
    5. 5
      Purée the entire mixture using an immersion blender, or pour into a blender to purée, and transfer the soup immediately to a hot tureen. Do not strain the soup.
    6. 6
      Season with 1 1/2 tsps. salt and a pinch of pepper, or to taste, garnish as desired and serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 14, 2014


      Easy and delicious hot or cold.

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    • on January 15, 2008


      this was fantastic- so easy to make and the bright green color reminded me of spring. this is a great light first course and the only thing i added was some tarragon and freshly grated nutmeg.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chez Panisse Spinach Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (98 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 75.7
    Calories from Fat 54
    Total Fat 6.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.7 g
    Cholesterol 15.2 mg
    Sodium 102.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 1.3 g
    Protein 2.1 g

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