photo by JackieOhNo!
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 1⁄2 onion, chopped fine
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 6 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 1⁄4 cups split peas, rinsed
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 cups zucchini, diced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb spinach, washed and chopped
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Saute the onion, garlic and celery in oil until soft. Add 4 1/2 cups of stock, split peas, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; then cover loosely and simmer over low heat for about 40 minutes.
- Add zucchini, remaining stock, and seasonings. Cook for another 10 minutes, until zucchini is tender.
- Remove bay leaves and discard. Puree soup, return to the soup pot and stir in the spinach and parsley. Cook over medium heat for several minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve.
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Wow! Even though I read all the wonderful reviews, I really didn't expect that much from this soup. Sure, I thought I'd feel very virtuous eating it, and that was sort of my intention for trying it. I made it exactly as posted, using a stick blender to puree the soup, and then adding spinach, which I did not chop (just a personal preference). This soup was perfectly seasoned and needed not one change! It is divine! I'm sure I will make this often, as I like feeling virtuous, and enjoy eating well while doing so! Thanks for sharing! Made for PRMR Tag Game.
The outstanding flavor of this soup denies the simplicity and healthfulness of its ingredients. It was easy to make, and I used extra garlic and basil (no parsley as I didn't have any) and left some chunky before stirring in the spinach. This stands beautifully on its own but I enjoyed a slice of grainy bread with it. Thanks so much for a definite keeper! Update: I have since made this many times; last week I served it to a visiting friend who claims to hate greens. Well, he ate at least three bowls of this!!
It is February, Its is cold. It is dreary.I needed green and lots of it, and this fits the bill. So very tasty, this is going to be a fav of mine. Needing green the way I did, I did add 1 green bell pepper finely chopped. I also added the spinach and then pureed it. (only half of it though, love it chunky)I wiwh my camera was working because it truly is beautiful. I garnished my bowl with a dollp of low fat sour cream, sprinkled roasted pumpkin seeds, and added a few drops of red hot sauce. I can't imagine what a resturant would have charged for something as pretty. All this wonderful things said, only one of my four kids would try it (the one who did loved it)I think it was too green.!!!! Thanks Cali Jan!! People you got to try this!
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