Spinach is such a beloved ingredient across the entire world. It grows well, needs little maintenance and a nice wash before you can feel free to use it in your food. We've wanted to share a few amazing recipes that we truly adore, which highlight the amazing flavor of the veg, as well as the unique culture of the country they originate.
Here are some comforting soups with a favorite green leafy vegetable, Spinach! You are in for a treat, a lot of Spinach and green colour and a whole list of healthy recipes for you and your family.
Canadian Spinach Soup - Cooking time 30-35 mins
Canadian Spinach is a rich, creamy affair - it's also known as creamed Spinach! Making this simple soup can be wonderful for a large family affair, as everyone will want a little helping of the hot, gooey, melted goodness!
This is one recipe where parmesan cheese is a must! It will melt and provide flavor like no other cheese quite does, and we can't recommend it enough in this dish.
We would like to mention one tip quickly - this dish might be too rich for some people to have as a soup, so don't feel like you need to sit with a spoon to make your way through it. Instead, try having a small amount in a ramekin, and using it to dunk bread and crudites.
Syrian Spinach Soup - cooking time 45 mins
This wonderfully thick, rich, and creamy Syrian soup is packed with stuff - from the obvious Spinach to yogurt and basmati rice which helps to introduce a whole new dimension of flavor! You can try it with brown rice too.
This one-pot recipe comes together in no time, meaning that you can have dinner ready for your family in as little as 35 minutes. Something that will help with that prep time is to ensure you use an immersion blender - you'll puree the Spinach and mint in the recipe in no time, which speeds the process up.
You can use either chicken broth or vegetable stock when cooking this soup, but we'd recommend veggie stock. It's an easy way to get a great hit of savory vegetable flavors in the pot in no time at all.
Give this amazing, minty soup a go soon!
Ndole (Cameroonian )Spinach Soup - 1 hour, 10 mins
To make an amazing helping of this ultimate comfort food, simply fetch your biggest dutch oven, a food processor, a bag of leafy greens, preferably fresh spinach leaves if you can't get the Cameroonian bitter leaves commonly used for this dish, garlic, and green onions.
The utterly superb combination of peanuts, bitter leaves (which are a spinach substitute), meat, crayfish, and oil makes for a harmony of spectacular flavors. The saltiness from the fish contrasts nicely with the creaminess of the peanuts, leading to an amazing soup that tastes almost like spinach dip - only way more addictive!
This is a great way to get one of the best comforting foods into your diet, and we couldn't recommend it enough! This delicious soup from Cameroon is a great recipe and a healthy soup that the entire family will enjoy. Make sure to check your ingredient list here at no extra cost and get some fresh ingredients. Do not worry about the cooking time; after all you will enjoy a favorite African meal.
Japanese Spinach and Egg Miso Soup - 20 mins
While most people already have a notion in their heads about what miso soup is, they couldn't be more wrong. The only things that make miso soup are dashi (fish stock) and miso paste. As long as you use those ingredients, you can still make miso soup!
We'd recommend using white miso in this recipe, as Spinach and egg are relatively mild flavors, so using red miso would likely overpower them.
Making this fresh spinach soup really couldn't be easier. Get a large saucepan, and add in the dashi stock, and washed Spinach. Cook gently until the spinach wilts, and then turn the heat off. Add the miso paste to the pan and stir it in before gently pouring beaten eggs into the soup while stirring. Then, serve the soup hot! We'd recommend serving the hot soup with some thinly sliced spring onions; it always makes a bowl of miso soup look incredible!
Australian Potato and Spinach Soup - 45 mins
A wonderful, straightforward Australian potato and spinach soup is a wonderful thing. The overall flavor is delicious and utterly simple, allowing you to fall in love with the basic tastes in the dish.
We love that this recipe includes a little bit of bacon in the mix. While bacon isn't perfect with every dish, the extremely salty flavor opposes the bright, vegetal flavors that the rest of the soup has. However, you don't need much bacon - just two rashers will do plenty of heavy lifting in this meal.
If you wanted to put a new spin on this dish, try adding a small handful of grated parmesan to the broth - it will melt in no time, and impart some wonderfully funky flavors too!
Chinese Spinach Soup - 30 mins
This amazing dish brings together several ingredients to form something which embodies all the characteristics of great Chinese food - potent flavor, healthy, and unique usage of fish.
The usage of a lot of garlic in this recipe takes a powerful back seat to some of the other ingredients - but you certainly notice that it's there. It provides a great base with the other ingredients interacting with your tastebuds, including the dried anchovy broth, which brings an utterly unique taste to the table.
Next time you make a spinach soup - make it this one! There's a huge amount of variation that you could experiment with, such as using goji berries or a dash of lemon juice in the broth. Either of those ingredients would bring a wonderfully fruity, bright note to the meal - how tasty!