Spinach & Goat Cheese Bisque

Spinach & Goat Cheese Bisque

A little fresh goat cheese and a touch of butter are just enough to make this spinach soup silky, creamy and a little nutty—but not enough to overdo it. We use dark green spinach for this soup because of the lovely color it produces, though you could use red-veined spinach and have just as good a flavor in a more Army-inspired khaki color. Recipe by Anna Thomas for EatingWell.

From EatingWell: September/October 2011
Yield: 8 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more to taste
  4. 2 tablespoons plus 2 cups water, divided
  5. 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh
  6. 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
  7. 2 tablespoons cream sherry or Marsala
  8. 4 cups vegetable broth, store-bought or homemade
  9. 24 cups gently packed spinach (about 1 1/4 pounds), any tough stems trimmed
  10. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/2 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese (2 ounces), plus more for garnish
  13. 2 tablespoons butter
  14. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
  15. Soup croutons for garnish (see below)

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add 2 tablespoons water and thyme and cover. Cook, stirring frequently until the pan cools down, and then occasionally, always covering the pan again, until the onions are greatly reduced and have a deep caramel color, 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large soup pot or Dutch oven; add potato. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until very soft, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. When the onions are caramelized, stir sherry (or Marsala) into them; add them to the pot along with broth. Return to a simmer. Stir in spinach, cayenne and nutmeg; cover and cook, stirring once, until the spinach is tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir in goat cheese, butter and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; allow the butter and cheese to melt. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender until perfectly smooth or in a regular blender in batches (return it to the pot). Taste and add more salt and/or lemon juice, if desired. Serve garnished with a large soup crouton and crumbled goat cheese, if desired.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 147 calories; 7 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 11 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 447 mg sodium; 514 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (128% daily value), Vitamin C (30% dv), Folate (24% dv), Iron & Magnesium (16% dv)

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat