I was surprised by how good this soup was! My two kids though (ages 5 and 9), didn’t care for it. I think it was mainly because of the color. The bright green threw them off! I didn’t use any of the suggested toppings, but it was still good. I hate that my kids didn’t like this, because this soup is packed full of healthy veggies. 😦
(Rachael Ray magazine, Jan./Feb. 2016)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 leeks, white and light green parts, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small head broccoli, trimmed, stalks and florets chopped
1 large russet potato, peeled and coarsely grated on the large holes of a box grater
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped (I used dried thyme)
1 quart vegetable stock
12 ounces fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped
A little freshly grated or ground nutmeg (1/8 to 1/4 tsp.)
2 teaspoons lemon zest, plus juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tbsp.)
Creme fraiche, coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving
In a medium soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium. Add the butter. When it foams, add the leeks and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the broccoli, potato and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat a bit, then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
Add the stock; bring to a boil. Add the spinach, season with the nutmeg and stir until the spinach wilts, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Using an immersion blender or working in batches in a food processor, puree the soup, thinning with water if too thick. Add the lemon zest and juice; season. Serve in shallow bowls topped with the creme fraiche, nuts and cheese.