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Wednesday: Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup with Parmesan Crisps

Ann, a member from Northern California shared this one with us – its simple, creamy, bright and delish – a real food hit!  
Serves: 4     Prep: 15     Cooking: 40

Ingredients

For the Soup
2 leeks, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
kosher salt and black pepper
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
1 small russet potato, peeled and chopped 5 ounces spinach
sour cream
 
For the Crisps
1 baguette
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

Prep Opportunity
Rinse and chop the leeks.
Chop the broccoli
Peel and chop the potato  - store covered by water at room temp.
1
Preheat oven to 400º.
2
In a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté the leeks in the butter with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir a few times, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
3
Add the vegetable broth, broccoli, and potato. Simmer until tender - 20 minutes.
4
Meanwhile, slice baguette, at an angle, into ¼” thick slices.
5
Laythe slices baquette out on a baking sheet.
6
Pop in the oven to bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, top with shredded cheese and bake again for 3-5 minutes – watch them!
7
Stir in the spinach into the soup until wilted.
8
Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Alternately, you can use a handheld immersion blender.
9
Taste and
10
Serve soup in warmed bowls with a dollop of sour cream, a bit of freshly ground black pepper and a parmesan crisp o the side.