Here’s a another delicious way to eat your greens – Simple Spiced Spinach Soup.

This soup happened a bit by chance. It was an easy weekend awhile back when we decided we were in the mood for something light like salad. Hubby offered to make a quick trip to the grocery store to get the ingredients. But, when I saw what he came back with, I realized salad probably wasn’t going to work. In the bags: one bunch of spinach (not baby), celery, and carrots. These weren’t salad ingredients. They were moreโ€ฆsoup ingredients!

So, I decided to create a simple soup, starting with a basic mirepoix (my usual soup starting point) thanks to some frozen chopped onions. I added fire roasted tomatoes for a deep, almost smoky flavor, plus chickpeas for substance. Chili powder added to the spiced flavor of the soup, and the spinach wilted beautifully into the broth to add extra vegetables to each serving.

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Simple Spiced Spinach Soup

Healthy, simple ingredients, easy to make. What’s not to like? This soup would make a delicious, light dinner or lunch, perfect with hearty toasted whole grain bread. Just a couple pantry spices add a tasty, spiced flavor. Freeze the leftovers for a “fast food” option without having to leave your house.

Cook time: approximately 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small (or half large) onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped (I like to cut mine into thin circles for looks)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 box (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (I used medium heat chili powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 bunch spinach, stems removed, ripped/chopped into small bite-sized pieces
  • parsley, optional for garnish

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat a medium-large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, celery, and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in vegetable broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, chili powder, and paprika. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted and to the texture you like, about 5-10 minutes (just taste test the spinach till you like the texture).
  4. Serve with hearty whole grain toast. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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