Last night I tried a heavily adapted version of this recipe, and WOWEE, was I pleasantly surprised!
It’s called “Slime Soup”… for obvious reasons. (Although alternatively, you may choose to call it Pea, Spinach, & Pesto Soup. But calling it Slime Soup is pretty much a guarantee your kids will think it is awesome and request it by name. And who doesn’t want their kids requesting to eat peas and spinach??)
I pinned this a few weeks ago after seeing the ever-fabulous Nigella Lawson make in on the Cooking Channel. It looked so effortless… and effortless it is! I was also drawn to it because it looked extremely healthful and low-cal and we’ve been on the lookout for good, healthy recipes this month. It’s always nice when you can eat something hot and filling for very few calories. Makes me feel like I’m cheating the system somehow.
Anyway, you won’t find an easier soup. There is no sauteeing at all! You simply boil the peas and spinach in a mixture of water and broth with a scallion. After a few minutes you remove the scallion, add in some pesto and fresh mozzarella cheese, and blend it all up! The result is a hot, nourishing, and truly tasty soup. You’ll find my adapted recipe below.
*Note: I do recommend purchasing an immersion blender for this and many other soup recipes that require blending. It is worth it not to have to transfer a hot pot of liquid to a blender… scary!
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Serves: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes
-1 bag frozen peas (12 oz. size)
-1 cup chopped frozen spinach
-1 can chicken broth
-1 1/2 C. water
-2 scallions, left whole
-3 T. prepared pesto
-4 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, chopped
-salt and pepper to taste
Bring water and broth to a boil with the scallions in a medium saucepan. When water is boiling, add the peas and spinach to the water and allow to cook until heated through. Remove the scallions and discard. Stir in 3 T. prepared pesto. At the last moment, add in the chopped fresh mozzarella and blend with an immersion blender or in a separate blender. (If using a separate blender, blend in two batches to prevent overflow.) Blend until soup is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve piping hot!
This recipe really was a delightful surprise and my husband and I gobbled up the entire pot alongside some healthy chicken fingers. I’ll be making it many many more times I am sure.
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