White Bean & Spinach Soup with Chorizo

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White Bean & Spinach Soup with Chorizo

White Bean & Spinach Soup with Chorizo

The rejected gift

So in the midst of this, I tried to cook him some soup to aid him in his recovery, which in turn would help preserve our marriage and allow me to keep a modicum of sanity. I had some spinach leftover from the Daring Bakers Spinach lasgane escapade, some chorizo in the freezer and some cannellini beans in the cupboard so I was pretty much there and done. I threw in some other vegetables that I thought would go well with it and and some garlic which would help with his flu and voila, I finally had a soup that would be fit for my Little King.

White Bean & Spinach Soup with Chorizo

Did he like it? Perhaps it was the guilt from rejecting the gift, perhaps he was getting better but he loved it and ate is greedily. His appetite returned for this sustaining and healthy soup and before I knew it, he had eaten more than he had within the last few days combined. The soup somehow had a creamy texture from the white beans and the spinach and the addition of the chorizo gave it a spicy punctuation (but of course you could make this totally low fat and vegetarian by omitting the chorizo). And in return he was much less cranky and that certainly saved my sanity and subsequently, our marriage.

White Bean & Spinach Soup with Chorizo

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon of oil

  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2x400g/14ozs cans of cannellini beans

  • 1 litre/ 1/2 pint of vegetable stock

  • 300g/10ozs spinach (fresh or frozen, chopped)

  • cloves of garlic, sliced

  • 2x Chorizo sausages

  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1 - In a large saucepan, heat oil and fry the celery, onion and carrot until softened - about 10 minutes

Step 2 - Add bay leaves, stock, spinach and beans and simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 3 - Meanwhile, in a shallow saucepan, fry the garlic and chorizo until chorizo is cooked through and garlic is browned (but not burnt)

Step 4 - Taste soup for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary. Blend soup in blender until smooth. Ladle into bowls and place chorizo pieces on top. Serve with crusty bread - I served it with an olive sourdough.

White Bean & Spinach Soup with Chorizo