Emerald-Green Velvet Soup
We normally think of flat-leaf parsley as a garnish or an herb added to a dish for flavor, but it makes a surprisingly delicious main ingredient for a soup as well. This simple recipe transforms leafy greens into a silky textured, vibrant pure;. The soup's rich color makes this dish a natural choice for a spring brunch-or a lush first course for an intimate dinner. You can keep leftovers in the refrigerator for several days; reheat them over a low flame to preserve the color. 156 calories; 9 g protein; 6 g fat; 21 g carb; 4 g fiber.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove pressed through a garlic press or minced
- 1 large Yukon gold potato (about 8 ounces), peeled and diced
- 4 cups canned reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 5-6 cups (from 1 large bunch) flat-leaf parsley
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- Optional garnishes (choose one): croutons, edible flowers, extra-virgin olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, or minced fresh herbs like chives
In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic; cover and cook, stirring occasionally until onion has softened, about 3 minutes. Add potato and broth, and raise heat to high; bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer until potato is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley and cook, uncovered, until parsley is wilted, about 2 minutes.
Working in batches, puree mixture in blender until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Ladle into individual soup bowls and garnish, if desired, with one of the optional garnishes. Serve immediately.