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Emerald-Green Velvet Soup


This simple recipe transforms leafy greens into a silky-textured, vibrant puree. The soup's rich color makes this dish a natural choice for a spring brunch -- or a lush first course for an intimate dinner.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Lisa Cohen

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2006


  • 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 to 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Cook's Notes

You can keep leftovers in the refrigerator for several days; reheat them over a low flame to preserve the color.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Emkathryn
    25 JAN, 2012
    Absolutely delish!
  • MS10685953
    4 FEB, 2011
    could i substitute spinach?
  • mykidsmomof4
    3 APR, 2009
    Is it served warm or cold?
  • raindrops913
    15 DEC, 2008
    I just made this soup for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! My boyfriend even loved it. I recommend this soup for anyone who loves the taste of parsley. It ends up being silky/creamy without any fattening ingredients. Great recipe!