This is a fast, easy way to make creamed soups. You can also use most any frozen vegetable. Cream of broccoli is also delicious.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, bouillon, and spinach. Bring to a boil, and cook until spinach is tender.

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  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Season with minced onion, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in spinach mixture.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 10.1g 20% DV; carbohydrates 19.1g 6% DV; fat 12.9g 20% DV; cholesterol 38mg 13% DV; sodium 1053.3mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2006
I have made this recipe twice, and I love it. There are several things I did the second time around that made it better (all gathered from other reviewers) 1. I used about 1 lb of fresh spinach and blended the spinach mixture. 2. Used 2 cups milk & 1 cup heavy cream 3. Used fresh onion and garlic 4. Added a dash of Celery Salt, Cayanne Pepper, nutmeg, and thyme 5. Mixed in about 1/4 cup Parmasean Cheese. Most of these ideas came from other reviews. Combining them all together makes a really good soup (and not bland at all). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2010
As written it was too bland. However after making it using the tips from KOliveras comment it was excellent. Will definitely make again! Thanks for the base recipe. It was a good way to get rid of some frozen spinach in the freezer. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 234
  • 4 star values: 65
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2006
I have made this recipe twice, and I love it. There are several things I did the second time around that made it better (all gathered from other reviewers) 1. I used about 1 lb of fresh spinach and blended the spinach mixture. 2. Used 2 cups milk & 1 cup heavy cream 3. Used fresh onion and garlic 4. Added a dash of Celery Salt, Cayanne Pepper, nutmeg, and thyme 5. Mixed in about 1/4 cup Parmasean Cheese. Most of these ideas came from other reviews. Combining them all together makes a really good soup (and not bland at all). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2010
Following the recipe as is I would only rate this 3 out of 5 stars. Do the following and its definately a 5 star recipe. I thought it was too plain. Take out the water and bouilloon; use chicken broth instead (better & fuller flavor) Use 2 cups of half & half and 1 cup of milk. Substitute 1/4 cup fresh minced onion instead of dried. Add 2 cup of shredded swiss cheese. 1. Saute onion in butter in large saucepan until onion is soft. 2. Add 1/4 c flour, wisk with butter and onion until well mixed. Pour in chicken broth, wisking rapidly to ensure everything mixes well. 3. Add spinach. Bring to a boil. 4. Add cream & milk. 5. Add cheese, stirring constantly until all cheese is melted. 6. Season to taste. (I also added two drops of roasted habinaro sauce which has a really nice flavor without making it spicy. I hate black pepper so I use other peppers) This soup was very filling and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2003
OMG this is so good. I have made this soup sooo many times! I've use just broccoli; 1/2 broccoli 1/2 spinach; combo of broccoli and cauliflower; cauliflower broccoli and spinach. I have used chopped whole and fresh spinach and had good results each time. I don't really measure it's just what I have on hand. Never fails and always comes out good. Usually when I add broccoli to the spinach or cauliflower it just tastes like cream of broccoli. Also I usually put 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions in with the veggies and don't use the minced onions at the end. I also use a hand blender and make the soup nice and creamy. It's such a quick and easy soup. I always have the stuff on hand so I can whip it up in a moments notice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2005
This is delicious and the perfect compliment is shredded parmesan cheese. It's great with toasted garlic bread. Like others I caramelized red onion in the butter added a few red pepper flakes and used chicken stock instead of the water and boullion. Also I threw the cooked spinach and broth and a cup of the cold milk in the blender (be careful after you initially start the blender with the lid on as you need to allow the steam to escape or the blender might explode). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
Excellent soup. I used half and half (in place of milk) veg. "chicken" boullion fresh spinach and also threw in some brocoli. Put half the mixture in the blender for variation of texture. I was able to get my kids to eat their spinach & brocoli! Can't wait to make it again...thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2004
oh Lordie!! i was just surfing around ALLRECIPES for spinach recipes and encountered this. i had some frozen cut-leaf spinach and a ton of milk that was gonna go bad in 2 days so i said "why not? it got good ratings". so i busted out all the ingredients. and mind you the milk i had was the 1% milk fat lowfat milk so i was expecting it to taste mediocre since it wasn't heavy cream or anything. but to my surprise it was wonderful!! i was even hesitant since it used water and chicken bouillon but the taste was so good even better than the can! the one thing that i changed was that i used 2 chicken bouillon and 1 veggie bouillion and added a little water (2 TB) and cornstarch (1 TB) to make it even thicker. (i love thick soup). i also used frozen cut leaf spinach since i didn't have the whole chopped frozen spinach but i liked it even better because the spinach was more tender. so overall this recipe gets 5 kick- stars!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
Yummmmmmy! I used fresh spinach and also sauted a little onion and mushrooms. Used 1% milk and it thickened just fine. Also added 3/4 tsp. mild curry powder, 1 & 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 white pepper. Great recipe!!! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2007
Excellent recipe! I don't know what else to say but it was fast easy and so delicious! THANKS! UPDATE: I wanted to say here it is more then 5 years after I rated this the 1st time and I still make this soup and people still LOVE it! I use fresh onions and garlic in it and its just such a great soup! Oddly wonderful over pasta!!! Yes you read that right its a super light sauce for pasta and with a bit of Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese its a quick perfect dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2005
We absolutely love this recipe! We've made it many times and it turns out great every time. The only thing we do different is to put the spinach/bouillon/water mixture into the food processor after it has cooked until smooth and pretty green. We like the looks a little better and then you don't have strings of spinach hanging over your spoon while eating.:) Great recipe and perfect with a loaf of fresh french bread or cornbread! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2010
As written it was too bland. However after making it using the tips from KOliveras comment it was excellent. Will definitely make again! Thanks for the base recipe. It was a good way to get rid of some frozen spinach in the freezer. Read More
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