Have you ever tried to cook something and in the end it became something totally different because you had to improvise? Well, this soup is such a creation.
I was in a rush from work and my plan was to cook some spinach ricotta gnocchi with sage butter and parmesan. The idea came to me because I knew, I had all ingredients at home. However, what I ended up doing was a soooooooup. Why? Well, simply – I did NOT have any eggs nor any bread at home to give the gnocchi the right consistency. Oh well! So, I just used what I had and cooked this very simple, yet yummy soup instead.
Let me assure you – you will love this soup because of two reasons: First, it basically has the same flavor as spinach ricotta gnocchi only that it is in a liquid form. And second (even more importantly!), the soup is so much easier and quicker to do than the gnocchi – for a week night dinner, it certainly is the perfect match!
serves 4-6 portions
- 750 ml vegetable broth
- 1-2 potatoes – cut into little cubes
- 1 garlic clove – peeled and crushed
- 1 onion (small) – peeled, cut into pieces
- 500 gr fresh spinach leaves
- 200 gr ricotta cheese
- 50 gr parmesan – freshly grounded
- 180 ml cream – in case you want to give the soup a really creamy taste
- 4 sage leaves
- 50 gr butter – melted
- salt & pepper – freshly grounded
1// Place the broth together with the onion, garlic and the potatoes into a pot and bring to the boil for about 10 minutes.
2// When the potatoes are soft, add the spinach for only 1-2 minutes so it does not loose its fresh green color. Set aside.
3// Puree all with a handmixer until the broth becomes smooth, then add the cream and mix again until it becomes really creamy.
4// For the sage butter, melt the butter on hight heat, place the sage leaves inside and let cook for a few seconds until crisp. Don’t let the butter burn!
5// Put the soup on serving dishes and top with the hot sage butter, freshly grounded salt and pepper and serve with freshly roasted Italian bread.
I hope you enjoy this soup and feel the spring coming!