Today, I invented this soothing, smooth & festive green courgettes & spinach soup. I received a whole bunch of fresh organic spinach from my father’s garden. So, I had to use it!
I joined the spinach with green courgettes, garlic, a red onion, a potato to thicken, garam masala, garlic powder & a vegan & gluten-free vegetable stock. I didn’t sweat my veggies. I pureed them all in my Vitamix. Finally, I added the hot vegetable stock, mixed for a bit & poured the soup into a larger cooking pot & heated the soup up for a few minutes on medium low fire. Instead of croutons, I thought that smoked tofu would go well with the garam masala in the soup & I was right! This is a festive soup, great for entertaining & the Vitamix makes the soup very smooth!
This soup is vegan & gluten-free! Yeah!
Recipe: For about 6 persons, 1 big bowl
1 large potato, peeled & cut into 2
1 large red onion, peeled & cut into 2
3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & cut roughly into chunks
200 gr of fresh, washed, cleaned & spun dry spinach leaves, big stalks removed
480 gr green young courgettes, washed, cleaned, skin kept on! pad dry on kitchen paper, cut into 4/ If you have larger courgettes, remove the seeds!!!
1 + 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of Maldon sea salt flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, finely grinned
1 liter vegan & gluten-free vegetable stock
200 gr of vegan & gluten-free organic smoked tofu, drained, pad dry on kitchen paper & cut into 0.5 cm chunks with a sharp knife / I use Provamel
1. In your Vitamix, add the potato pieces, the onion & green courgettes pieces. Place the fitting lid on & place the tamper in it. Turn the machine on low-speed from 1 & then turn to 10 & click onto high power. With the tamper, push everything down & to the left & to the right until everything comes together & is finely mixed. It only took 1 minute! Turn high power off, lower the speed from 10 to 1 & turn the machine off. Pour the greenish mix into a larger cooking pot.
2. Now, place all the spinach leaves into your Vitamix. Pour the hot vegetable stock into your Vitamix. Be careful, the stock is hot!!! I placed the fitting lid on & the tamper in it. Turn the machine on variable speed & go from 1 to 10 & turn on high! Blend for 1 minute or so until the spinach is finely mixed into the hot stock & use the tamper to push it all down. Turn high power off, lower the speed from 10 to 1 & turn the machine off. Pour this stuff into the rest of the greenish soup mix. Whisk everything together & heat up on medium low or until your liking. Now, add 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, the garlic powder, the sea salt, black pepper. Whisk well & taste! I added an extra 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala to the soup for extra added flavour. I used 1 + 1/2 teaspoon in total!
3. In the meantime, heat a medium pan on high heat. Add a knob of vegan butter & let it melt. Add the chunks of smoked tofu & fry until crispy & browned on all sides. Season with Maldon sea salt & finely grinned black pepper. Taste!
4. Laddle your soup in soup bowls & divide your smoked tofu croutons over the top, in the middle of your soup. Happy Eating!
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