Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spinach and Cashew Cheese Bisque

I rarely follow a recipe exactly, but I actually got out my measuring spoons for this soup.  It just looked and sounded so perfect that I didn't want to change anything!

The recipe comes from the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of Eating Well magazine- Spinach and Goat Cheese Bisque.  Now, obviously, I didn't follow the recipe exactly since I used cashew cheese instead off goat cheese.  But I'm pretty sure it's just as good.  If pureeing cashews with a little salt and lemon juice makes cashew cheese good enough to smear on crackers, it must be good enough for this soup!

It seems like every recipe I read in Eating Well looks phenomenal.  I love the focus on fresh vegetables and avoidance of processed convenience foods.  And the articles are intelligently written and based on real research!  There's no celebrity chef crap or fluffy little articles.

The recipe says it makes about 8 cups, but I got closer to twelve.  Not sure how that happened... But I'm happy to have lots of this soup for my lunches this week!

The base of the soup is caramelized onions, potato, broth and over a pound of spinach.  In case you didn't know, a pound of spinach looks like a ton.

 Just look at all this spinach!

This looks a little bit weird, but when I poured the pureed cashews & soaking liquid into the soup, I knew  this soup was going to be amazing.  Once pureed, it's velvety creamy & smooth, with a bright spinach-y flavor.  The only down-side to this soup is that it's not very filling.  I'm going to pack some crackers and fruit along with it...and maybe something else I've been baking up.  


Catherine said...

I'm obsessed with Eating Well, too -- for all of your same reasons! I really believe it's the best food magazine I've found.

Was that one of Anna Thomas's green soup recipes? I have "Love Soup" -- should go find that recipe and make it!

sarah said...

That looks great. How did you make the cashew cheese?

Anonymous said...

Do you think that recipe is on Eating Well's website? I would love to try it! Wanna share your cashew cheese recipe?! :-)


Kristina said...

Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I love using cashews in a recipe for Curried Carrot Cashew Soup I found. (On my blog) I can't wait to make this one. And maybe, just maybe, my husband may try it too.