Potato & Spinach soup - rescue recipe

With the dark nights and the weather recently turning colder again I have started to think about how I make the most of my forgotten foods and turn them into winter warmers.

Our partners at Love Food Hate Waste have provided this helpful winter warming rescue recipe to inspire you to use up whatever you have in the fridge, freezer and cupboards, saving you money and keeping out the cold too!

Spinach and potato soup - one of my favourites.  Spinach is an excellent antioxidant and is low fat too. Use fresh or wilted – or leftovers – it doesnt matter if it looks a bit tired it will still make a really tasty soup.  Potatoes are a great everyday store cupboard essential which keep really well if stored in a cool dark place.  It doesn’t matter if your potatoes look a bit tired or start sprouting simply give them a good peel to bring them back to their best.

Ingredients:
• 1 finely chopped onion
• 3 large potatoes
• 2 pints vegetable stock
• 250g fresh spinach leaves
• Salt & pepper
Method:
1. Place the potatoes, onion in a large saucepan and fry lightly for 10 minutes.
2. Add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes until potatoes are soft and cooked.
3. Season with ground black pepper and add the spinach. Cook for a further 5 minutes.

If you wish you can then blend the soup and you can add a glug of cream to suit.  Dont be afraid to play with this recipe and add in any other veg you have to use up - anything goes with soup.

Soups can be the perfect way to turn cheap, healthy staple veg into tasty filling dinners for the family. Whatever the size of your household soup is perfect to use up whatever is in the fridge and it can be frozen in individual portions, giving you homemade, cheap ready meals for those nights when the last thing you want to do is cook.
 

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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