Spinach and Pear Soup

 Originally published January 14, 2013

I love this soup! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory. It’s lowfat, and can be made in a vegetarian version very easily.

I adapted this recipe from one I saw in a cookbook I got from my mother called “Soup and Bread,” by Crescent Dragonwagon. (I’m serious. That’s her name.) It’s a great cookbook with soup recipes that range from incredibly easy to terribly complex. This is on the easy end. My version is not exactly the same as the cookbook recipe. But the results are fantastic. And if you take it to work, you can enjoy the looks on your coworkers’ faces when they see you eating this very, very green soup.
Spinach and Pear Soup
2 cups broth of your choice
1 pear, pealed and chopped
1-2 tbsp olive oil
3 chopped scallions
4-6 cups fresh spinach
1 container of Muller Greek Yogurt with Carmelized Almonds
1/4 cup lowfat blue cheese crumbles
Peel and cut the pear and cook in the broth over medium low heat until soft.
Saute the scallions in the olive oil and add the spinach, cooking until the spinach has wilted. You’ll notice in the picture below, I didn’t bother taking the stems off. If you want to, go ahead. You’re going to puree all of this, so I don’t think it’s necessary.
Remove any overcooked bits like the one in the middle of the picture.
Allow everything to cool for 4-5 minutes. Blend until smooth and add the Muller yogurt. If you don’t have this yogurt in your store, you can add about 6 ounces of plain lowfat yogurt and a couple ounces of chopped almonds.
Add the blue cheese crumbles. Heat through and serve. You’ll get about 4 servings of soup.
I know it’s that time of year when everyone and his brother is turning to Dr. Oz’s famous Green Drink for their weight loss miracle. I don’t have a fancy blender that can handle pineapple or celery. I consider this MY green drink/weight loss miracle. It’s quite satisfying and since it has a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables, I can only guess it is nutritionally sound.
You can make this with apples, add more or less scallions, use walnuts or pecans instead of almonds. Let me know how you modified it.
Enjoy!

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