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Ingredient of the Week: Frozen Spinach

Blocks of frozen spinach

Blocks of frozen spinach

When cooking purists give you recipes that include spinach, they will always tell you to buy fresh spinach and wilt it down. This is one area where I tend to cheat, as I find that frozen spinach works just as well and is much cheaper. Fresh spinach is delicious in salads, but I wouldn’t bother with cooking it, as even a large bag wilts down to almost nothing.  And you’ll never notice the difference in taste, especially if it’s going into a slow-cooked dish.

Frozen spinach is a really handy staple to have in your freezer – you only need a couple of blocks for each recipe so a single bag will go quite far.

Frozen spinach costs €1.69 for a 1.1kg bag in Tesco.

Spinach and Potato Soup

This soup is a great comfort food, and less bland than Leek and Potato Soup.

Ingredients

  • 3 blocks of frozen spinach
  • 3 large potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 800ml vegetable stock
  • Black pepper
  • Knob of butter

Instructions

  1. Sweat the onion in the butter until it’s soft
  2. Put in the vegetable stock, potatoes and spinach
  3. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 20-30 mins until the potatoes are soft.
  4. Grind in some black pepper to taste, and puree the soup in a blender. If the soup is too thick, add a little more stock or some hot water.

This will make about four bowls, and the soup is really good with brown bread.  You could add cream towards the end if you like, although I find the potato makes it creamy enough.

4 Comments

  1. Brilliant, I’m going to try that. I have a giant bag of spinach languishing in the freezer, looking for a home!

  2. I completely agree, fresh spinach takes a while to prepare as it needs lots of cleaning. Frozen spinach is very popular in Italy, love spinach as a side to steak. Just cooked in the pan with a little diced shallot, some seasoning and nutmeg – yum:)

  3. All frozen vegetables are great for a large variety of Easy Soup Recipes. They can make a normally long cooking process into a short and easy one without damaging the taste and texture much.

  4. Frozen spinach is great used as a layer under cheese when making your own pizza.

    Also yum in omlettes and tortilla’s, and an easy way to get your greens into you.