Avocado & Spinach Soup

Avocado and Spinach Soup? Don’t worry, I haven’t gone all cray-cray super healthy – there’s some cheese and bacon hidden in this recipe!

I’ve been wanting to do an avocado based recipe for a while, after all it is the super food of the moment, I also realised that I haven’t yet done a soup recipe on my blog.  Avocado soup?!  In for a penny….!

The spinach felt like a natural addition to this recipe – another super food and a mild buttery taste that would compliment the avo. To add a smokiness to the final soup, I used ham stock instead of chicken or vegetable, some smoked paprika and fried up some crispy bacon.  The roquefort adds a kick of saltiness to the dish.

Enjoy a healthy helping of avo and spinach, with added bacon and cheese!

Avocado & Spinach soup

Serves 4-6

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 small onions (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 litre ham stock
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 200g baby spinach leaves
  • 100g roquefort cheese (or another blue cheese)
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander (finely chopped, stalks and all)

To serve

  • sour cream
  • fresh chives

Put a large saucepan over a medium heat with a small glug of oil.  Once hot, pop in the bacon and fry until it starts to go crispy, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Then throw in the celery, onions, garlic, paprika, cumin, brown sugar and the juice of half a lemon.  Sir together for about 15mins until the veg starts to soften.  Add in the stock, bring to the boil and let simmer for about 30mins until the stock has reduced to half.

While waiting for the stock to reduce, peel and stone the avocados into a bowl, add the juice of 1/2 lemon, a pinch of salt and pepper and mash.  Leave to one side until ready to use.

Once the stock has reduced, adding the mashed avocado and stir well.  Heat through for 3-5 mins.  Then, a handful at a time, mix in the spinach.  Cook through for another 5 mins

Dice the cheese and add to the pan along with the coriander.  Stir until the cheese is melted.

Pop the whole lot into a food processor and blend well.

Serve with a spoonful of sour cream and some chopped chives.

avocado and spinach soup

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