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Creamy Spinach and Brocolette Soup

I had some spinach and brocolette from my CSA box that needed to be used, so I created this recipe.  The garlic and shallots were also from the box.

Creamy Spinach and Brocolette Soup

2-4 cups fresh spinach
1 bunch fresh brocolette
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS butter
1 shallot
1 large clove garlic
½ cup white wine
½ cup flour, divided
49 oz can of fat-free chicken broth
3 cups 2% milk
½ cup orzo
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp kosher salt
cayenne pepper, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1.    Wash and chop spinach
2.    Wash brocolette and trim 1/8” off of the ends. Chop into 1” pieces.
3.    Mince shallot and garlic.
4.    Heat oil and butter in a dutch oven
5.    Sautee shallot and garlic until soft but not brown.
6.    Add white wine, let simmer until alcohol cooks off.
7.    Add ¼ cup flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
8.    Add chicken broth and whisk to combine the roux.
9.    Add spinach and brocolette, simmer until vegetables are soft.
10.Puree ¾ of soup in batches in a regular blender then return to pot.
11.Whisk ¼ cup flour into milk and add to pot along with the spices and the orzo.
12.Simmer until orzo is cooked then stir in parmesan cheese.
All measurements are approximate as I made it up as I went along.  It may be easier to add all of the flour in the beginning before adding the broth.  Mine wasn’t as thick as I wanted it so I whisked more flour into the milk.  Experiment and let me know how yours turns out.

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