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Smokey Swiss Spinach and Almond Soup

April 3, 2013


Third cheesy recipe in a row?? I promise I’ve eaten things other than dairy lately.  Even if you don’t count Easter candy.  In fact, Friday’s recipe will be vegan and packed full of fruit.  But today, it’s all about cheese.  I had a soup like this a long time ago and crave it all the time.  At this point, I don’t even remember where I got it from, but I know that it was topped with slivered almonds and loaded with spinach.

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I imagine this is true for most people, but I absolutely hated Swiss cheese when I was younger.  I’m not sure at what point this changed, but now I can’t get enough.  All melty in a grilled cheese, on a veggie burger with sauteed mushrooms – I want it all the time!  If you’re still not a fan of Swiss (I know you will be one day!), I’d suggest swapping it out for Gouda and skipping the liquid smoke.  This is more of an appetizer or on-the-side kind of soup, not a full meal.  If you want to bulk it up and eat it like a meal, I suggest adding white beans or chickpeas, some cooked sliced carrots, and maybe even some broccoli.

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See that tasty looking loaf of whole grain bread in the background? Don’t be fooled.  I accidentally quadrupled the amount of yeast and it tasted like poison.  I’ve since remade the bread and, with the appropriate amount of yeast, it was amazing and came together in just one hour.  I’ll definitely be posting this bread later – it looks so pretty and tastes soooo good!  I wanted to make it one more time first though, probably so I can feel redeemed and not like a total bread failure ;-)

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Do you also see that adorable Dusseldorf mustard in the beer mug jar?  It’s amazing.  I bought it on impulse from the international food section of my grocery store because of the cute jar, but it is no joke the best mustard I’ve ever had.  Which is saying something, because I love mustard.  I highly recommend you seek it out and give it a try if you have never tried it!

Smokey Swiss Spinach and Almond Soup
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Serves: 4
 

Ingredients
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 4 c unsweetened almond milk (or other milk choice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tsp Dusseldorf mustard (or Dijon)
  • 3 Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedges
  • 5 oz Swiss cheese (or light Swiss cheese)
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 – 4 big handfuls of spinach
  • 4 tbsp almond slivers

Instructions
  1. Toast the flour in a dry, medium-sized sauce pan for ~ 5 minutes. You want the flour to darken slightly and smell a little nutty. This will help develop flavor and make the flour thirstier.
  2. Slowly add the almond milk, whisking as you add to avoid lumps. Add the garlic and mustard and bring to an almost-boil over medium high heat.
  3. When the soup is almost your desired thickness, melt the cheeses into the milk and add the liquid smoke. Taste and add salt and pepper.
  4. Roughly chop the spinach and stir into the soup. Reduce heat and cook 5 – 10 minutes longer to wilt the spinach.
  5. Serve and top with almonds.

 

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20 Comments
    Erin @ The Speckled Palate Apr 05, 2013

    Welp, I know what I’m making for dinner sometime in the near future. We always have spinach and unsweetned almond milk on hand (as I like both in my morning smoothies!), and my husband LOVES Swiss cheese. As for me? I used to hate it, and it’s OK to me now. Not a huge fan, but I bet it’s lovely here, and I cannot wait to try this!

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      Kelly Apr 05, 2013

      adding liquid smoke helps keep it from getting overwhelmingly Swiss-y. let me know if you try it out!

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    Natalie Apr 04, 2013

    What a creamy soup with such wonderful flavours! Loving all the cheese!!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry Apr 04, 2013

    Bring on the cheese recipes! While I am slightly lactose and tolerant, I can’t seem to give the stuff up. And these soup looks so creamy.

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    Anna @ ApronHearts Apr 04, 2013

    If it’s all about cheese I’m for it :). Your soup looks delicious..what an amazing combination of flavors!

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness Apr 03, 2013

    I’m always up for a bowl of cheese soup! And I can’t wait to see the non-poision version of that bread ;)

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    crazyforcrust Apr 03, 2013

    This soup is fabulous! I’m sad we’re almost out of soup season, but I’ll still make it anyway!

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    Ashley Bee Apr 03, 2013

    What a great soup! And sorry about the bread, but I cannot wait to see the non-poison version ;)

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      Kelly Apr 03, 2013

      We all need our kitchen failures once in a while, right? Why… I’m not sure, but I’ll pretend it made me a better person or something to feel a little better about it!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments Apr 03, 2013

    This is like creamed spinach in a bowl…nice and cheesy! It looks velvety and delicious! I love mustard, so I’m going to have to try Dusseldorf for sure.

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      Kelly Apr 03, 2013

      I’ve actually never had creamed spinach, so I didn’t even think to make that connection. If you love mustard, you HAVE to try Dusseldorf. I’ve only tried the one brand, but it’s seriously so good I’ve eaten it with a spoon from the jar.

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    Joanne Apr 03, 2013

    I’ve been all about the dairy lately also!! I’ve been blaming it on the fact that it’s supposed to feel like spring but so totally doesn’t. What a wonderful soup!

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      Kelly Apr 03, 2013

      Yes. Let’s blame it on the weather. Totally not our faults ;-)

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    Julia Apr 03, 2013

    Cheeeese! I’ll never smite you for posting cheesy recipes all in a row. This soup looks like a cozy evening in a bowl to me…we’re having some chilly weather right now and a bowl of soup sounds wonderful. I have actually never made a cheesy soup at home, so I’m thinking this bowl needs to be on the menu!

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      Kelly Apr 03, 2013

      Cheese soups are my favorite kind, but never meet my dietary restrictions in restaurants (plus they always use heavy cream in addition to cheese, which I just can’t let myself eat when its SO easy to make at home!), so I make them all the time!

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    The Domestic Rebel Apr 03, 2013

    Yes. Yes. And more yes. I LOVE soup. I wish my family wasn’t lame and thought of soup as like, an appetizer. It’s TOTALLY A MEAL. And I want to eat this morning, noon and night.

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    cleaneatingveggiegirl Apr 03, 2013

    This looks so good and super comforting :). Aren’t the Laughing Cow cheese wedges amazing? I swear they are one of the most versatile foods to cook with. I will definitely have to give this a try! :)

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