Spinach and mushroom soup

What to do with a lonesome can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup and a bag of spinach that was in danger of wilting into oblivion? A few days before New Year’s Eve, I bought a bag of spinach intending to make a side dish with it. The side dish never materialized — my daughters were home on their Christmas break and they had so many requests for every meal. And the plan for a spinach side dish was ignored day after day.

Speedy drove the girls back to the condo on Sunday evening and, by Monday morning, I was scouring the fridge for anything worth cooking. And I found the bag of spinach. Some of the leaves had wilted but most were still in cooking condition. I discarded the bad leaves, got the good ones and…

… I put them in the blender with a cup of water and made a spinach puree.

Next, I opened the can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, poured the contents into a pan and heated it slowly. When the soup started thinning, I whisked it and poured in the spinach puree. I stirred to blend the condensed canned soup with the spinach puree.

When the mixture boiled, I turned off the heat. The soup tasted great but it could be improved. A few knobs of butter and a few dashes of salt and pepper did the trick.

And I served the soup with home baked bread knots. Lovely, lovely. I’m not a fan of canned goods but I’ll make an exception with Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup.

The recipe for the bread knots coming up next.

Cooking time (duration): 15 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: lunch

  • http://www.pinkmagaline.com Pink MagaLine

    It is cold these days. A bowl of soup is the best remedy. It was a part of my menu today.

    • Connie

      Speedy and Sam like their soup, no matter the weather. :-P

  • dyna

    hi ms connie. im wondering if you have a bread maker or you make your bread all by yourself. you make fancy and great looking breads i must say. =) happy new year!

    • Connie

      No breadmaker. Just manual kneading.

  • http://srivaulx.typepad.com/blog Starshadow Rivaulx

    Ahhh, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom – my childhood comfort food. My mom would heat up a can and add a few tablespoons of cooked rice into my soup bowl, whenever I was feverish.

    To this day I use Campbell’s soups as quick soup or sauce bases. The one time I did a chicken-rice casserole with cream of mushroom, was a gratifying hit with the family. :)

    But somehow nothing beats the old-fashioned way that Ma served it when I was little.

    • Connie

      Did you know that there are two versions of Campbell’s mushroom soup now? There’s mushroom soup and there’s cream of mushroom soup. And the prices are different.

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  • Tsef M

    true enough! the butter made it 10/10! thanks so much for the recipe!