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I found this recipe in a South American cookbook. It has very unusual recipes, many containing nuts for soups or stews, used as a thickening agent. And all come out incredible.
Great flavor and very vibrantly colored soup. We served it with chickpeas crackers, very easy to make, you can find the recipe here, and also with a tofu-mustard-dill sauce. Delicious!
I would like to point out that if you can find fresh spinach, it makes total difference. Okay, maybe it will take 30 minutes more in preparation to clean the spinach and cut the stalks…BUT you will get a better and healthier result.
•INGREDIENTS• (for 4 servings)
→2 tbls olive oil
→2 medium onions, chopped
→2 red chilies, dried or fresh, seeded
→2 slices of bread (you can use any stale bread or fresh; I used a whole wheat bread, but you can use any kind), crust off and cut into cubes
→110 gr / 4oz hazelnuts
→1 liter / 2 pints vegetable broth
→450 gr / 1 lb fresh spinach
→225 gr / 8oz watercress (I used rocket since I couldn’t find watercress)
→salt and pepper
Prepare all your ingredients: slice the onions, wash the spinach and rocket, cut the bread into cubes. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onions and chilies and cook for 5 minutes until they are nearly soft but not colored. Add the bread and hazelnuts and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the stock, salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add all the spinach and watercress stalks/rocket (warning:it might seem like a lot of greens, but they will wilt in a second), and cook for 5 minutes.
pour the soup in a blender and process till smooth. If it seems to thick add a little more stock.
Enjoy! as it is or with the tofu sauce below.
→ 200 gr silken organic tofu (perfect for making sauces)
→2 tbls good quality mustard sauce
→1/2 tsp paprika
→1 tbls olive oil
→1/4 cup dill
Blend all and serve with bread or crackers or as a soup topping.