I needed some green soup.

Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
Is dental.

~Ogden Nash

Off and on since October I’ve been the frequent recipient of the benefits of modern dentistry, at which I am amazed and for which I am greatly thankful. Still, more than once while waiting “for things to settle down” I’ve had the proverbial aching tooth that is so distracting and mentally consuming. Just to prevent pain and promote recovery I was on two different occasions instructed to eat “nothing harder than spaghetti” for three days. That means no crunchy vegetables, which are one of my favorite munchies. It’s a good thing I have many soup recipes, and it’s also good that I had made a giant batch of this one before the torture began.

I made it with kale this time, and Mr. Glad thought that version was not half as good as the original spinach, but I could still slurp it by the quart. It’s the anise seed that makes it special. The recipe is pretty straightforward; I usually multiply it x8 so that I can have it in the freezer and at-the-ready. It loses nothing by waiting in the freezer and is a great accompaniment to any Italian main dish. I like it just as well without the cheese and lemon.

P1120284kale soup


1 T. olive oil
½ c. each thinly sliced celery and green onion
2 tsp. anise seed
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach (other leafy greens may be substituted)
3 c. regular-strength chicken broth
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
lemon wedges
grated Parmesan cheese

Pour oil into a 3-4 qt. Pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add celery, onion, and anise seed to pan; stir occasionally until vegetables just begin to brown, 8-10 minutes. Add spinach, broth, and pepper; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Pour soup, a portion at a time, into a blender or food processor (or use immersion blender?), and whirl until smoothly puréed. Reheat if necessary, pour into bowls, and offer lemon wedges and cheese to add to taste. Makes four servings (unless you are serving someone like me, who would want to eat this whole pot.)

10 thoughts on “I needed some green soup.

  1. The nerves in our mouths do take ever so long to settle down sometimes. I think that increased vitamin B that I have been taking has helped a few sensitive teeth I have been sporting.

    It looks like lovely soup and it is beautiful photo on that exotic fabric.


  2. Oh goodness – I love pretty much anything with spinach, although I’m having a hard time imagining the combination of the anise flavor with the others in this recipe! I’ll have to try it. Also, I posted an Ogden Nash poem on my blog too just recently, how funny!


  3. Very pretty! I feel your pain…or should I say I feel my pain. I’ve had a tooth giving me probs, too. I am in the new crown stage but then the pain became financial. Oh well. I am thankful for the help dentists provide and if you think about it teeth really are amazing things. I hope yours heals quickly. Blessings from Texas…Leslie


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