Green Eggs & Ham Soup
ACTIVE: 45 min TOTAL: 45 min
Would you, could you eat this creamy green soup? How about if we told you it contains no cream—or dairy of any kind—just flavorful pureed veggies topped with a perfectly poached egg and ham? Trust us, whether you eat it in a box or with a fox, in a house or with a mouse, both you and your kids will love this storybook-perfect soup.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil,
4 ounces thick-cut ham or prosciutto,
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups chopped broccoli florets
2 cups chopped cauliflower florets 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves ⅛ teaspoon salt
4 cups baby spinach
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley,
plus more for garnish
8 cups water
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 4 large eggs
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ham (or prosciutto) and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside.
2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pot. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth, broccoli, cauliflower, thyme and salt. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the broccoli is very tender, about 6 minutes. Add spinach and parsley. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Cover to keep warm.
3. Meanwhile, bring water and vinegar to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce to a bare simmer. Gently stir in a circle so the water is swirling around the pan. Break an egg into a small bowl, then submerge the lip of the bowl into the simmering water and gently add the egg. Working quickly, repeat with the remaining eggs. Cook 4 minutes for soft set, 5 minutes for medium set and 8 minutes for hard set.
4. Serve the soup topped with a poached egg, some ham (or prosciutto) and parsley, if desired.
SERVES 4: 1½ cups soup & 1 egg each
CAL 266 / FAT 15G (SAT 4G) / CHOL 199MG / CARBS 14G / TOTAL SUGARS 3G (ADDED 0G) / PROTEIN 22G /
FIBER 5G / SODIUM 671MG / POTASSIUM 818MG.