Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil , plus more for garnish

  2. 2 large yellow onions , chopped

  3. 1 teaspoon(s) salt , divided

  4. 2 tablespoon(s) water

  5. 3 cup(s) water

  6. 1/4 cup(s) arborio rice

  7. 1 bunch(es) (about 1 pound) green chard

  8. 14 cup(s) (about 12 ounces) gently packed spinach , any tough stems trimmed

  9. 4 cup(s) vegetable broth , store-bought or homemade

  10. 1 pinch(s) (big) cayenne pepper

  11. 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice , or more to taste

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add 2 tablespoons water and cover. Cook, stirring frequently until the pan cools down, and then occasionally, always covering the pan again, until the onions are greatly reduced and have a deep caramel color, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 3 cups water and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a soup pot or Dutch oven; add rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Trim the white ribs out of the chard (save for another use, such as to add to a stir-fry or other soup). Coarsely chop the chard greens and spinach.

  3. When the rice has cooked for 15 minutes, stir in the chard greens. Return to a simmer; cover and cook for 10 minutes. When the onions are caramelized, stir a little of the simmering liquid into them; add them to the rice along with the spinach, broth, and cayenne. Return to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring once, until the spinach is tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes more.

  4. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender until perfectly smooth or in a regular blender in batches (return it to the pot). Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Taste and add more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish each bowl of soup with a drizzle of olive oil.

  5. Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat Carbohydrate Servings: 1 Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (148% daily value), Vitamin C (40% dv), Magnesium (20% dv), Folate (16% dv).


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