Basic Green Soup


  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil Marketplace Koroneiki EVOO plus more for garnish
  • 2 large yellow onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3 cups of water divided
  • 1/4 cup of arborio rice
  • 1 bunch of green chard about 1 pound
  • 14 cups of gently packed spinach about 12 ounces, any tough stems trimmed
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth store-bought or homemade
  • Big pinch of of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or more to taste


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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