Mexican Leek Soup
This soup is so satisfying. You can substitute other beans, use kale instead of spinach, or add leftover corn. For brunch, I add a fried egg on top and for dinner, my husband adds lots of hot sauce! —Donna Ahnert, Scotia, New York
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 20 min.
- 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 medium leeks (white portion only), chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup french-fried onions
- 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- Chopped fresh cilantro, optional
- Place the beans, leeks and water in a 1-qt. microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high until tender, 4-5 minutes.
- In a blender, process bean mixture and spinach until smooth. Return to the bowl; add cheeses and seasonings. Whisk in cream. Cover and microwave on high until heated through, stirring once, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with onions and bacon and, if desired, chopped cilantro.
Editor's NoteThis recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts1-1/2 cups: 641 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1240mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 11g fiber), 34g protein.
Mar 14, 2009
I just used regular milk and mozarella cheese (what I had on hand). I also didn't have the onions but I added a dollop of unflavored Greek yogurt. It was delicious!