Creamy Basque Vegetable Soup – Recipe

This soothing soup is from the colorful Basque region of Spain. The recipe gets its rich, creamy texture from pureeing the ingredients, not from dairy or fat. Fresh young spinach and leeks give it lots of mineral nutrition, and the preparation is simplicity itself.


4 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
2 leeks, both white and pale green parts, cut into 4 or 5 pieces, crosswise
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
1 bunch spinach
6 cups water
3 tablespoons olive oil
Croutons for garnish (optional)

1. In a large saucepan or stockpot, combine the potatoes, leeks, carrots, and spinach with the water and bring the contents to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 30 minutes, until the root vegetables are fork-tender. Add the oil and season to taste with salt. Cook for about 5 minutes longer so the flavors blend.

2. Puree the mixture in a blender, food processor, or food mill (you may have to do this in batches). Return the puree to the pot and gently reheat it, if necessary. Ladle into shallow soup bowls and serve, garnished with croutons, if you like.

Serves 6.

Adapted from The Basque Table by Teresa Barrenechea (Harvard Common Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Teresa Barrenechea. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from The Basque Table by Teresa Barrenechea (Harvard Common Press, 1998).


Dana W.
Dana W3 years ago

Looks easy and delicious - thanks

Robert O.
Robert O3 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for this

Angela N.
Angela N4 years ago

thanks a lot!!

J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago


KARLOLINA G5 years ago

Now I have to try this!

Bon L.
Bon L5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Mervi R.
Mervi R6 years ago

Great, thanks!

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

Thanks for this article.