Florentine-style dishes have one thing in common: heart-healthy spinach. In this case, the leafy greens combine with chunks of ham in a chowderlike soup. For best results, remove spinach stems before cooking.
- Makes: 4 to 5 servings
- Hands On 30 mins
- Total Time 30 mins
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sliced carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup water
- 8 ounces fully cooked ham, diced
- 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
- In a medium saucepan, combine the 1 1/2 cups water, the carrot, onion, green sweet pepper, celery, bouillon granules and pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Don’t drain.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour. Add milk and the 1 cup water. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
- Add the vegetable mixture and ham to the milk mixture. Heat through. Stir in the spinach. Serve immediately.
SOURCE: Midwest Living