Green Eggs & Ham Soup

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Would you, could you make this creamy green soup recipe? How about if we told you it's dairy-free--just flavorful pureed veggies topped with a perfectly poached egg and ham? Trust us, whether you eat it in a box or with a fox, in a house or with a mouse, both you and your kids will love this storybook-perfect soup.

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 ounces thick-cut ham or prosciutto, diced

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets

  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

  • teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ham (or prosciutto) and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate; set aside.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pot. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth, broccoli, cauliflower, thyme and salt. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the broccoli is very tender, about 6 minutes. Add spinach and parsley. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Cover to keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, bring water and vinegar to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce to a bare simmer. Gently stir in a circle so the water is swirling around the pan. Break an egg into a small bowl, then submerge the lip of the bowl into the simmering water and gently add the egg. Working quickly, repeat with the remaining eggs. Cook 4 minutes for soft set, 5 minutes for medium set and 8 minutes for hard set.

  4. Serve the soup topped with a poached egg, some ham (or prosciutto) and parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
15g Fat
14g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g 43%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 199mg 66%
Vitamin A 6402IU 128%
Vitamin C 125mg 138%
Folate 115mcg 29%
Sodium 671mg 29%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 89mg 21%
Potassium 818mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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