Rustic Spinach and Cornmeal Soup

Rustic Spinach and Cornmeal Soup

I was looking through some random recipes from Bon Appetit when I stumbled across this recipe for soup. I had just a small amount of left over cornmeal from when I made some polenta dishes eons ago.

This recipe was perfect! I had everything on hand except for the spinach. In my mind, this entire pot of soup cost me only $1.50 (for the half bunch of spinach I used) . Sweet deal!

Perfect for a simple lunch or dinner. I used half canned chicken stock and half vegetable stock when i made it. I recommend going full vegetarian on this one. Oh, and sprinkling a little Parmesan cheese into the soup makes it divine!


Rustic Spinach and Cornmeal Soup

This thick soup has a texture almost like porridge.

6 servings
Recipe by Lidia Bastianich



  • 6 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 8 ounces baby spinach leaves


  • Bring 6 cups broth to simmer in large saucepan; cover to keep warm. Whisk polenta and flour in heavy large pot. Add 1 cup hot broth; whisk over medium-high heat until smooth. Stir in butter and garlic; sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.
  • Gradually add 5 cups hot broth by cupfuls. Boil gently over medium heat until polenta is tender and soup is creamy and thickened, whisking frequently and adding more broth to thin, if desired, about 25 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach by handfuls; simmer until wilted, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Season with more coarse salt and black pepper.
  • Ladle soup into 6 bowls and serve.
Nutritional Information
6 servings, 1 serving contains (Analysis uses low-salt chicken broth.):
Calories (kcal) 191.2
%Calories from Fat 36.1
Fat (g) 7.7
Saturated Fat (g) 4.5
Cholesterol (mg) 21.7
Carbohydrates (g) 23.4
Dietary Fiber (g) 3.2
Total Sugars (g) 2.1
Net Carbs (g) 20.2
Protein (g) 8.0
Sodium (mg) 383.5

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