Red Mountain Spinach Soup

Recipe approved by Mango ✔️

I never even heard about the red mountain spinach before and of course I never ate any, until my mom bought me some from the local farmer’s market last week. For the frist 2 days I kept it in a glass of water in the fridge, while I was looking for recipes. Finally I found one I liked. It had only two other ingredients I never used: lovage and borș. 🤭

I’m glad I was brave enough to try this soup because it became one of my favourites.

Here’s what you will need for like…. well 10. 🤭 (The recipe I found wasn’t really a recipe. It was a broadcast with a nun cooking something traditional for like the whole monastery. 😅 I made 1/4 of it, but still, it was a lot…)

  • Lots of red mountain spinach, the more you use the pinker your soup gets. I should’ve used more. But this was all I had. Next time I’ll make it pinker.
  • 2-3 cups of liquid borș or one squeezed lemon
  • 1 big onion
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 red paprika
  • Lovage (fresh if possible)
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 500 ml of tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Chop the onion, the carrots and the paprika. Put 3L of cold water with the other 3 ingredients to boil. Add some salt. When the vegetables are nice and soft add a cup of rice, and the tomato paste and let it boil for 10-15 more minutes. Add the borș, the pepper. Your soup is almost ready. Turn off the stove, add the spinach and the lovage, and leave it covered for the next 20-30 minutes to let the herbs infuse. Serve it with some (vegan) sour cream, couple of slices of fresh bread & hot pepper or green onions.

P.s. of course I never let my cats taste something like this and you should not let them either. It’s sour and spicy. But they are curious and since they can behave they are allowed to come to the table and smell what we have in our plates. This time I gave Mango some bread, tho… She loves to play with it. 🙈

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