Unfortunately I cannot make this soup often due to hubby having an artificial heart valve and taking Coumadin - among other things, spinach is very high in Vitamin K which maintains strong blood vessels (but also interferes with Coumadin). But you can enjoy it. Serve small portions to small kids, tell them Popeye LOVED it!
1 Tbsp butter or margarine (we use Smart Balance, with no
Melt butter or margarine over medium heat in a large, heavy saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, just until mixture barely starts to brown. Set aside to cool.
Place some of the broth, the spinach and seasonings in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add to cooled flour and butter mixture little by little, stirring and scraping. Add balance of broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for ten minutes to blend flavors.
Serve hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream and if desired, another shake of black pepper.