Thank you, Deanna, my neighbor to the South!! (Minnesota here!!)
I finally made this wonderful soup! (Twice!)
I did 'sweat' chopped garlic in a bit of butter before adding the other ingredients.
(I would suggest whisking the water into the sauce to blend it.)
Not wanting to venture out in freezing temps., I did use frozen spinach. Not the kind that is frozen in a block.
I made half the recipe because I was dining alone and wanted reruns the next day. Needless to say, there wasn't too much left!
I also topped it with some grated parmesan.
It was totally a feast for the eyes when topped with a teaspoon of Pesto with the olive oil slowly running off onto the warm soup!!
I made it again a few days later!!
What more can I say, other than easy, flavorful, and easily 10 stars - or 20!!
Loved it - Kitzer