Tanzanian Food: Creamy Spinach Soup Recipe

Written by Thomson Safaris

spinach soup recipe from tanzania

If you can’t make it to Tanzania this winter, the next best way to warm up is with this hearty soup. The creamy spinach dish is a guest favorite, perfectly prepared by the staff at the Thomson Nyumba camps. Bring this to your kitchen this holiday season, and give your friends and family a taste of Tanzanian culture.

Creamy Spinach Soup Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 (packed) cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, extra
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 bacon strips, chopped


1.  Heat oil in large saucepan; add garlic and spinach, cook, stirring, 3 minutes

2. Cover, cook until tender

3. Blend or process spinach with water until smooth

4. Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour, stir over heat 1 minute

5. Gradually stir in milk and sour cream, whisk constantly over heat until sauce boils and thickens

6. Add spinach puree; reduce heat, simmer, stirring, 5 minutes

7. Heat extra butter in saucepan, add onion and bacon, cook, stirring, until onion is soft, stir into spinach mixture

8. Add salt and pepper to taste

9. Reheat before serving