We love most holidays in our home, but Halloween is one of our very favorites.  The colors, the costumes, the spooky goons and goblins…we are all about it.  Of course, the candy doesn’t hurt either.  The good people of Eat Wisconsin Cheese recently offered me the opportunity to team up with them and provide some Halloween entertaining ideas, and I jumped at the chance.  Since Halloween is typically a candy-centric holiday, it’s a good idea to have a few more savory, nutritious recipes to balance out the junk.  But just because they are good for you doesn’t mean they have to be boring or unappetizing.

Two great strategies for keeping kids excited about eating something other than candy at Halloween is to make it fun and let them be involved with the process.  When making this witches’ brew cheesy spinach soup for example, put on some eerie music (maybe even witches’ hats?!) and make up pretend spells while you stir the pot.  While we were eating it, Andrew kept saying that we felt “ghosty” with each bite.  Ha!  I opted to mix in Gruyere cheese because it pairs so nicely with the spinach, but feel free to blend in your favorite variety.  This was a definite kid- and parent-approved dish in our home, and we’ll likely be enjoying this on Halloween night before we head out to trick or treat.

Disclaimer: I received compensation from Eat Wisconsin Cheese for ingredients and my time developing content for their site, including this recipe.


2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
8 oz. baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
4 oz. gruyere cheese, shredded


  • 01

    Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat.  Add the onions to the pot and sauté until just tender, about 3-4 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and potato and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the vegetable broth to the pot and bring to a boil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and let cook about 15 minutes or until the potato chunks are fork-tender.

  • 02

    Stir in the spinach leaves, cover the pot once more and let cook just until the leaves are wilted, about 1-2 minutes.  Use an immersion blender, food processor, or blender to puree the soup to a smooth consistency.  (Be careful, it is hot!)  Stir in the shredded Gruyere until completely melted.  Serve warm.

  • Domonique

    Same! We’re pretty obsessed with Halloween too! This looks awesome and perfect Autumn!

  • This is so fun with the bright green hue of the spinach!

  • Such a fun idea! And tasty sounding too :)

  • Erin

    Hey Annie!
    This looks amazing! I’m on a continual quest to sneak more veggies into my hubby’s food (I can’t even imagine when I have to do it for kids, lol), so this will be perfect for us. I also am a WI resident, so I’m all about the cheese :-) When it comes to good dairy, I’m happily spoiled for life.

    I found your blog through Curvy Carrot, and I am so excited that I did! Thanks for sharing your talent and love with all of us. I’ll be back :-)

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I absolutely love this. I don’t have kids, but I think I will still use your “eerie music” tip myself when I make this! Sounds like fun :)

  • Kim

    This is so creative! Awesome picture too :)

  • Caroline L.

    This is so fun and creative! You have the greatest entertaining ideas :)

  • Very creative! I’m excited to try this recipe. The picture is fun, too.

  • Laura

    What a fun picture, and dish! I know the boys would adore it.

  • Melissa

    I have to be the person to ask – Where did the bowl and spoon come from. I really like the decorative handle on the bowl.

  • annieseats

    The spoons were my parents’ from when they got married. No idea what brand or where they came from. The bowls are from Target, and they don’t have a handle – I think that’s the reflection of the spoon you are seeing.

  • lehar

    Omg! Your photo is amazing. I love the setting! :)

  • This is SO cute!!! I love this idea, especially being on the savory side to balance out the typical sweets at this time of year.

  • The Fig Tree

    Love this photo!!! What a fantastic idea! :)

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    I LOVE this idea, it’s amazing! I love the “spooky” picture ;)

  • Tesei

    I love thishaloween soup!

  • Ludivine

    Hi Annie,
    Thanks again for a great soup! I tried it last night using sharp cheddar cheese and it was delicious! Curious to try is with the gruyere now!

  • Kelsey

    What a fun idea! And the photo? PERFECTION! Seriously, girl, it looks like something I’d see in Martha Stewart Living. LOVE!

  • annieseats

    You are too sweet! Thanks Kelsey :)

  • annieseats

    So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Cheddar would definitely have been my second choice if I hadn’t had gruyere on hand.


    I had to google dutch oven :) I love your halloween idea.

  • Cubicle2Kitchen

    Your photos are always impressive…but this, Wow! You should be proud of this one. I love it!

  • annieseats

    Thank you!

  • Taylor

    I made this last night and it was fantastic!!

  • Leah

    SMASHING success with hubby, 3 year old, and 19 month old tonight. Thanks for the great idea (fun to make in my cast iron “cauldron”) and yummy dinner!

  • Cambria Washington

    Thanks so much for this recipe! My 6-year old has sensory processing disorder and has a seriously hard time eating (or being willing to eat) just about anything with a vegetable in it. I took your advice and got him to help me cook. Then when it was time to add spinach, I dipped a fork into a little green food coloring gel and had him mix it into the soup. When he thought I was setting the timer on the microwave, I slipped the spinach in without him seeing it, lol. Once it was blended, he had no idea that a green veggie was in the soup and he accepted the food coloring as the reason why his soup was green. He was very excited to try the soup that he cooked, and he loved it! This was one of very few dinner successes, where I got a vegetable into his body without a fight. I can’t thank you enough :)

  • Kelly

    I can’t wait to try this! Is it okay to use chicken broth instead, I cannot stand going out to the grocery store any more this week! Haha.

  • annieseats

    Sure! Enjoy :)

  • Kelly

    Yay! Thank you so much! When I told my parents I was making this, they said “who are you and what have you done with our daughter?!” I hate vegetables, even though I’m a senior in college :P But this sounds amazing!

  • Angel Shadoff

    We made this for dinner last night – so darn good! Thanks for sharing this because is so good!

  • Angel Shadoff

    I made this last night with chicken broth and it was great!

  • I made this yesterday, and it was fabulous!! My 11-month-old son absolutely loved it (and it totally scared the other kids at the party we went to…oops!)

  • sweetsugarbelle

    This is AMAZING! I’m a huge believer in cooking with your kids…they’ll eat almost anything we make together. They’d have a grand time making witches brew!!!

  • Kristen

    You’re table is awfully cute. What do you have in the mason jars around the candles? It almost looks like black sand or crepe paper.

  • annieseats

    It’s just dried black beans :)

  • Cara

    Made this tonight with the roasted zucchini and ricotta sandwiches…. so yummy and made for a nice, semi-cooler than normal summer meal. Gorgeous photos btw!