Now that it's colder more often than warm in New England, I'm starting to crave cozy soups. I'm always looking for new dishes to incorporate leafy greens. I'm a big fan, for their nutritional and natural detoxifying properties, but I don't always want a salad, especially in winter. So experimenting with warm ways to eat these veggies is an ongoing mission.
I call this a "trick" soup because you can't tell that it's kale. It's green, but really that could be parsley or spinach or something else that people aren't afraid of. I don't want to promote lying about food. It also depends on the age/relationship of the person you're feeding. Maybe you could just be vague..."it's just a leafy green." Because you don't take a bite and instantly think "kale?!" Only the chef knows the truth.
POTATO KALE SOUP Serves 4
1/2 small onion, diced 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 T olive oil 5 small yukon gold potatoes, diced 2 T butter – dairy or vegan 3 cups veggie broth 1/4 t smoked paprika Salt + pepper 1 big bunch curly kale – washed, destemmed and ripped into pieces 1 cup unsweetened almond/soy/cow's milk 2 T grated parmesan, optional, for serving
- Sautée the onion and garlic in oil until translucent.
- Stir in the butter and potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the broth and spices and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
- Mix in the kale and turn down the heat to a barely-simmer until the kale wilts and the potatoes are soft.
- Turn off heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Using a slotted spoon to pull them out, blend the potato-kale chunks together first, then gradually add the liquid in. (You'll still have tiny "leaves" in the soup.)
- Before serving, pour the pureed soup back the pot and stir in the milk while you reheat.
- Sprinkle on the parmesan as you serve, if you like.
- Take a deep breath and appreciate what you’ve just made and are about to enjoy!
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