Potato Kale Soup

April 11, 2011 § 3 Comments

Dainty’s been back from California a week, but still hasn’t gotten in the groove. Catching up on work, volunteer meetings, dinners out, etc, have given me zero fodder for posting. And you’d think with a weekend just behind me, I’d have plenty to write about. I think  maybe I made a batch of steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast—that’s about it. And a loaf of bread, but it was a workhorse kinda loaf—nothing spectacular.

I spent the weekend working on a homey project—painting the window well in the bedroom. Sure, I saved several hundreds of dollars doing it myself, but I sacrificed several million brain cells in the process (just say no to paint fumes). It’s a project that’s been on my list for about a year and I’m glad I got it done. And while I was scraping and painting, Jennifer was making a big batch of vegan soup to weekday lunches. And this is a good one.

Potato Kale Soup

  • 1 tbs evoo
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 leeks, washed and sliced thinly (chuck the dark green parts)
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tbs parsley, minced
  • 3 carrots – whole
  • 3 ribs celery – whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lb. kale, washed, torn and ribs removed

-Heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat. Saute onions and leeks until soft—abou 10-15 minutes.

-Add potatoes, parsley, whole carrots and leeks, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Boil, cover and simmer over medium low for 45 minutes.

-While that is simmering, cook kale in 2 cups boiling water in a skillet. Cover tightly and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.

-After 45 minutes, remove carrot, celery and bay leaves from soup. Reserve the celery and carrots but chuck the bay leaves. Puree half the soup in a blender. OR, an immersion blender is awesome for this—just whirr up (who says that? Jamie Oliver?) half of it right in the pot. Stir in cooked kale. Chop up the carrots and celery and return to the pot. Heat the soup through again. Salt and pepper it if you need to.

Tada! A vegan alternative for lunch. Sounds like this could use some bread. I think I’ll do that right now.

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§ 3 Responses to Potato Kale Soup

  • jennifer piemme says:

    Jaime says ‘whiz’ it up…

  • Joan A. Ergin says:

    Hi Ellen, Hope you had a great business trip and good R&R in Sausalito. I’m enjoying the Dainty Dot. For this recipe, why 2 measuremenys for salt? Is one forthe cooking of kale?

    Joan

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