Sunday, April 24, 2016

Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated~Confucius

There is nothing complicated here.  Only a few fresh ingredients needed.  Take a moment and savor the simplicity.


Potato and Kale Soup
Serves 6


Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 strips applewood bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 large carrots, diced
6 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
A half-bunch fresh kale leaves (8-10) with the stem removed, chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1 can cannelloni beans drained
A good pinch of kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
In a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, heat olive oil.  Add bacon, onion. and carrot.  Sauté until the onion is translucent and the bacon is slightly crisp (3-5 minutes).  Add garlic, pinch of salt and ground black pepper.  Cook another minute.  Add kale.  Cook another 3-5 minutes until kale has wilted.  Add chicken stock, beans and potatoes.

Simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes.  Soup is done when potatoes are easily pierced with a fork and kale is tender.

Enjoy!



19 comments:

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Velva, this soup looks so comforting, and very healthy too! :)

~~louise~~ said...

Simplicity at its best, Velva...There's something to be said for "back to basics" as reflected in this comforting hearty soup.

Thanks for sharing, Velva...

ALFREDA JAMES said...

Hearty and colorful!😋

Bobbi Marshall said...

Delicious comfort food. Sometimes my body just craves that!

Michelle said...

Comfort food, for sure!

That Girl said...

We had something similar for dinner, without the beans (Passover)

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your soup is so pretty and must taste wonderful. Plus I love that you've used kale, so healthy. I'm always in the mood for soup, regardless of the season.
Sam

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful combination, Velva! I just planted Kale in a container outdoors a week and and it's already sprouted. This would be a delicious way to use it! There's nothing wrong with simple, good food.

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, A saying so true!!
A delicious and healthy soup. xo Catherine

grace said...

simple, yes, but also oh-so-pleasing! kale is only tolerable in soups, i think, and using bacon is also a good trick!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

That looks good Velva, I love bean soups. I made a similar soup the other day with rainbow chard that we bought at the farmer's market.

Mely Martínez said...

I love potatoes and swiss chard soup. It never occurred to me to make it with kale. Great idea!

Barbara said...

It may look simple, but the trick with soups like this is always using homemade stock...which I know you do! Love cooked kale, not fond of it in salads.

Tina said...

Lol,s good and if it can be on the table quickly, all the better. I love soup year round.

Angie Schneider said...

I prefer simple and fresh foods. This is a perfectly comforting and delicious soup, Velva.

Julie said...

Yum! I have some kale I need to use and we can't seem to get Spring weather here. Perfect for soup!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

So light and healthy! Love this simple, yummy idea...

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

This kind of soup is one of my favorites…full of flavor but quick to prepare.

Beth said...

Looks wonderful - a perfect spring recipe!

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