I just can't find a way to eat kale...
I don't like kale...
What do you do with kale...
Do any of these sound like you? You are not alone! Even though kale has been shown to be AMAZING for us, many people don't want to eat it. We have a bazillion plants of kale at the Swanky Roots greenhouse - okay maybe closer to 100- and so I have been determined to find fun ways to cook with it. The vegetable hails from the cabbage family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and collards. In just one cup kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, Vitamins A,C,K a bunch of other heathy long words :) and only 33 calories! You can saute it, bake it, chop it, and so much more.
The other day I wanted to make a soup with my mom/co-founder, Ronna, using food we had grown... so I set off to find a yummy recipe. Ronna likes to think of recipes more as 'guidelines' and it is usually my job to combine different ones I find on the internet to fit what we have in the kitchen. So I went off of Letty's Kitchen Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup and Bunny's Warm Oven Best Potato Soup to make a delicious meal in our handy pressure cooker. We were able to use kale, carrots, tomatoes, and celery from the Swanky Roots greenhouse, the potatoes were from Ronna's brother Lon and the beef was from my family's cattle operation. My brother and his friends even liked the soup, so kale for the win! I know there is much more than kale in this recipe but it is all about taking baby steps and introducing new foods into the rotation without over doing it sometimes! I used to think I only liked curly kale and not the Lacinato type but after this I am sold on it.
Many Potato soup recipes call for bacon or sausage, Ronna doesn't eat pork so we used our family raised Black Angus hamburger meat instead. Letty's Kitchen recipe goes off of a vegetarian style with sausage-style meat alternative. So have fun with it and change it to fit your pallet! Remember it is okay to change or add things to recipes... just remember to write down what you changed so if you love it you can do it again! I forgot to take pictures of our finished product because I am new at this but I will in the future :)
- 1 lb ground beef or 6 ounces sausage-style meat alternative, cut in ½-inch pieces
- 1 large onion diced
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 8 potatoes peeled and cubed
- 4 cups chicken broth or enough to cover potatoes - vegetable broth also works
- 1 ¾ cups cooked white beans, one (15-ounce can)
- Seasoning of your choice, we used Costco's Garlic & Herb Spice but 1/2 teaspoon paprika also works great
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
- 1 bunch Lacinato kale, stems removed and discarded, coarsely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional -
- 1 (15-ounce) can seasoned diced or stewed tomatoes
We used our pressure cooker but this can easily be made on the stovetop. Check our the original recipes for how to do on stovetop... but I LOVE my pressure cooker and I bet you would too :)
- Brown hamburger in pressure cooker pot on saute - we added a hickory smoke flavor to the meat
- Add in onion and celery, cook for a few minutes, usually until onions are translucent
- Add carrots, tomatoes and potatoes into the pot, stir and let continue to cook for another minute
- Add kale - this can also be cooked separate on the stovetop and added afterwards
- Add broth until potatoes are covered - I want to say we had more than 4 cups but it didn't reach the 'max' fill line on our pot.
- Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure
- In a heavy duty sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat, whisk in the flour, cook and whisk the mixture for 2 minutes to remove the flour taste. While still whisking add the cream in a slow stream to the flour mixture. Cook and whisk until mixture thickens, Stir the cream mixture. Taste, and add more salt, if needed.
- Add beans and cook a few more minutes, until the beans are heated through.
The soup can be made without the cream, I'd suggest following Letty's Kitchens recipe more.. I wanted to make sure my dad would eat the soup and the cream tricks him :) I hope you enjoy your soup, especially as Fall starts to move in. I would love to hear how yours turns out, so stop in to the greenhouse and we can share tips for the next time!