I usually decide the day-of what I’ll be making for dinner. I send a courtesy text to Colton asking what he wants, but I usually make what I want anyways (he will eat anything
so it doesn’t bother him). Yesterday I wanted to try making a soup from scratch. I’ve done this quite a few times before but always from a recipe. I set out planning on making a chicken broth based soup with lots of veggies, however when I got home I didn’t have chicken broth and at that point, didn’t quite feel like going back out to the store. So, I settled on whatever I had in the pantry and fridge and came up with this delicious, creamy, kale soup.
Chicken bouillon (or chicken or veggie broth)
Fresh parsley, chives, rosemary
2 tbsp unsalted butter
Red pep chili flakes
2 bay leaves
Parm cheese + rind
1 small container mushrooms (whichever kind you prefer)
1 large bunch kale
1 small bag honey gold potatoes
8 oz heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fill stock pot 1/2-3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Then add 3 cubes chicken bouillon. You can use chicken or veggie broth but I didn’t have any on hand. Add parm rind.
Half the potatoes and place on sheet pan insides facing up. Drizzle with EVOO, chopped parsley and rosemary, the zest of the lemon, a little garlic powder and some S&P. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 20-30 mins. Don’t let them get too soft because they will keep cooking in the soup later.
In a small sauté pan over medium heat, melt butter and add chopped shallot, when almost translucent, add garlic and season with S&P.
Lower water to medium heat and add cooked shallot and garlic. Chop some more parsley, along with some chives and add to water with bay leaves and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add container of mushrooms and potatoes. Chop kale, discarding of stems and add to broth. Lower heat slightly and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
Grate parm cheese and add to broth along with heavy cream. Turn down to a simmer and allow to sit for another 10-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
I ate 3 bowls of this in one sitting. You have been warned.