It’s a Portuguese soup. It’s also very tasty. I got the inspiration for this from another blog, and I really wanted to try it due to it’s use of kale. Kale is one of those things that if cooked right, is a very tasty and healthy green. Unfortunately, people don’t give it second thought aside from garnishing a plate with it (think Shoney’s circa 1995).
I picked up the kale at the local H St. Fresh Farm market (along with the veg in the previous fish post). This soup was really easy to make. Ingredients:
- one large bunch of kale, cleaned, stems removed, torn with hands
- 2 boxes of chicken stock
- 2 onions
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 jalapeno roughly chopped
- 1 bunch of new potatoes (also from the farmers market – they were white new – red would be fine)
- thyme sprigs (3 to 5)
- bay leafs (3)
- smoked sausage (1lb) cut into 1/2″ chunks (chorizo or linguisa would of been better, but i did what i could).
This is a one pot meal. Add olive oil, diced onion, and diced garlic into a hot large soup pot or dutch oven. Saute for 4 minutes. Add the jalapeno, the sausage, and the potatoes. Saute for 4 minutes. Add the kale, the chicken stock, and the herbs. Bring everything up to a simmer, season to taste, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove thyme, jalapeno, and bay leaves when you encounter them. Serve with soft or crusty bread.
Mine was a bit salty, so next time I’ll grab the low sodium chicken broth. An oversight on my part…