Recipe Review: Kale & Potato Soup with Chorizo
When I came across this recipe for Kale & Potato Soup with Chorizo over at Nourished Kitchen, I knew that I had to make it. It’s been so cold and damp lately that the thought of a spicy soup (Caldo Verde, or “broth with greens” in this case) was the happiest thing I could think of, so I headed down to survey what ingredients I had on hand. Now, I also knew that I’d have to cook two dinners, since my kids aren’t old enough to appreciate the spiciness of chorizo, so I was keeping my eyes peeled for an alternate option for them as well. My husband thinks my food fixations/cravings are a wee bit crazy (and he’s probably right), but by this point I know to trust my body as it never craves anything processed or artificial. In this case, it was spicy heat and potatoes. Though we rarely eat them, I had a small bag of fingerlings that had been delivered last Wednesday. A premonition? Perhaps. A relief? To be sure!
What I Used (changes/additions in bold)
1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes
2T Ghee (didn’t have any bacon drippings or lard)
12oz chorizo (not quite a pound)
Nixed the chili peppers (Chorizo was very spicy)
3 small onions (chopped) instead of sliced shallots
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium/large carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 quarts roast chicken stock (homemade)
2T Tomato Paste (we use Bionatura)
Large bunch of Rainbow Chard (6 pieces), stems removed and chopped coarsely
Turmeric (no Spanish Smoked paprika here – but it’s now on my list)
unrefined sea salt to taste
1 T Cumin Seeds (sautéed until fragrant)
Please head over to the original for cooking instructions, etc.
To my great delight, it did indeed make enough to serve 6-8, so there are plenty of leftovers. (Though not for long!) Suffice to say that it was a clear success in that my husband and I enjoyed a warm and satisfying meal, I have lunch in the fridge for a day or two, and my craving was sated!
For the boys, I made some simple curried lentils, with spices managed expertly by my trusty assistant and oldest son. (post to follow)