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Potato and Kale Chowder

Potato and Kale Chowder

Yield: 10 servings 1x
Prep: 1 hourCook: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutes


3 cups cauliflower florets (about half a small head)

2 quarts vegetable stock, divided

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (If omitting the pancetta, increase oil to 4 tablespoons)

1 cup pancetta, diced small, optional

2 ½ cups sweet onion, diced into large chunks

2 ½ cups peeled carrots cut into large chunks

1 ½ cups celery cut into large pieces

2 pounds skin-on little yellow potatoes cut in half

1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into bite sized pieces (about 34 cups)

1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt (depending on how salty the vegetable stock is)

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch red pepper flakes

2 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

Two bay leaves

½ cup white wine

6 cups of packed, rinsed and coarsely chopped Tuscan kale leaves

1 cup milk or half & half

2 tablespoons butter

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped


Place the cauliflower and one quart of the stock in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook until very tender. Remove from heat and let sit on the back of your stove. You will puree this later to use as a thickener.

In a large soup pot or heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil and pancetta and cook until browned and slightly crisp.

If omitting the pancetta, start here with four tablespoons of olive oil.

Once crisp, add onion, carrots, celery, yellow potatoes and sweet potato. Increase to medium high and cook for ten minutes stirring often.

Add garlic, salt, pepper, pepper flakes, mint, thyme and the two bay leaves and cook for two minutes, stirring often.

Add the white wine and increase heat to high and cook and stir to evaporate the wine.

Using a strainer, drain the cauliflower over the pot and let the liquid go into the soup pot but not the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower back into the sauce pan for now.

Add the second quart of stock to the pot along with the kale and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5-10 more minutes.

While the soup is simmering, add the milk and butter to the sauce pan with the cooked cauliflower and heat just to hot. Use an immersion blender or a table top blender and puree until smooth and creamy. If going dairy free, omit the milk and butter and add some stock to puree with the cauliflower. You could also substitute the milk with coconut milk.

After the soup is done, remove and discard the bay leaves, then add the puree and the parsley.

Stir and serve.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: stovetop