Spicy Kale Soup


What better way is there to endure an ice storm, than make a pot of soup? Not that I need an excuse to make soup, I just seem to enjoy it even more during nasty weather. There was some kale in the fridge so I decided to make the Spicy Kale Soup from Vegan Fire and Spice. I changed the recipe a bit — I didn’t have red-skinned potatoes in the house so I used Yukon Golds. Then there were some white beans that I wanted to use up so I subbed those for the kidney beans called for in the recipe. I’ve actually made this soup with chickpeas on another occasion and that works great, too. All in all, this is a very easy and versatile recipe — hot and brothy, and perfect for a chilly day. A final splash of sherry takes it to the next level.

Spicy Kale Soup

Adapted from Vegan Fire and Spice.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
5 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt (more or less, depending on the saltiness of your broth)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 bay leaf
5 cups chopped fresh kale
2 cups cooked white beans
Splash of sherry
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot. Cover, and cook until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic, potatoes, broth, salt, oregano, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the kale and cook until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes longer. Add the beans and a healthy splash of sherry and simmer just until heated through. Taste to adjust seasonings. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
Serves 4

8 responses to “Spicy Kale Soup”

  1. veggievixen says :

    i love everything with kale. i’ve recently become obsessed w/ those kale chips. luckily i found local kale that’s super cheap @ my grocery store!! yumm

  2. Anna says :

    Thanks for this Robin. I’ve been making soup w/ collard greens and tofu lately and it tastes pretty good.

  3. Jenn says :

    Oh, yum. Looks warming and delicious. I should eat more kale.

  4. Carole says :

    This sounds fantastic!

  5. Dazy says :

    I like soups in winter, warming nourishing and usually make my own.
    This one looks little thick and my kids like thick one too. It would be healthy too for them.

  6. Rumela says :

    Hey!! that Spicy kale soup looks gorgeous. It must the great to taste too. Yummm..I love kale soups. I am going to try this tonight. thank you for shearing your post.

  7. Kris Socall says :

    I made this, but didn't like the kale texture too much – a bit too firm of a leaf for my taste. I ended up spooning out the kale, a bit of broth and some of the white beans and blending it all together – then mixing it back into the pot, added some more beans, potatoes and carrots to make it a bit more chunky. And – it's fabulous!!

  8. sugarblossom says :

    My whole family loves this, vegan or not. What an awesome recipe. Thanks!

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