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September 4, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: kale soup recipes

Seven soup bowls from TJ Maxx

True confession: I'm not great about cooking with dark, leafy greens. Except for spinach, which I adore, and escarole, which isn't very dark, I find most greens quite bitter when prepared simply or sautéd quickly, and I haven't tried making the kale "chips" that have been so popular this summer. In soups, however, dark greens cook slowly and tend to mellow out, and it's easy to balance the bitterness with flavors from the opposite end of the spectrum. There's no denying the nutritional value of greens, and when all of those good vitamins are packaged in a soup, I'm happy to eat my vegetables.

Seven soups made with kale caught my eye this week:

Sausage and Red Russian kale soup with tomatoes, chickpeas and herbs, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Kale soup with potato and farro, from White on Rice Couple

Italian sausage, white bean and kale soup, from Yumsugar

Nutty vanilla sweet potato and kale soup, from Kath Eats Real Food

Portuguese kale soup, from Champaign Taste

Yellow split pea soup with sweet potatoes and kale, from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Rustic bean, kale and smoked turkey soup, from What We're Eating

Find more delicious kale soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Sandie, who writes A Bloggable Life, shared today's photo and a shopping tip: "As a food blogger, I'm perpetually on the lookout for interesting dishes and accessories to use in my food photographs. Aside from searching estate sales, thrift stores, auctions and antique shops, two of my favorite haunts are Marshalls and T.J. Maxx -- they have some great bargains if you're willing to dig. I found these bowls on a recent excursion to T.J. Maxx. When I saw them, I immediately thought they'd be perfect for Soup Chick."

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

It's easy: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please), and they absolutely do not have to match. Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Pauline | September 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I love Portuguese kale soup, making it and eating it.

Posted by: CJ McD | September 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Reading these recipes is making my mouth water. I love kale and use it frequently in hearty soups with additions like beans or potatoes, tomatoes, etc. Everyone of them is just soooo delicious.

Thanks for the excellent round up Soup Chick!

Posted by: Mary | September 5, 2010 at 07:08 PM

Your recipes and the soups you feature are great. I am new to your site and love to visit here. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Posted by: Lucia | September 7, 2010 at 07:02 PM

Once again, you inspired me to try something new: I've never cooked with kale (who knew?). I made the Italian sausage, white bean and kale soup and it is delicious!!!! For my dietary needs, I just added some unflavored protein powder. The flavor of the soup is strong enough that you would never know it's there. Now I have lots of leftovers to freeze for handly work lunches.

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