Kale Soup

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I’ve been still struggling to recover from a recent cold and all I want is to have delicious warm soups.  Then I remember that I have this really good Kale Soup recipe post that I haven’t been able to share this summer due to all the BBQ and Ice Cream recipes I posted.  Now it seems like a perfect time to share this post as this is a quick, delicious, and nutritious soup!

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I saw my friend Patty’s Kale Soup post on her blog Patty’s Food back in May and I was really excited to try this recipe.  Kale is a green, leafy vegetable that is part of the cabbage family.  Kale provides iron, magnesium, fiber and is loaded with vitamins A and C.  I like to make a soup with it or bake it into kale chips.

Speaking of which, my friend Divya from Flavor Fiesta made a really cute video on how to make chipotle-flavored kale chips that I love below.

Back to the Kale Soup, this is a really easy and appetizing soup that I hope you will give it a try.  With the leftover Crème Fraîche (the white cream on top of the soup – I bought it at Trader Joe’s.), I baked something with it to be shared on the next post.  Have a great week everyone, and stay well!

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Kale Soup
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 small medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • ½ large yellow onion
  • 6 cups baby kale, lightly packed
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 Tbsp. Crème Fraîche or sour cream for garnish
  • Mint leaves for garnish
  1. Minced the garlic and peel and chop the potatoes and onion. Rinse the kale in running water and drain it well. Remove the thick stems.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a heavy soup pan (I used Le Creuset).
  3. Add the garlic, onions and potatoes to the soup pan and sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for several minutes.
  4. Add the chicken/vegetable broth and bring it to boil.
  5. Skim off the scum and fat from the soup until clear in order to get refined taste.
  6. Gently simmer with the lid on for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes become tender.
  7. Add the baby kale and cook without the lid for about 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  8. Transfer the soup into a blender and pulverize. Remove the little circle part of your blender top and put a towel over the entire lid of the blender, covering the hole. This will allow the steam to escape so the top won’t pop off.
  9. Pour the soup back into the soup pan. Adjust the seasoning based on yuur preference and serve into bowls. Garnish with the Crème Fraîche and mint leaves.
Barely adapted from Patty’s Food.


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  1. What, Nami? You can’t have a cold as a busy Mum! This does look good and love the colour. I saw just how popular kale was on our trip to NYC as it was on menus and these kale chips everywhere. I bet these would also be a good garnish but love the mint. Stay well.

  2. I like kale soup, I mean… I use cavolo nero which I guess is a type of Kale :-). But I haven’t tried the chips yet. Soon or later :-).

    Have a good week Nami!


  3. I have had chopped kale in soups.. but never pureed. I LOVE IT! I’m sorry to hear you are suffering from a cold… they are simply miserable. I am waiting for my kids to bring home the influx of germs to get us all sick like every school year. Urgh… that’s the only complaint I have about school. Hope you feel better!! Drink plenty of this soup… you will be. :)

  4. Nami, this is one healthy soup – we eat a lot of kale around here, my grand-mother used to prepare it all the time, as a child I did not really care for it all that much but tastes change and today we enjoy kale soup. The video really is cute and your recipe is so well put together and it all looks so appetizing, great post! I do hope that you will be feeling better very soon and I am certain that having a bowl of this soup helps!

    Take care and get better soon!

  5. The best thing to chase away a stubborn cold is a hot bowl of healthy homemade soup;-)
    Your beautiful kale soup came out perfectly! Thanks Nami for trying my recipe and mentioning my blog- too sweet and I’m so happy you liked it;-) The photos are lovely and now I’m feeling like making soup this week, wish I still had kale in the garden-will have to plant more for soup;-) Hope you are feeling better and have a great week;-)

  6. I hope you feel better soon Nami! It’s never fun to be sick. This soup looks like a wonderful remedy though. Hopefully it does the trick. I’m not much of a soup eater myself, but this is one I would enjoy.

  7. Thanks for the shout-out, Nami :D!

    It’s surprising, but I haven’t ventured into actually cooking anything with kale besides the chips. The soup sounds like a fantastic way to get more kale into my diet and it’s easy too! Oh..and looking through the pictures, I noticed you have packaged kale there. I had no idea that packaged kale exists! Never seen it here in Toronto. If I could get my hands on packaged kale, I’d have kale chips everyday..haha!

  8. Sorry you have a cold in your nose. :( This is definitely a good soup to help knock that cold right out. What an easy, nutritious and delicious soup! I usually don’t see “baby kale”, but I would assume any type of kale or size would work, especially since it’s blended? Hope you are feeling better and have a wonderful week ahead!

  9. I love soup anytime, but once Fall season is here, it’s the best time to have it. This is delish and I enjoyed the video + step by step photos. Hope you’re feeling much better, Nami! Thanks for sharing this Kale soup recipe!

  10. I wish I could limit my dietary desires to soup only sometimes 😉 – la crème fraiche is curling my toes … delish. Warming, healthful and comforting. Everything I hope for in soup; and where would we be without our blenders?! Just about the most convenient appliance a mom could ask for… I hope this lovely soup does the trick and that you feel better soon Nami!

  11. I’m sorry to hear you are still sick. Soup is just the best when you have a cold, and this kale soup looks amazing. We eat a lot of kale, so I’m always looking for new ways to use it. It started raining here last night, so soup is sounding appealing! Thanks for sharing and I hope you are feeling better soon!

  12. this is almost my standard way of making soups with greens! some good stock, some potatoes to thicken it up, and lots of my fave greens! this is yum, and should do your body good! take care and get well soon nami!

  13. I cooked myself some kale soup yesterday too! But it was not pureed – just lightly cooked in a broth of garlic-onions-tomatoes. Love kale!

    Hope you are feeling much better now.

  14. hi Nami! the colour of that alone must have cheered you up. Sorry you got a cold, change of season! I love that soups are so simple to make, so comforting to slurp. Hope you’re feeling better!

  15. I love Kale and the beautiful bright green color of this soup! I am sorry to hear that you are sick – hope you get better soon with this nutritious warm soup. Soups are doing magic for me, and you know how much I *love* soup!! =)

    And thanks for the tip in step 8. The next time I make a hot western-style soup, I’ll be sure to apply that tip!

    Take care of yourself and get better soon!

  16. I just had a chance to try out kale two weeks ago after reading so much raves about it. Love the vegetables and they are a great substitute to many Asian greens I couldn’t find it here. Looking at the gorgeous green of your kale soup, I should really try this out. Never say no to a good looking and tasty soup.

    PS: Have some ginger tea and get better soon:)

  17. Soup is the best when you are feeling under the weather. I hope you are on the mend, Nami! And I hope this soup helps. I love the sound of it. Kale is one of my favorite greens!

  18. Hope you’re feeling better Nami. Eat lots of this soup and take it easy for a while. Thank you also for sharing the video and recipe. I’ve only had kale in my green drinks before. I’d love to try this soup.

  19. Vicki Bensinger

    This is a great way to get one of the best veggies into your kids tummy. Nice recipe and pretty color. Green sure does look pretty in food, makes you wonder why so many try to avoid it.

  20. Oh, I hope you’re starting to feel better, Nami! I remember always getting a cold the first week my kids went back to school :/ But your gorgeous and yummy soup must have given you lots of comfort. We’re finally having some soup weather here…and I will have to add kale soup to my list to try :)

  21. Oh dear! I sure hope you feel much better soon. I do know how it feels. I was once down for close to a month with a nasty cough and cold. I just despise catching these bugs but it’s unavoidable at times. I have not had Kale soup before, and am bookmarking this recipe. Will definitely share this soup with my family. Great step by step photos too ;). Btw, did I tell you Le Creuset is crazy expensive here? I think for my love of cooking and baking, maybe I should consider moving abroad. LOL..Take care now! Hugggsss

  22. donna mikasa

    Oh, yum! I love kale chips and your kale soup looks so good! You can’t beat the nutritional value of kale, and I’m sure you’ll be feeling better in no time! Take care, Nami!

  23. Eha

    This looks lovely and is one of quite a few interesting kale recipes I have PU during the past few weeks. Unfortunately it does not seem to be wellknown in Oz & everyone is telling me to grow my own! Meanwhile, daresay silverbeet or bok choi may have to do the honours :) !

  24. That looks delicious…and sooo healthy! Look at that green! I feel my snot clearing up just looking at that gorgeous color. I hope you feel much better, Nami! Warm thoughts and love to you.

  25. Skylor (@SproutLifestyle)

    Things I love right now: soup and onions. Things I always love: Kale and Trader Joes. (And clearly this recipe!)

  26. What a gorgeous, glowing green soup! I would never probably guess it’s with kale because I have never had kale (every time I see it on markets I promise myself I would buy it and then forget…). I love the fabric under the soup, it’s particularly beautiful! And it goes perfectly well with the green hue of the soup. Anyway, I hope you feel better now!

  27. This soup is healthful, flavorful, and perfect for someone feeling under the weather. And it looks like a very refreshing soup. Well, Nami better take “kale” of that cold. :) Enjoy the rest of the week, my friend!

  28. Hi Nami! You know…I love soup all year round, no matter what the weather and so I am always looking for new, great recipes! Your kale soup is absolutely stunning! And one that I am going to be adding to my repertoire! I hope your cold is getting better and you are feeling well again! (I’ll bet this soup hit the spot while you were sick!)

  29. Eri

    Hello my friend Nami, I didnt know Kale until I came here in Canada and I love it!
    Your friens video is so cute! I love Kale chips.
    Never tried it in a soup, your version is so healthy but comforting at the same time, pinning!

  30. Oh Nami this looks perfect and really healthy. It is rainy and dreary outside today and this sounds like a nourishing soup for a day like this. I am going to give this a try. I love a new way to use up kale that I have in the fridge. Normally I just saute the kale, I love this idea. Have a lovely week.

  31. I want to make your kale soup. It sounds delicious. I made a kale soup, not too long ago and we loved it. You have some different ingredients and it sounds like, we would love yours, as well.

  32. I love Kale and actually my two older kids like it too especially in a soup….but I never made it creamy! This looks fantastic and btw I love the addition of the video…
    Beautiful, healthy and delicious…get better soon!!!!

  33. I am so sorry I haven’t stopped by in awhile, I hope you are feeling better!!! I remember when I was in Wales, the pureed asparagus soup was amazing. It is actually when I started loving asparagus:-) I love pureed soup so much now, your kale soup looks AMAZING!!! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  34. I’m actually not crazy about kale but I know how healthy it is, and I wonder if I would like it better pureed as a soup. I’m going to try this when the cold weather hits!

  35. I know this comes a little late but I hope you are feeling all better now!
    I love kale cooked in all kind of ways but i haven’t had it as a soup before so I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a go soon as it had turned all cold and gloomy here.

  36. vivala-b.bird

    Hi Nami,

    I am new to your site-I found it searching for Mentaiko Udon recipe. I was so inspired by your lovely words and beautiful pictures. I made the kale soup today since it is cold and rainy in Vancouver today. The soup turned out delicious and beautiful. My hubby had a cold and totally loved it.

    Thanks so much for sharing this and I will be sure to try out other recipes.

  37. Khadija

    Hi Nami! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a while and finally got a chance to try it out tonight! It was so yummy! I added a bit of lime juice in the end too. Can’t wait to try other recipes of yours. Love your pics on Instagram :)