Another benefit of having a garden is that it can serve as a meal or recipe inspiration. Inspiration out of necessity that is.
We planted four Kale plants and guess what? Each plant makes quite a bit of Kale.
Therefore, my Portuguese hubby thought it was the perfect opportunity to fulfill my son’s request for Poruguese Kale soup.
These are approximate amounts as hubby ‘wings it’
3-4 large white potatoes, boiled and smashed (you can also use russett)
8 cups of water, reserved
2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
4-6 cups Kale, chopped into small pieces
1 can kidney beans, rinsed (use white beans if you wish)
1 cup chopped soupy or your cured sausage
Salt & Pepper, seasoned to taste
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add potatoes. Boil until easily pierced with a fork. Place potatoes in a large bowl and reserve water in the pot.
2. In a different large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and saute for about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes.
3. Increase the heat to high and add the reserved water to the sauteed vegetables. While the water is coming to the boil, roughly mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher.
4. Add the potatoes, kale and soupy. Lower heat to a simmer, and allow to simmer a few minutes. Season and enjoy.