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Alice’s Kale and Potato Soup Recipe

Alice’s Kale and Potato Soup Recipe

This simple, warming soup from chef of the month Alice Waters is rich in veggies and fiber, low in fat, and has only 157 calories per serving. It’s also a great way to get some mineral nourishment from seasonal kale.

A steaming bowl of this hearty healthy soup is just right for the first days of the New Year–and it only takes 15 minutes to make! Here is the easy recipe:


1 bunch kale (about 1 pound)
2 pounds boiling potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2 quarts boiling water
Additional salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Wash the kale well, remove the thick central stems, roll leaves into cylinders and cut into fine, thin strips (chiffonade).

2. Peel potatoes and dice very fine.

3. In a soup pot, bring water and salt to a boil. Add potatoes, return to a boil, and cook, covered, for 2 minutes.

4. Add kale and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Serve hot.

Serves 6.

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Inspired by Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, by Alice Waters (Morrow Cookbooks, 1999).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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5:50PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Wow. Underwhelmed. I would at least use chicken stock and add some seasonings other than salt and pepper.

2:43AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing:))

2:09AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

I will use veg stock instead of water. Thanks :)

8:08AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012


6:51PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

So simple.

12:16PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Oh Boy---soup looks delicious!!!!!!!!! SOOOO Many Thanks---will make it soon!~

12:45AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


5:43AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

wow. sounds very tasty.. :-)

11:03PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012


2:35PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Thank you

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