Recipe: Kale & Apple Soup

Ingredients:
 

  • 1 large bunch kale (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup cubed pancetta or sliced bacon (about 2 ounces)
  • 4 cups warmed chicken or vegetable stock, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 whole yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche, mascarpone cheese, or plain yogurt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Wash the kale and remove the bottom inch of stem. Chop
    roughly into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the pancetta for 1
    minute or until just barely showing color. Add the kale and stir
    to coat with rendered fat. (Add a glug of olive oil if pancetta
    didn’t render enough fat to keep the kale from sticking to the
    pan.) Cook, stirring, until the kale begins to wilt, about 5 minutes.
    Add 2 cups chicken stock, lower heat to medium-low and
    cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a blender; or blend with an immersion
    blender. (Fill the blender no more than halfway; puree in two
    batches if necessary.) Puree, starting on the lowest speed, until
    smooth. (When working with hot liquids in a blender, it’s wise
    to hold down the lid with a kitchen towel in case some liquid
    escapes when the motor is running.) Puree the second batch if
    necessary. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and
    cook the onions with the salt until the onions just barely show
    color, stirring for about 3 minutes. Add the chopped apples and
    cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the apples
    soften and onions are translucent. Stir in the remaining broth.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the blender, splitting into two batches if
    necessary. Puree until smooth. Combine the pureed apple and
    onion mixture with the kale mixture, and whisk to combine. If
    soup seems too thick, add more stock or water until it reaches
    the desired consistency. Garnish with dairy of choice