Spicy Potato & Kale Soup


Spicy sausage--in this case, chorizo--pairs beautifully with hearty greens. If you like, substitute collard or mustard greens for the kale. If you can't get chorizo, hot Italian sausage will also work in this soup.

Spicy Potato-Kale Soup
Photo: Kelsey Hansen
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings, 1 1/ cups each


  • 1/4 cup halved and sliced chorizo sausage, (see Note)

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • cup water

  • 1 small russet potato, peeled and sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

  • 4 cups kale, ribs removed, thinly sliced (see Tips for Two)

  • teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, until browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the chorizo to a paper towel-lined plate; wipe out the pot.

  2. Heat oil in the pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add broth, water, potato and garlic; increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potato is tender, 6 to 9 minutes. Lightly mash the potato with a wooden spoon. Add kale, a handful at a time, waiting until it has wilted before adding more. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved chorizo and season with pepper.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Chorizo, a spicy pork sausage seasoned with paprika and chili, is originally from Spain and is often used in Mexican cooking. Chorizo can be made with raw or smoked, ground or chopped pork. Chorizo is available at well-stocked supermarkets, specialty food stores or online at tienda.com. Chorizo can be found in the deli section of most large supermarkets.

Tips for Two: Refrigerate leftover kale, preferably in a perforated plastic bag, for 5 to 10 days. Substitute kale in Sautéed Swiss Chard with Chile & Garlic; add during the last 4 minutes while cooking pasta; sauté with minced garlic and extra-virgin olive oil for an omelet filling or to stir into scrambled eggs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

201 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g 21%
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 19167IU 383%
Vitamin C 65mg 72%
Folate 39mcg 10%
Sodium 672mg 29%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 48mg 11%
Potassium 848mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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