Happy Soup Sunday!
Yay! This time my soup recipe will actually go up on Sunday, our soup day :). For the second instalment of my soup month, I will present you with a more recent favourite. A little while ago I was hanging out with Anneloes and she made a version of this soup for lunch. I thought it was so warming and hearty. I liked it so much that I couldn't stop eating and actually burnt my tongue a little. That wasn't very nice, but days later my mind and body still wanted more. So in the weeks that followed I researched many Zuppa Toscana recipes in order to create my own favourite version.
I personally like kale, but Peter is not the biggest fan, though. I think it has something to do with the fact that in Holland we have this dish called 'Boerenkool Stamppot' (kale mashed potatoes), and that dish can be rather bland. He doesn't really have good childhood memories about that dish and is, therefore, a bit reluctant sometimes to try recipes with kale. I've gotten him so far as to eat kale in salads or roasted with some pumpkin from the oven, but still, when I introduced this soup he wasn't that enthusiastic to try it out, lol. Nonetheless, he did and before he had finished his bowl he inquired when I would be making this again. The answer: a week later (recipe tweaking and all). Now it has become sort of a winter staple.
I like this soup best when it is not too complicated and so you only need a few ingredients. The potato and the kale make a perfect base together (lovers of kale mash should really try this ;). The creamy soup adds a flavour binding component and my secret ingredient definitely has to be the sweet smoked paprika powder. It adds some depth and complexity to this dish and totally rounds it out. Also, I listed the parmesan flakes as optional, but to be honest, they are not haha. Really, please try the soup with the parmesan flakes. You won't regret it. Ps. While I am writing this post, Peter comes up to me asking me what I'm doing. So I say I'm writing this blog post and he goes 'Omg that soup was so good. Can we make this again soon?'. So yeah, I don't know about you, but this soup will definitely be on our meal plan again for the upcoming week. Oh, and if you get around to trying this recipe, let me know. I'd love to read your opinions and experiences!
4-5 bowls of soup