Thursday, March 10, 2011

Weekly Lunch: Black Eyed Pea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Okay, so maybe I overreacted last week when I said I was tired of wintry foods. A few days of rain put me right back in the mood for warm soups and casseroles.

This soup has some serious nutritional powerhouses - sweet potato, kale, garlic, tomatoes, beans - and will definitely help me keep up my veggie intake.

I like using curly kale in soup, but I prefer dinosaur/lacinato kale for salads. It's totally normal to have two favorite kinds of kale, right?

This is my favorite kind of soup to make - chop a bunch of veggies, throw them in a pot, and simmer.

It may be wintry, but anything this colorful will easily cheer up lunchtime.

Black Eyed Pea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup
Makes 4-6 servings

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 cloves garlic
1 large sweet potato
1 bunch kale
1 1/2 cups cooked black eyed peas (I used a 15 oz. can, drained and rinsed)
1-15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups vegetable stock

Chop all of the veggies and mince the garlic. I cut the kale in thin strips, about 1/4" wide and 2-3" long.
Over medium heat, cook the onion, carrot and celery in the olive oil in a large soup pot, 8-10 minutes until well softened and starting to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the sweet potato, herbs and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then add the tomatoes, beans and kale, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes until everything is very tender. Add salt and pepper if desired.


  1. I'm definitely still in the winter-food mode - but I spend all summer waiting for soup-cooking time again, so maybe I just like to stretch it out as long as I can! I'm loving anything with kale right now - this looks delicious!

  2. I love soup! I could eat it everyday in winter. Your soup looks really delicious - love kale, black eyed peas AND sweet potatoes - what could be bad?

  3. LauraJayne, it doesn't take much for me to get back in soup mode either :)

    Rachel, I don't seem to get tired of soups at all during the winter! There are so many different kinds, endless possibilities!

  4. Sounds like a great soup for any time.


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