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simple creamy potato soup

This is the year I’m going to stick to my goal of making more soup.

I had high hopes last year, but things just didn’t pan out. 

I’m definitely guilty of buying more prepared soup than I make.  Just like cooking your own beans, making soup is a great money saver.  The taste difference is also incomparable.  My main reason for not making soup, was intimidation.  That stops now!

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I’m heading home to Cleveland this Sunday, and have been trying to get meals prepped + in the freezer, for Chris to chow down on while I’m away.  He’s been extremely busy at work, so I thought this would help him out in the evenings. 

There were 2lbs of potatoes on my counter, staring me down, from our latest veggie box.  That’s 2lbs of potatoes I didn’t want to go bad.  So it was decided, they would all be used in this soup.

The inspiration for this soup, was a creamy garlic + kale soup, I enjoyed last weekend at Tasty Harmony.  Their soups never disappoint.  It was thick + creamy, with the perfect amount of garlic and flavor.  It was simple.

So where do the potatoes come into play?

Their version they did not utilize them, but in my version, the potatoes are used to produce the creaminess.

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And boy did that ever work out well. 

The soup was seasoned simply with thyme, sage, garlic, salt + pepper. 

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Chopped kale was added, but not an overwhelming amount.  I didn’t want the texture to become too chewy.

A sprinkle of smoked paprika on top, made this bowl complete.

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Creamy Herbed Potato + Kale Soup [gf/vegan - serves 6-8]

  • 6c vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1T + 1t garlic, minced
  • 2lbs potatoes [fingerling/yukon gold/russet], chopped
  • 2t fresh thyme
  • 1.5t dried sage
  • 2T sunflower oil
  • 2c kale, finely chopped
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • smoked paprika + thyme to garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, over medium heat + add the onion once hot.
  2. Stir every minute or so, until soft + lightly golden. ~6-8min 
  3. Stir in garlic for 30sec and then add broth, thyme, sage + pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Add chopped potatoes, bring back to a boil, cover + reduce heat to simmer for about 20min.
  5. Carefully, using a hand immersion blender, partially puree your soup to desired consistency.
  6. Stir in chopped kale, desired amount of salt, more pepper if needed, and simmer for 10min.
  7. Serve + garnish with a sprinkle of thyme + smoked paprika.

*You can use broccoli/spinach/cauliflower/etc instead of kale.

*I used no sodium added vegetable bouillon cubes [great money saver!!] and ended up adding 3/4-1t salt overall.

*If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor to partially puree the soup.  Add about 3/4 of the soup and blend until smooth and then return to the pot.  Use extreme caution when blending hot liquids!  

You can completely puree your soup if you would like, but I chose to leave some large pieces of potato for added texture.

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While this recipe is free of cheese, milk, or cream, you are more than welcome to broil freshly grated cheddar on top.

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In fact, it is highly recommended.

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Here’s to soup and Fridays!


Reader Comments (61)

The recipe is great and so are the photos! Job well done, Ashley!

I love the vertical semi-cropped overhead shot and the last one...all broiled up. yum!

Yessss! Bring on the soup recipes! This one looks awesome. I think I might have a new-found love with potatoes.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandy @ Healthy in Candy Land

That looks beautiful, and reminds me of the potato soup my mom used to make when we'd go hunting for Christmas trees. Except in your version, nobody died. Like that pig. ;)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

This soup looks so good! I love that it's creamy without having any cream - definitely going to try this soon!

Mmmm... I love potato soup! The broiled cheddar is a must!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika - The Teenage Taste

Oh man, this soup looks so good! Sounds perfect for a chilly Friday night :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

I've made so much soup this year already. I can't wait to try more!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterally@girlVfood

Yum! I love the addition of kale and paprika, looks perfect :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

Oooh yes! The weather is due to be absolutely miserable here this weekend which can only mean one thing... soup time!! :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Yum!!! This looks like a recipe for next week. Were suppose to get rain and this will be perfect in cold rainy weather!

This recipe looks like a winner for me! I am really getting into the soup season as the temps are getting chilly here.

Yay for soup!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I love using potatoes to make creamy soups. You get the same thickness but don't feel laden down by heavy cream.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa

I love making my own soup! Only problem is that I generally have to buy stock to put in it, otherwise it's bland, and that gets expensive fast. I need to find a recipe for a good veggie broth. :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle @ Turning Over a New

Oh man, the cheese on top of that just TOTALLY made the dish!

Potato soup is so good and something I definitely do not have often enough...

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

I am not a big soup eater but I think it is because I live in Texas (AKA: Hades) and it never gets cold enough for soup. Ever.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

ohh broiling soup with cheese on top. I've never thought of that but it looks amazing. I usually just sprinkle cheese and let it melt but broiling it is clearly a better decision. I'm so intimidated by soups too but they are sort of hard to mess up I think!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I have a goal to EAT more soup this year. After all, it is good for the soul. I have this perception that it won't be filling, but with soups like this there's just no way it can be true.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Looks like some awesome comfort food! Yum! Sometimes I forget about soup. But it's such a filling, warming, inexpensive way to eat in winter. Thanks for the reminder!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ SerenityintheStorm

ohh soup. i love soup. so easy and delicious! its one of the best things about fall and winter. this looks really good ashley! I have a ton of potatoes in the garden and herbs are still fresh, need to use them before the frost comes :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia (Natural + Balanced)

Yum!! I love soups in the fall.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison @ Hospitality Haven

I'm so happy soup season is here. :-)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

I've never been a soup lover, mainly because the soup I drink at home is incredibly watery. However, broiled cheese on top of soup? I might just be a convert yet ;)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood

This looks delicious! I am adding this to my list of recipes to make for next week:)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

I made a potato soup last weekend and until I pureed 1/2 of it, I was worried it wouldn't be creamy enough. Wow. I had no idea pureeing the soup would make it SO creamy and amazing!!! Can't wait to try your version :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen@FoodFamilyFitness

We have a restaurant here that always features what we call the Cream of Something soup. They may call it cauliflower or celery or whatever, but they all have the same, unappetizing grey colour.
This potato soup looks wonderful. Love being able to have cream soup without the cream.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEat Hike Sleep Repeat

This looks like a great comfort food...perfect for the cooler temps! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend! :)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

soups are my favorite thing to make- hands down. they're a great way to use up extra veggies.

want to make the best soup EVER?!

seriously- impresses everyone. DELICIOUS.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjamie @ jamelfamela

I just made a soup like this on my blog! But this looks fabulous! Making stuff yourself really does save money, doesn't it? You never cease to amaze, Ashley!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Foodie Fiasco

I read this post, and immediately went to D2D and set up an account. I'd been meaning to for awhile, and I can't wait to get my first box this week! It'll have 'taters, too, so I might just have to make this soup!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Nice use of kale. Yes- beans, soups, dressings...that's what I'm currently working on to make more of from scratch. You are right, no comparison!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Hi Ashley,

Yummmm this looks great!! My sister and I are visiting Fort Collins next year. Can you recommend some places to eat and a coffee shop? Also anything else that is a must do! Thanks so much! I live in Telluride, CO and look forward to a Fort Collins visit - never been and heard great things about it. Peace and Light

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Frances

This recipe looks fantastic! I'm going to have to make this, especially since it's starting to get chilly out now. :D

Definitely just head to Old Town [downtown]. There are a lot of great places to eat, grab coffee, and shop. Shopping - White Balcony, The Cupboard, shops in Old Town Square Food - Tasty Harmony, Crown Pub, La Luz, Walrus [for amazing ice cream], Enzios, La Creperie, Snooze - Coffee - The Bean Cycle, Cafe Ardour Have fun!!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

And so much cheaper!! :)

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's awesome! Try using "edibleperspective" for a coupon code! Hopefully it still works!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes!! SO much money...and it always tastes better too. :)

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whoa. I am ALL over that!! Thanks for passing along. :)

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm glad my soup looks appetizing, haha!!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was worried too!! But I actually had to add liquid to it, when we ate it the next day!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I hope you like it!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome way to use up herbs, and you can really use any that you want!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes,definite comfort meal! :)

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ohh yah...broiling is amazing!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've been buying the no-salt added veggie bouillon cubes lately. It's waaay more economical than buying the cartons and tastes great too!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm pretty sure you would love it!!

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Averie! Much appreciated. :)

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

sweet potato kale soup is one of my all time favorite soup recipes so i'm beyond excited to try this white potato version! great recipe ash!

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternatalie (the sweets life)

[...] While it may not technically be soup weather yet, I could not resist making a batch when I saw this recipe on Ashley’s blog – The Edible [...]

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterComfort Food |

Made this last night for dinner and my goodness it was delicious! my hubby made himself sick eating so much :)

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Woohoo!!! Glad you enjoyed, but sorry the husband was so stuFFed, hehe.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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