It’s Soup Season!

When fall hits the Northeast, it doesn’t mess around.  We had a couple of days where the weather wasn’t sure if it should still be summer or not, but now fall has well and truly settled in.  Which means one thing: time for soup!

potato kale soup 01

(Actually, it’s also time for stew, casserole, and other warming foods, but soup does tend to spring to mind first.)  Enter potato kale soup from 1,000 Vegan Recipes.  I’m sure by now people are starting to wish I’d shut up about Robin Robertson, but I continue to love her recipes.  Potatoes and kale are two of my favorite things, and we just so happen to have both fresh from our garden.

potato kale soup closeup

It’s a pretty basic soup recipe that doesn’t take a very long time to make.  Just some potatoes, kale, white beans, broth, onions, and a few seasonings.  The recipe suggested adding some sauteed faux sausage to round it out into a full meal, which I did wind up doing.  It was definitely a tasty combination!

potato kale soup bowl

Strangely enough, despite the cool falls and frigid winters we get around here, I don’t often make soup.  I think years of watching my mom put together hearty veggie soups that cooked all day ingrained the idea in my head that all soup has to take a long time.  I plan on trying to break that mindset this season so that I can feel free to experiment with the vast variety of soup recipes in my cookbooks!

Question for the comments:
What’s your favorite meal when the weather starts to get chilly?



  1. Jenny said,

    10/06/2010 at 8:06 AM

    It IS “warming” season! I’ve been in the same mood for the same type of foods. And, I love Robin as well. Her slow cooker book is excellent, I use it all the time. Will be cooking from her “Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes” this month on my blog. Good stuff! One of my favorite foods for this time of year is butternut squash bisque. Made it last year and I’m looking forward to cooking it up again real soon! 🙂

    • Sam said,

      10/06/2010 at 9:29 AM

      Ooh, I haven’t tried her slow cooker book yet, but I did get the “meat & potatoes” one out of the library once and loved it. I have her Vegan Planet, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, and Vegan Fire & Spice, all of which I use so much that they’re getting food-stained and dog-eared, hehe!

  2. 10/06/2010 at 5:36 AM

    What a hearty, warming soup! Love it!

  3. jessy said,

    10/05/2010 at 2:54 PM

    how awesome that you’ve got kale and potatoes growing in your garden. that rocks socks, and they’re also both favorites on mine. you can talk about Robin Robertson as much as you like – i just love her, and her potato kale soup looks absolutely excellent – warm and comforting, indeed! i love roasted veggies in the fall, but my heart loves casseroles even more. a few years ago i veganized a childhood favorite of mine: tuna casserole. now it’s tuna-not casserole and it’s just as yummy as i remember it! actually, in thinking about it now i’m gonna add it to next week’s menu. yay!