I was craving something warm and comforting this week and memories of my childhood favorite, potato soup, came to mind. This is not the milk, bacon, and potato soup that my family would eat once a week. But a version that fits my tastes now as much as my Dad's special soup did way back then. This one is full of veggies and herbs and has a tangy lemon broth with just a little bit of spice. This would be perfect for anyone with the sniffles.
Lemony Herb Potato Soup
2 cups chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 tablespoon sea salt
8 cups vegetable or mushroom broth
4 cups diced potatoes
4 cups chopped kale
1 lemon juice + zest
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
a pinch of red pepper flakes
black pepper to taste
Saute the onion and carrot until the onion is soft. Add the garlic, dill, and salt and saute for a minute more. Add the both, bring to a boil, turn down heat and let simmer at a soft boil until the potatoes and carrots are soft. Add the kale, lemon juice and zest, basil, mint, and red pepper. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
The combination of lemon, herbs, and red pepper flakes is really good. And of course this makes tasty left-overs. This makes a big batch and freezes well.
I'm very excited about soup right now. Do you have a favorite soup from your childhood? Is it still your favorite?