Vegan Colcannon Soup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium leeks, tough green outer leaves removed, washed well (see Kitchen Tip), and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery (with leaves), roughly chopped
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes (about 2 cups)
¼ head savoy cabbage, roughly chopped (3 cups)
1 head kale, stemmed and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
8 cups Roasted Vegetable Stock or store-bought low-sodium vegetable broth
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Heat the oil in a large stockpot set over medium-high heat, until it shimmers. Add the leeks, garlic, and celery, and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the edges are golden. Add the parsnips, potatoes, cabbage, kale, stock, salt, and pepper and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium and cover.
Bring the soup to a boil; then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and soft. Add the lemon juice.
Using an immersion blender (or working in batches in a blender), purée until completely smooth. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Colcannon, an Irish classic mash of potatoes and cabbage, is transformed into a soup that is rich in body from the potatoes, sweet from parsnips, green from kale and cabbage, and punched up with the freshness of lemon.
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 5:26pm