Potato & Kale Soup

October 25, 2011

Stepping out the front door is definitely the hardest part of running!

Even for me, I could easily find a million other things to do to keep my occupied or distract me from running. But I always have to remind myself that I will always be thankful I did run—otherwise I will feel guilty!! Probably not the best way to feel, but it is the truth. I know I will regret it if I don’t get out for my daily morning run!


Distance: 5 miles

Time: 44 minutes

Weather: a balmy 45* (!)


I often don’t rave about my cooking, probably because I am too hard on myself and have high standards for myself, but this soup blew me out of the water!

I originally found a picture of this soup on Pinterest and actually clicked over to the website (Fake Food Free) and made it!


Potato & Kale Soup

This hearty bowl of soup screams (healthy) comfort food for a chilly, fall day!


The bites of potato and kale are quite delicious but the bacon in this soup puts it over the top!

I loved the bites of kale and would probably add even more next time!

bacon + kale = two of the husband’s favorite foods!


Potato & Kale Soup

(Slightly adapted from this recipe.)


2 strips of bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 small carrots, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 medium yellow potatoes, chopped

2 cups kale, chopped and loosely packed

1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1-1/4 teaspoons paprika

1/2 cup half and half


1. In a medium-sized pot, cook the bacon over medium heat. Cook until bacon fat becomes visible.

2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the onion and carrots. Cook for 3 minutes.

3. Add garlic and cook for additional 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

4. Add potatoes and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Add water until the potatoes are just covered. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

6. Add kale and cook for 1 minute or just until wilted.

7. Stir in the paprika, salt, and pepper.

8. Mash some of the potatoes (but not all of them) with a potato masher.

9. Stir in the half-and-half.




What is your favorite comfort food?

Honestly, I don’t know if I have one. . . . maybe breads/carbs of any sorts??

    1. Favorite comfort food, in the Fall at least, is Chili with cheese, sour cream and lots of fritos. Yummm!

    1. favorite comfort food is mac & cheese…but I have no control around it so I never make it.

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