With the holiday season drawing to a close, I’m starting to feel the effects of eating
everything entirely too much. I must have lost myself somewhere between the Christmas cookies and the cheeses. And oh, and the meats. This was my first Christmas season as an omnivore in many years and I’m afraid I went a little overboard.
I just got back from spending the holiday “cabin-ing” with my family in a tiny little mountain town in central Oregon. Up there with sledding adventures, snowy hikes with Trudydog, and reading, eating was definitely one of the more popular activities.
But now that I’m back to the real world, I’m re-committing to a more balanced diet. Or at least one that doesn’t include triple cream brie and truffle salami twice a day.
And it starts with this soup.
The recipe I’ve shared here has been just ever so slightly adapted from this delightful Cookie & Kate recipe. She just really hit the nail on the head with this one.
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 large red onion
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 3 inch piece of ginger
- 1 teaspoons salt
- ½ cup tomato paste
- ¾ cup chunky peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 tablespoon chili paste (sambal oelek)
- ½ bunch lacinato kale
- In a large pot, bring the vegetable stock to a simmer over medium heat. While the stock is heating up, dice the red onion, mince the garlic, and peel and mince the ginger. Once the stock is simmering, add the onion, garlic, ginger, and salt and continue to cook for 18-20 minutes or until onion is soft.
- While the stock is simmering away, measure out the peanut butter and tomato paste into a large heat-proof container. Wash, de-spine, and chop the kale into ½ inch strips.
- After 15 minutes of simmering, ladle out about a cup and a half of the stock into peanut butter and tomato paste, whisking to combine, adding more stock, if necessary, to thin it out. It should be about the consistency of yogurt.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture into the pot. Add the sriracha, chili paste, and kale and continue to cook on low heat for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.