Sunday, July 15, 2012

Roasted Jalapeno Potato Soup with Greens and Chorizo

Sometimes you just need comfort food.  Food that gives you a hug. The past few weeks have have been extreme.  We had a great family vacation over the 4th of July, but we came back to two broken vehicles and some heartbreaking news from a dear friend.  Lots of ups and downs.  On top of that things have been really busy and we really haven't had time to process anything. 

This afternoon we had a long awaited thunderstorm and it cooled off just enough to make a comforting bowl of soup.  It's been a few weeks since I had a few hours of time to myself and I decided kitchen therapy was definitely in order.  Potato soup is one of the most comforting meals I know of so potato soup it was. 

This potato soup differs from the traditional cream and cheese laden potato soup.  This is a chicken broth based potato soup.  It has no cream or butter and only uses a small amount of cheese as a garnish.  Surprisingly, this potato soup is every bit as creamy and delicious as it's calorie-laden counterpart.  We loved the heat from the jalapeno, the healthy addition of greens, and the gorgeous and flavorful chorizo topping.  My husband, who isn't a big soup fan, enjoyed two bowls.  It was a hit for sure!
Roasted Jalapeno Potato Soup with Greens and Chorizo
Adapted from
Serves 6

6 medium red-skin boiling or Yukon Gold potatoes
6 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1 1/2 quarts chicken broth
2 large jalapeno peppers
8 ounces Mexican chorizo, casing removed (used as a garnish)
8 cups stemmed, sliced greens (such as spinach or chard)—1/2-inch slices are good

To garnish:
grated Mexican queso anejo or other garnishing cheese like Romano or Parmesan
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Cut (4) of the potatoes into 4 pieces each and scoop them into a large soup pot (dutch oven), along with the garlic.  Chop the remaining (2) potatoes into 1/4-inch cubes and set aside. Pour half of the broth into the saucepan and set it over high heat.  When the liquid boils, reduce the heat to medium and simmer briskly until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. 

While the potatoes are cooking, roast the jalapenos over an open flame or 4 inches below a broiler, turning regularly until blistered and blackened all over, about 5 minutes for an open flame, 10 minutes for a broiler.  Cover with a kitchen towel or place in a brown paper bag. Let cool until handleable.  Cut the top off the chiles, slit the side from seed pod to point, open out flat and scrape out the seeds; discard.  Flip over and scrape the skin off the flesh; discard.  Chop the flesh into smallish pieces.

When the potatoes are tender, use an immersion blender to coarsely puree the soup base (or coarsely process in several batches in a food processor or a loosely covered blender draped with a kitchen towel, then return to the pan).  Add the remaining half of the broth, the reserved cubed potatoes and the chile pieces.  Simmer 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry the chorizo in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking up any lumps, until thoroughly cooked and well browned, about 12 minutes.  Scoop onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain.  

Just before serving, stir the greens into the soup and let simmer until they are tender—2 to 4 minutes.
Taste and season the soup with salt, usually about 1 1/2 teaspoons depending on the saltiness of your broth.  Ladle into warm soup bowls, then sprinkle with a portion of the chorizo, cheese and cilantro.  Serve right away.

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  1. I hope things get better for you. It's been a stressful summer here too. This soup sounds like just what I need.

  2. Aww sorry to hear about all the downfalls! You're soup looks lovely. By the way, we've been experiencing heavy storms in northern Toronto too. Hopefully, it will help cool things off a bit.

  3. Kitchen therapy is sometimes the best way to find balance again. Here is hoping that this week is more peaceful and satisfying.

    This soup is very cool. Roasted jalapenos, chorizo-Nice!


  4. This soup looks like a great way to comfort yourself and your family. I love potato soup and I want to try it with some soyrizo now. ;-) Hope things get better soon--hang in there!

  5. I'm so sorry to hear you guys have been going through such a stressful time. TWO broken vehicles?!? Ugh. I hope things are looking up now. Good soup always helps!

  6. This is a delicious looking bowl of comfort soup! Looks and sound delicious. I know that my kids would totally love this!
    Hope everything is getting OK now.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your ups and downs Kim. Two vehicles worth of trouble is two too many. Fingers crossed things are improving.

    Love your soup with chorizo. I used chorizo for the first time last week and was amazed at how much flavor is packed in that little sausage.

  8. Your soup looks delicious, definitely comforting. I'd have to have a second bowl as well, I love the flavors in there. I need to find some chorizo!
    Hope everything get better for you!

  9. Delicious! I love how creamy it looks, without the cream.
    We had a T-storm last night. The minute we left the fair - and the fair was actually hit! We saw the bolt of lightning from our car. Whew!

  10. OH, this sounds good. I love potatoes and greens and chorizo together - so how genius to wrap it all into a pot of soup. I'm definitely going to have to try this.

  11. This looks like a wonderful soup!

  12. I'm sorry things have been all over the place for you - I hope things calm down soon. This soup sounds so delicious and different - and I love the addition of the chorizo!

  13. That just looks amazing. Pinned it! Sorry to hear about the "crap life throws at you" stuff, Kim.


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