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Creamy Potato Kale Soup

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This soup be like yummaayyyy.

You can expect to see many-a-more bowl o' Creamy Potato Kale Soup around our house in the next 10 or so years. Bjork (moderate liker of vegetables) and I (major liker of vegetables) both declared this a new favorite. For him, it's the taste and texture. The taste is reminiscent of a very mellow broccoli cheese soup, and the texture? It's seriously the creamiest, most velvety veggie-based soup you've ever spooned into your mouth or dipped your panini into. <— do it now.

For me, it's the velvety texture factor plus the fact that it's really intuitive, extremely adaptable, and pantry ingredient friendly. If I remember right, there are 5 ingredients (two in a row! we're on a roll!) and 4 of those ingredients are probably already in your kitchen as we type-speak.

Kale and potatoes.

But first, let's address two things:

1. Those of you who have kids and continue to somehow defy all odds and make dinner happen? You have my major respect. This weekend we asked the question: How hard could it be to eat lunch when you're babysitting the cutest of the cutesy nephew baby?

Man holding a baby.

Um, reality check. We had two adults to one 2-month-old and eating a warm meal together at the table, much less cooking in the first place, was virtually impossible. This was a picture I snapped of Bjork while I was making the soup, before we switched places after the frantic run to the kitchen for the bottle and the mad search through the diaper bag for the pacifier. And finally Bjork ends up at the table with a bowl of soup and I'm on the comfy chair doing some one-handed snacking instead. Because sometimes even Creamy Potato Soup isn't worth waking up the baby.

Washing kale under water.

Now secondly, the elephant in the room, which is the COLOR of this soup.


Creamy Potato Kale Soup in a white bowl with a spoon.

It's beautiful in the artistical sense and completely scary in the more normal sense. I had to justify myself to people about 8 times in the work lunch room because I would get lots of What-Are-You-Eating glares. Or maybe that was my imagination and I just wanted to talk about food again? Either way.

Believe it or not, the first time I made this soup it was even greener than this version. We're talking like bright electric green soup in a bowl. So incredibly tasty! but so overwhelming to the eyeballs. So in order to NOT end up with electric green soup and to get a more mellow, calm, creamy green soup, my tips are:

  • cook the kale a little bit in the broth to take away the bright greeny-ness
  • don't blend all the kale in at once - blend some first and then check the color
  • use less kale
  • stop caring about what people think about your green soup

Seriously though, just eat it in a closet or something if you can't get over the green soup judgement.

This velvety dream is our new go-to for dipping with cheesy paninis, bread and hummus, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Bring on the kale!

Creamy Potato Kale Soup in a white bowl and on a spoon.
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Creamy Potato Kale Soup


This Creamy Potato Kale Soup is beyond velvety! It's our new favorite soup to pair with paninis, bread, and grilled cheese.


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale, stems removed
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and potatoes and saute until golden brown, 5-8 minutes, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Add 6 cups of the broth and the kale; simmer for 5-10 minutes until the kale softens and becomes a darker green.
  2. Transfer the soup to a heavy-duty blender. Puree for 2-3 minutes or until the soup is completely smooth. Transfer the pureed soup back the pan and stir in the milk and the remaining 2 cups broth depending on how thick you want the soup to be. Season with salt and pepper and serve with yummy paninis, toasted wheat bread, or crackers, cheese, and hummus.


This recipe is very adaptable - add more herbs, use more potatoes, more kale, more broth, etc. Also note: the more kale you add, the more bright green your soup will be! Also, the longer you cook the onions and potatoes the more it “dulls” the flavor. You want them to be sauteed and golden, but not totally mushy.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: kale soup, potato kale soup, healthy kale soup

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    UM that picture of your nephew? I died of cute overload. He is ADORBS.
    My hubby loves broccoli soup and hates kale. I love kale.
    I foresee this in our future…He can just believe its broccoli. So, I am all about that green color.

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    Great post!! It actually made me laugh out loud a few times as we could totally relate! A few months ago we watched Alison’s nephew and I had the bright idea that I would also try to cook an elaborate dinner because how hard could watching a 1-yr old be.

    I think we ended up ordering a pizza…..


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    I’m totally in the don’t-care-what-people-think-of-green food camp! How can you not love something that’s so fresh and vibrant? (Brown food scares me sometimes. I give oatmeal a pass because, you know, oatmeal, but gloppy brown cafeteria casserole … el passo.) Green! My garden kale are tiny seedlings right now, and they’ll be so happy in this soup when they’re all grown up in a few weeks.

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    Who doesn’t love soups like this? And yes, making dinner with young kids is beyond impossible, and yet, they wanna eat, like 3 meals a day, like they expect it or something and get all cranky on you when you want to skip out.

    Luckily, my kids are totally not picky and I can just tell they will love this! Not to mention they’ll be wearing most of it so I better dress them in green.

    My only question is what type of potato you used. I’ve just learned over the years it can make a big difference in a recipe. The blueish kind get all mushy gross on me. Yukon maybe? Red potato?

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        I don’t add milk, I serve it the way it is made and add a big scoop of yogurt to it in the bowl and grated cheese..yum..

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    Just wait til you need to make dinner AND take photos of said dinner with 2 adorable minions around 🙂

    I cook dinner 3 hours ahead of time during afternoon nap or else we eat at 7 o clock which equals complete chaos from everyone starving. Ahh babies gotta love em…..totally worth it. 🙂

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    I honestly don’t know how parents do it. My brother has twin baby girls and the thought of keeping up with both of them, especially alone, makes my head spin.

    At least Bjork got some soup though! It looks fantastic. I’ll definitely be pinning it for later. Oh, and I love the picture of the kale under the water. Great shot!

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    I’m totally in the, “who cares what color it is – it’s delicious!!” camp. I’m sure you’re just making everyone at work jealous with your delicious healthy lunch! 😉 Definitely going to have to try this out!

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    Hi Lindsay!

    Without writing a whole book in this comment box, I am telling you kids at home and healthy meals ON TIME is the most challenging.
    I have been meaning to start blogging a looooong time ago… I thought on my mat leave it would be super easy to get started. Right. Then, we got baby#2. Mmh still not that easy. And then, I figure that the moment will never be right.
    Sooo, I am a food blogger with a 3 and half years old and a 18 months! I have peeled potatoes before with my daughter in the carrier, rocking her!
    We just discover ourselves new talents, and we adapt!

    I just wanted to share with you, when it will be yours, you will adapt and work around his schedule and you will love cooking little meals!
    In the meantime, enjoy your gorgeous nephew!!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    Soup is a savior for quick weeknight meals for us, especially ones that have so few ingredients like this! We watched Brian’s 3 nephews for a weekend and wow, ya, no idea how they do it.

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    My baby turns one next week and I’ll say you go through phases where certain types of food preparation are easier than others. I’m finding it hard to blog about dinner/meals because it’s so difficult to make in advance, shoot, and manage to serve at a reasonable time. It’s so much easier to just to baked goods/dessert since I can shoot them whenever and still have a wonderful dessert when the little one is asleep.

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      My favourite way to use kale and the only way I can get it in the children. Remember to hold 2 cups of stock back and then only add as much as you need of that otherwise can end up a bit watery if you use milk as well. I think it’s fine without the milk tbh

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        Thanks for the instructive comment on the recipe. It’s hard to find relevant comments by commenters who actually make the recipe. I guess I don’t get the blog post culture.

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    I can’t wait to make this soup! It looks amazing. I have both kale and potatoes in my fridge right now so I have a feeling I will be making this over the weekend 🙂 I won’t be surprised if I take one bite and then run to my room to fetch my recipe book (reserved for only my favorite recipes) to scribble down the recipe as quickly as possible.

    I am totally with you on the major respect for parents. I babysat my niece (8 months old) this weekend and boy was I tired afterwards!! I was starving the whole time but between worrying that she was going to crawl right into danger and the fact that I can’t stand how sad she gets when I’m not paying attention to her, all I managed to eat was a granola bar. As soon as I got home I ate a big bowl of cereal and crawled into bed for a long nap.

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    Oh! We are dairy free, but I am going to try this with coconut milk. I like coconut milk and spinach, so I am sure coconut and kale soup would be great.

    Getting dinner on the table with little kids sometimes is pretty impossible… 😛 *chop veggies* *nurse baby* *put veggies in pan* *answer questions asked by preschooler* *stir veggies* *take marker from toddler* *scrape burnt veggies into trash* *repeat* One time it took my husband and I two hours tag teaming to make broccoli and ground beef in a chicken broth gravy to serve over rice. It was sad.

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        THE BEST dairy-free alternative is to use Cashew Milk – it tastes creamy.
        Soak 1 cup of cashews (preferably raw) in water overnight. Drain. Rinse. Blend with 3-4 cups of water. Strain if necessary.
        . Use as you would regular milk.

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    This will definitely be on my ‘must try’ list as I adore kale, but sadly just can’t seem to grow it here in Sydney and it costs a fortune to buy!
    Soups are a big hit in our house, especially as we head into Winter.
    Loved the pic of your cute nephew and can entirely relate to the ‘tag team’ effort to get anything done, that alone prepare or eat any food. I spend 3 days every week at my daughters helping her with my non sleeping 8 week old granddaughter, wow, talk about hard work and we thought having our 5 and 3 yr old grandsons to stay for a week was tiring…..

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    This looks so incredibly good! Naomi just gave birth to our new son this morning and I am going to make this for her when she comes home. Love the pics too!

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    I love soup. I love potato soup. This is a variety of potato soup I do not have. Hey I love that pic of your husband the baby. Your post made me laugh. Anyway I pinned the recipe because this is something I will actually make. Yahoo!

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    CRAVING! Even with its green-eggs-and-ham appeal.

    I bet it would be super with some sweet potatoes swapped for some of the white. Maybe even a lovely shade of greenish brown.