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Red and Green Winter Stoup

December 2007
Red and Green Winter Stoup

by 8 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO
  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 onions, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 - 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 32 ounce container  4 cups) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 28 ounce can  crushed tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 3 large roasted red peppers
  • 4 thick slices crusty whole grain bread
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1 cup shredded asiago cheese
Directions
  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, over medium to medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, onions, rosemary and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the kale in batches and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes.
  2. Using a food processor or a mini chopper, puree the roasted peppers. Stir the pureed peppers into the soup pot, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler; toast the bread, rub with the garlic halves and top with the cheese. Melt the cheese under the broiler for 1 minute. Serve the stoup with the toasts.