Spicy Pork Soup with Kale

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Nov 29, 2010 at 8:55am

I posted this recipe a few weeks ago at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine. It is all soup, all the time in this house right now! I made both beef and chicken versions over the weekend, might as well add pork too and fill up my freezer. It is so nice to find a container of delicious soup and heat it up for a quick lunch or dinner. I make my own day when I find such a treasure.

I just returned from a national food bloggers’ conference – yeah, there is such a thing.┬áIt happened to be in San Francisco, so while the conference food was…conference food, everywhere else I dined was incredible. From pork liver to crispy tofu, from chicken gizzards to grilled okra, I sampled serious food, washed down with equally serious wine, and while it was unforgettable, after five days of indulgence I was ready to make my way back to reality.

Reality! Which given laryngitis (I talked too much) and tiredness (see food and wine above), for me turned out to be soup. I was needing a good dose of restorative vegetables, but was experiencing a bit of pork withdrawal (San Francisco knows good pork!), so I decided that a hearty pork with kale soup would bridge the transition nicely. And oh did it, wow, my not-kale-loving husband gave this a big thumbs up. This soup turned out to be exactly what I wanted on my first day home – pleasantly spicy, rich with silky pork shoulder and tender kale, with just a hint of comforting cinnamon.

It’s good to be home.

Spicy Pork Soup with Kale
Serves 6

1 lb. pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
1/2 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 fresh Anaheim or Poblano (mild) chile, chopped
1 dried guajillo or ancho chili, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
dash cinnamon
34 oz. chicken broth
3 c. chopped kale (leaves only, tough center rib discarded)
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Sprinkle pork pieces with salt. When pan is hot, thoroughly brown pork on all sides. Remove pork to a plate and set aside.

Add onion, garlic, and peppers to the pan and saute until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add dash of cinnamon, then stir in the chicken broth. Return pork to the pan, bring to a simmer, and transfer pot to the oven, where it will very gently simmer.

After two hours, stir the chopped kale into the soup. Re-cover the pot and return to the oven for another hour.

Remove soup from the oven, then remove pork and gently shred into bite-sized pieces. Stir shredded pork back into the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve.

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  1. By FreshTartSteph on November 30, 2010 at 3:22PM

    Cold here too, it's all I want to eat! And then go sit in a hot bath, ha. Stay warm, and thank you!

  2. By FinnLover on November 30, 2010 at 6:08AM

    Oh wow, this looks so nice and comforting. I've had soups on my mind a lot these past few days, it's been so cold here in Norway.

  3. By FreshTartSteph on November 29, 2010 at 7:11PM

    Thanks Amanda! Hilarious, and very trusting of you :)

  4. By manda2177 on November 29, 2010 at 1:04PM

    Love the pork... love the kale!! SO good for you, and delicious too! (I mean, I'm just assuming. But its YOU making it, so it has to be fabulous!)