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Creamy Potato Kale Soup

What do you do with a leftover ham bone after the ham dinner? Add to that a bag of fresh garden kale a friend brought over; I decided to make soup. Although we have several options on soups with potatoes and kale, I thought this one would have a slightly different twist, reminiscent of our Green Bean Soup.

  • ham bone with some ham left on (or 1 lb mini smoked ham hock)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red chili pepper, dried
  • 10 whole black peppers
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  4 golden potatoes, quartered and sliced thin
  • 4 carrots, sliced thin
  • 4 cups kale, stem removed, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons better-than-bouillon or bouillon cube
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour mixed with 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • chili flakes, optional
  • cheese, grated, optional
  1. Put ham bone in a soup pot and cover with water to cook.
  2. Add onion, garlic and spices (tied in a cheese cloth or put in spice infuser) and bring to boil.
  3. While it cooks, chop the vegetables. I kept skins on because they were thin.
  4. Add potatoes and carrots to broth and simmer another 1/2 hour, until tender. 
  5. Remove ham bone. Taste soup. Add bouillon flavor if needed. 
  6. Chop kale and add to soup along with any shaved off ham pieces. Simmer 15 minutes.
  7. Shake up flour and milk in a small jar and add to soup, stirring until it bubbles. 
  8. Add cream just before serving. Serve with extra chili flakes and grated cheese. Serves 8


  1. Wow - I sure miss the dates on the posts. Hope they are coming back.

  2. Dear Anonymous, I had barely started my coffee when I read this and thought this was a spam comment-because who puts dates into soup? LOL I woke up and realized what you meant. I'm sorry you miss the date but it is part of a transition process to update our site.

  3. I made this soup for supper tonight with a few little modifications, which is what I love about making soup - it's not an exact science! Anyway, it was delicious with great flavour - perfect for this chilly evening in Winnipeg.:) Thanks for another keeper recipe!��

  4. What a pretty soup and it looks delicious!

  5. I love soups and potato soup is one of my favourites. I like this version of yours with kale for an extra green boost.

  6. YES!!

    I'll have to use just ham, no bone, but I think ham and potato is one of my favourite soups. I decided I'd withhold the dates and stuff them with creme cheese. Hope that's ok?


  7. Hi,
    I just harvested our winter kale. Yummy!! This will be so good. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Believe I'll give a try but use spinach as my green leaf - not a real fan of kale.

    1. Spinach would work fine. You can also use green beans or omit any green. =)

  9. Made this for supper last night, and we loved it. Thanks for another great recipe


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