With Black History Month coming to an end, we’re wrapping things up with this Potato Collard Green Soup. It’s filling, hearty, and has all the soul you need in life.
Collard greens are a staple in Black cooking that goes back centuries. During slavery, ingredients for meals were slim. Meals often consisted of scraps of meat and vegetables. Collards were one of those vegetables that were readily available to slaves. Collards are a wide, leafy green in the same family as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. They are an excellent source of vitamin K, A, and C and also contain nutrients like folate and fiber.
Today we’re doing a twist on this Potato, Collard Green, and Chorizo Soup adapted from one of our favorite blogs, Chocolate For Basil. We swapped some hearty chickpeas for chorizo to give you a healthy dose of plant-based protein and an extra dash of fiber. If you have trouble finding sumac (like we did), sub in some paprika + lemon zest for a similar flavor.
Jerrelle is the mastermind behind Chocolate For Basil, and we love her so much that we are interviewing her on the podcast (going live tomorrow!) so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! And while you’re waiting on that podcast episode, go buy Jerrelle’s incredible cookbook, Black Girl Baking, ASAP.
Enough chit chat…let’s get this soup going! In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes before adding the garlic. Cook for another minute, stirring constantly being careful not to burn, and then add in the chili powder and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, then add in the veggie broth and milk, stirring to combine. Salt to taste.
Next, add in the cubed potatoes, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium low, place a lid over the top, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Then add in the collards, chickpeas, lemon juice, and tamari, stir to combine, and cook with the lid on again for another 10 or so minutes or until the collards are tender. When ready to serve, sprinkle over the paprika, dash of lemon zest, adjust for salt, and stir in the butter to finish/to cut the acidity. Serve into bowls and enjoy!
Hands up if collards are a staple on your menus! We can’t get enough of this Potato Collard Green Soup. What are your favorite collard recipes? Let us know what you think of our plant-based spin in the comments below!
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 5-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1, 32- ounce container veggie broth
- 1 cup milk (vegan unsweetened milk ok)
- 2 large yellow potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces, about 3 cups
- 2-3 cups of cleaned and chopped collard greens, thick stems removed
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- Lemon zest
- 2-3 tablespoon vegan butter
- Salt to taste
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes before adding the garlic.
Cook for another minute, stirring constantly being careful not to burn, and then add in the chili powder and red pepper flakes.
Stir and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, then add in the veggie broth and milk stirring to combine. Salt to taste.
Add in the cubed potatoes, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium low, place a lid over the top, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Add in the collards, chickpeas, lemon juice, and tamari, stir to combine, and cook with the lid on again for another 10 or so minutes or until the collards are tender.
When ready to serve, sprinkle over the paprika, dash of lemon zest, adjust for salt, and stir in the butter to finish/to cut the acidity. Serve into bowls and enjoy!
Hey! If I am meal prepping this should I store the leftovers frozen and reheat or will refrigerated suffice?
In the fridge! Freezer may affect the flavor
I made this with almond milk previously, but I have some coconut milk I need to use. Would I be able to use coconut milk instead of almond milk?
Yes it’ll just come out thicker but that’s not a bad thing!
Marie E Carthon says
I make my soup with kidney beans and added cherry tomatoes no almond milk. but did use vegetable broth!
I absolutely love collards, but have never gotten past the collards and cornbread meal. They’re so good I never thought about using them any other way, but this recipe has gotten me inspired and I cannot wait to try it. Of course it can’t be anything but wonderful; I love collards and I love potato soup. Sounds like a winning combination, and especially tempting with the seasoning used here. The chickpeas are the icing on the – uh, soup! 🙂
Hope you enjoy!! This is one of our fan faves <3
Great. My wife who can’t stand collards, loved this soup.
amazing! so happy to hear this.
This definitely was a party in my mouth! My family gave it a 10!
yay! glad ya’ll enjoyed <3
Could you make this in an Instant Pot?
Cori Roth says
I plan to prepare this soup today as i just cut up some fresh collard greens. I only have sweet potatoes but that should be a nice combo with the greens. I don’t have any milk so coconut milk will be my choice. I have to think about a sub for the chickpeas as I can’t eat them along with beans and lentils. Will follow the recipe accordingly otherwise. Look forward to the end result. Dinner later! Thank you.
Let us know how it goes!!
Murphy Griffin says
What is it that’s making the broth that beautiful red color in your pictures? Right now, bc of the milk, the broth looks…taupe.
Paprika and chili powder give it that red hue.
I have a recipe for
swamp soup which I usually make. This
recipe is quite similar. Thank you for posting.
I loooovvvve collard greens.
Whenever I feel “not so good” or a bit out of energy I cook collard greens!
Collard greens FTW!
I will definitely make this again! I used a lime instead of lemon…and oat milk; which i forgot to put it in until after the collards and beans, didn’t make a difference I believe. I used an immersion blender at the end. Skipped the paprika. Served w air fryer bacon and gluten free flatbread. Delicious! My husband loved it, too.
So happy you enjoyed it!