Creamy Kale Leek Soup

I wanted to make potato leek soup but didn’t have any potatoes, and also clam chowder but didn’t have any milk, so ended up combining the two with the help of two heavily modified Mark Bittman recipes for vegetable soups.  The result is virtually fat free and quite delicious, and pretty easy to make.

Ingredients

3 leeks (1 bunch)

2 bunches kale
1 jalapeño
1 can corn (15 oz)
1 can lite coconut milk (13.5 oz)
1 can chopped clams (6.5 oz)
1 bottle clam juice (8 oz)
1 TB fish sauce
1 TB curry powder
1/2 TB garam masala
6 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt
Directions
  1. Wash leeks and kale really well to remove sand, and slice. Remove stem and seeds from jalapeño. Add to large (8 qt) pot with a bit of water to steam, and cover for a few minutes until wilted.
  2. Puree the leeks and kale with the corn and jalapeño, add water if necessary. You may need a large bowl to hold the pureed vegetables while blending in batches.
  3. Return pureed vegetables to pot, bring back to a boil and add a bit more water to make a “soupy” consistency.
  4. Season with fish sauce, curry powder, and garam masala.
  5. After the kale no longer tastes raw, add clam juice and canned clams. Stir and simmer for a minute to incorporate.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt, mix thoroughly. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  7. Ladle into soup bowls and serve with croutons or a crusty baguette, and a nice Pinot Noir.
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