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I Love This Soup So Much, I Make It Practically Every Week of Fall

updated Nov 11, 2020
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Angela Davis, known by many as The Kitchenista, has been a kitchen hero to me for years. Many of her recipes are part of my regular rotation, and she has a knack for making cooking accessible to everyone. I have endless admiration for her creativity in the kitchen and all the skills she’s mastered as a self-taught chef. 

As I write this, it’s currently raining here in Brooklyn. I’m curled up with a bowl of my favorite soup — which, of course, is one of Angela’s recipes. Her Kale, Sweet Potato, and Chorizo Soup is absolutely delicious. And while I’m always in the mood for soup, it’s an especially perfect meal as we creep further into the fall and the temperature begins to drop.

The Super-Smart Trick That Makes This Soup So Good

Angela’s recipe really packs a punch. First, you sauté the chorizo, which will instantly fill your kitchen with the scent of spicy goodness. Then you add the onion, fennel, and leeks to really start building up the flavor, followed by garlic, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Trust me: You will continue to be delighted by the smell coming out of your kitchen. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, opt for a milder chorizo and use less red pepper flakes.

After adding chicken stock and Tuscan kale, you’ll add the sweet potatoes. This is the part I love most about this recipe. Angela has you roast the sweet potatoes for about 20 minutes before adding them to the soup. This gives them the opportunity to crisp up a bit, ensuring they don’t immediately turn to mush in your soup as can so often happen with sweet potato chunks. Then, to really bring it home, you’ll finish the soup with a bit of cilantro and lemon juice.

This recipe is easy and not too time-consuming, but it’s also extremely flavorful and filling. The problem I often have with soup is that it doesn’t quite feel like enough food, but the sweet potatoes and chorizo really make this soup feel like a complete meal. Simply put, Angela is a genius in the kitchen — and this soup is just one of her many amazing recipes. If you’re looking for a great soup to cook this fall, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try.

At Kitchn, our editors develop and debut brand-new recipes on the site every single week. But at home, we also have our own tried-and-true dishes that we make over and over again — because quite simply? We love them. Kitchn Love Letters is a series that shares our favorite, over-and-over recipes.