Mustard Greens Soup

This soup comes from a favorite food writer and chef, Rick Bayless. Sometimes, especially as the weather changes, you just need a dose of something healthy and hot. This soup accomplishes that and it's delicious too! 

Mustard Greens Soup
Serves 4



2/3 cup (about 3 ounces) blanched (peeled) almonds, plus a few extra for garnish if you wish
2 poblano chiles
2 (about 1/2 pound total) Yukon gold potatoes (skin on), medium diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bunch mustard greens, stems removed
2 tbsp olive oil
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp ground cumin
3 cups vegetable, chicken or pork stock  

Heat your oven to 325 degrees, spread the almonds onto a baking sheet, slide them into the oven and toast them until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

While the almonds are toasting, roast the poblanos over an open flame or close under a preheated broiler, turning regularly until blistered and blackened all over, about 5 minutes for the open flame, 10 minutes for the broiler. Place the chiles in a bowl, cover with cling film and cool. Remove the blackened skin off the chiles and pull out the stems and seeds. 

While you’re waiting for the poblanos to cool, bring a large (4-quart) saucepan of heavily salted water to a boil over medium high. Boil the almonds for about 5 minutes until noticeably softened, then use a slotted spoon to scoop them into a blender jar. Add the potatoes and garlic to the pot and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 6 minutes.

When the potatoes are ready, use a slotted spoon to scoop out the potatoes and garlic into a bowl. Pick out the garlic cloves and add them to the blender, along with half of the potatoes.  Add about two-thirds of the mustard green leaves to the pot and cook for 1 minute, just until they soften and turn even brighter green. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the greens to a blender jar. Add one of the poblanos (torn into smaller pieces), the stock and the toasted almonds.  Process until completely smooth—with a high-powered blender, this should take about 2 minutes; typical blenders will take longer. Pour the blanching water out of the pot, then pour in the soup. Add the olive oil, lime juice and cumin and stir until well combined.

Chop the remaining poblano into ¼-inch pieces and add to the soup along with the other half of the potatoes. (You can reserve a tablespoon or two of poblano for garnish if you want.) Slice the remaining mustard green leaves into ½-inch pieces and  add to the soup. When the soup has simmered for a minute or two—the mustard greens need to soften to a pleasant tenderness—season with salt, usually about 1½ teaspoons. If the soup seems a little thicker than you’d like, thin it with a little extra vegetable stock or water.  Divide the soup among warm bowls and top each with a few pieces of poblano (and chopped toasted almond if you made extra).