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Winterbor Kale and Ambercup Squash Crock Pot Soup

A hearty fall soup that is quick to make and perfect for busy NYC residents.


1 bunch Winterbor Kale – chopped
3-4 cups Ambercup Squash – cubed
1 cup white onion – chopped
1/2 cup celery – chopped
1/2 cup parsnip – peeled and chopped
1/2 cup carrot – peeled and chopped
5 cups chicken broth/stock (you can also use vegetable stock)
1 can white cannellini beans
Salt and pepper

Serving size: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 3-4 hours


Wash winterbor kale and remove bottom part of stem and inner rib.  Chop and set aside.  Remove seeds and outer skin of Ambercup squash.  Cut into 1/2 cubes.  Set aside.

Add carrot, celery, parsnip and onion to crock-pot.  Add chopped kale and then cubed Ambercup squash.  Add chicken (or vegetable) broth.  You can add a little salt and pepper at this point.  Be careful not to oversalt because the stock will have salt in it as well.

Set to low heat and cook for 3-4 hours or until kale is tender.  With about 1/2 hour left of cooking time add drained and rinsed cannellini beans.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste.


Winterbor Kale and Ambercup Squash Soup

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  1. Do you find that this soup is too bitter because of the kale? Or does some of the bitterness go away after you cook it for a few hours?

    • Full disclosure, I am a big fan of dandelion greens, rapini and other leafy plants that have a bite. However, I wouldn’t say the kale in this soup has much if any bitterness. It is a hearty green that holds up to the cooking and pairs nicely with the sweeter squash. Overall, this is a really nice fall and winter soup.

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