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Posted on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Poblano pepper soup with potatoes is warm and comforting in snowy weather

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

After an amazing dinner I enjoyed recently at Taqueria La Fiesta (which I'll be writing about soon; still catching up after having no power after the snow last week), I desperately wanted some more of head cook Estella's warming, comforting poblano pepper soup.

Well, I wasn't in a position to get an influx at 6 a.m. to satisfy my craving! So I had to make my own.

It's very good, though not quite the same. But this version was inspired by Estella and the passion with which she cooks and feeds her loved ones and customers.

Poblano Pepper Soup with Potatoes

1 poblano pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper, to taste
generous sprinkling of red pepper flakes
1 cup small Yukon Gold potat
oes, quartered
1-1/2 cups chopped kale 1/4 cup half-and-half
2 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Carefully place pepper over a gas stove-top burner and char it lightly over medium-low heat watching it constantly. Place into a small paper bag and let it rest for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Cut ends from the pepper, halve lengthwise, remove seeds, and chop into 1/2-inch pieces.

In a medium saucepan, heat broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add kale and chopped pepper; cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in half-and-half and cheese, cooking just until cheese melts. Serve hot.

Makes 2 servings.

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