Kale and Potato Soup – Recipe No 136


Here is another recipe for the Central England Co-op’s Easy Eating Campaign! It is indeed easy to make and packed with goodness!

Yes it does come out a lovely shade of green… much like a savoury green smoothie! A whole bags worth of Kale went into this soup which made enough for six people served with bread.

I know it tastes good as Mr Tiddles (Richard) gobbled his down when he came over for supper – I was WELL impressed!

So here is the recipe for wartime ‘Kale and Potato Soup’ which comes from The Ministry of Food’s wartime leaflet No 15, ‘Easy to Make Soups and Broths’.


Kale and Potato Soup

  • 2 pints of vegetable stock
  • 1-1/2 lbs of potatoes washed and chopped
  • 1 onion or leek chopped
  • 4 oz kale, shredded
  • Chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons of dried milk (I used a nut milk as I don’t use cows milk)
  • Lots of salt and pepper to taste (just add extra herbs and spices to your own taste if too bland)



  1. Put half the vegetable stock into a large pan, bring to boil and add the chopped onion/leek and potato and cook until vegetables are soft then mash everything up together.
  2. Bring to the boil again and add the washed and shredded kale
  3. Cook for a further 20 minutes
  4. Add the milk and remaining vegetable stock together and add and reheat
  5. Season with salt and pepper (and spices and herbs of your choice)
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley just before serving


Serves 6 with bread

Total cost of soup £2.50 (41.5p per bowl)



15 thoughts on “Kale and Potato Soup – Recipe No 136

  1. Hi Carolyn…thats interesting Im already using liquid nut milks but is there a dried one as well??…dried milk is so handy to have in the cupboard but Im trying to avoid dairy products now so any tips greatfully received!

    • That’s what I thought when I saw the recipe! I LOVE LOVE LOVE colcannon SO much.

      I think I will make this soup for my dinner tonight, can’t wait to try it.

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  3. Hi Carolyn, this looks like a fantastic recipe. I’m a producer on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and I’m making an episode about people who follow 1940s diet. We would love to include you in the programme. Can you please give me a call on 0117 974 2189 or email me emma.weatherill@bbc.co.uk


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  5. Try making the soup without the kale and once mashed, return it to the pot and add the kale finely shredded. Cauliflower will add extra nutrition. And the best tip is to add a teaspoon of mustard to the soup for additional flavour.

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