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Bon Appétit Spicy Pork + Kale Soup: Gluten, Dairy, Yeast Free

7:04 AM



The water in the air can't seem to stay gaseous—it's so cold outside that the molecules themselves are shivering, huddling in little clusters to stay warm. Like a dust bowl made of finely ground salt, the tiny clusters circle in the air and gather on the ground, responding to any microburst of wind with a little dance. So this is what cold looks like.

Cold-weather idioms are making sense to me now in a way they never have before. Freeze your tail off. So cold you could hang meat. At work yesterday, Tanya spent time organizing the freezer because it was warmer in there than in the back room. I left a bowl of soup in my car for just a few hours and it turned into a chunk of ice. A friend of mine in Minneapolis woke up to a car filled with frozen gas. Greetings from the polar vortex. Are you in it too?

Luckily we prepared for this weather with a big batch of delicious hot soup—warm in temperature and warm with spice. It's guaranteed to improve circulation and decrease chill factor in extreme ice cap-like situations. We try to make at least one recipe from our food magazines every month (and we're going to be posting more of them!) so you can find this particular recipe in the January issue of Bon Appétit. 




Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13–18 minutes
yields 4 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. ground pork
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. finely grated peeled ginger
1 tsp. crushed sichuan peppercorns (or black pepper)
3/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cumin (or cumin seed, coarsely chopped)
1 tbsp. canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (check to make sure that it's yeast-free, if you need it!)
1 bunch (about 4 cups) kale, torn (or mustard greens, beet greens, turnip greens)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. reduced-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
1 tsp. fish sauce
8 oz. wide rice noodles

1. Season + Cook Your Pork
Mix your pork, garlic, ginger, peppercorns, pepper flakes and cumin in a medium bowl. Heat your oil in a large pot over medium heat, then add your pork mixture and season it with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook it until it's browned through, making sure to break it up and stir it as it's cooking.

2. Make Your Soup
Add your broth and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 8–10 minutes. Add in your greens, scallions, soy sauce and fish sauce. Cook it for 5–8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until your greens are tender.

3. Noodle Up
Meanwhile, cook your noodles according to the directions on the package. Drain them and divide them amongst four bowls. Once the soup is done, pour it over top.



Eat, savor and embrace the warmth!


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