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Kal-iflower Stoup

Kal-iflower Stoup


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped (about 5 sprigs)

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 large head cauliflower, quartered, cored and chopped (about 2 1/2 pounds)

  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and chopped

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 pound kale, stems stripped off and discarded and leaves thinly sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste

  • Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, to pass around the table

  • 4 onion rolls, toasted until crusty and cut into 1-inch-wide sticks


Heat the EVOO, three turns of the pan, in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, onion and garlic as you chop them; season with the rosemary, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables soften a bit, 7-8 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for a few minutes. Stir in the peppers and chicken broth, cover and bring to a boil. Add the kale to the pot by the handful, letting each handful wilt before adding the next. Season with the nutmeg and cook for 5 minutes, then adjust the salt and pepper.

Ladle the stoup into bowls and sprinkle with the grated Pecorino Romano at the table. Pass around the crusty onion-roll sticks for dunking.