Inspired by Caribbean callaloo, this tropical, coconut-milk-spiked soup can be mildly or wildly spicy, according to your taste. If you like it hot, add some or all of the jalapeño seeds or a splash of Tabasco sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Step 2

Stir in the kale, sweet potatoes, broth, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk and just heat through.

Step 3

Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain. Put a mound of rice in the center of each bowl. Ladle the soup around the rice.

Step 4

Wine Recommendation: Foods with a bit of sweetness invite some in the wine as well. Good choices would include an off-dry chenin blanc from California or a similarly off-dry riesling from Washington State.

Step 5

Notes: Crinkly kale leaves are wonderfully sturdy and flavorful, making them especially well-suited to soups. Remove and discard the thick stems and then wash the leaves really well before adding them to a dish. The twists and turns of kale leaves are great places for dirt to hide.

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Ratings & Reviews

tara31's Review

June 12, 2011
What a great way to use fresh kale from the garden! I used no-chicken broth for a vegetarian soup and added more garlic. We mixed cooked brown rice in with everything - fabulous!

soupfoall's Review

April 24, 2010
Wonderful soup. I did not have a jalapeno so added a bit of cayenne pepper. Also added 1 can of black beans as I always think sweet potatoes and black beans go together well especially in soup. Had my husband try a sampling, one without coconut milk, one with. He liked the one with!!! So do I. Also, when I dished mine up I added a little bit of red curry paste. Nice addition. Having for dinner tonight with homemade sourdough breadsticks that a good friend happened to bring by today. Will be making this often. ***** all the way.

Lesley227's Review

November 16, 2009
Delicious! My husband had his doubts once I poured in the coconut milk (I used light, by the way and it was great) but we absolutely love this recipe. It's unusually but delicious, filling, warming, and very healthy.

NadiaAnderson's Review

November 16, 2009
I thought this recipe was tasty and simple! I made a few changes though, like adding cayenne pepper instead of chopping jalapenos, and adding about a tablespoon of cumin powder. Also we squeezed a little fresh lime in our bowls at the end. My husband loved this dish and we will make it again!