Chunky Potato & Kale Soup – Dairy Free and Gluten Free with Vegetarian or Vegan Option

I have been planning to try kale for ages but for some reason never got a chance until today. It tasted more or less like I expected, similar to cabbage and broccoli but more leafy… with hard edges and surprisingly sweet taste. I knew my kids would refuse to eat kale raw so I added it to the soup, towards the end of cooking, just to soften the leaves a bit.

This is dairy-free, gluten-free recipe that can be turn into vegetarian or even vegan one by omitting the chicken that is optional anyway and using olive oil instead of the butter.

chunky potato and kale soup that can be vegetarian or vegan gluten free and dairy free


  • 1.5 kg of potatoes (peeled and cut into coarse chunks)
  • 500 g carrots (peeled and cut into coarse chunks)
  • couple of handfuls of chopped curly kale / about 200 g
  • about 4 l of boiling water
  • 2 tbs of butter or olive oil (for dairy free vegan version)
  • 4 – 5 chicken breast / about 500 g (halved or quartered) – optional 
  • Maggi cubes  or some other vegetable cubes – optional
  • large onion (halved or quartered)
  • 2 tbs dried marjoram
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • chilli flakes (to taste) – optional
  • home grown spring onion greens or some chive (chopped)  – optional


6 l pressure cooker or large pot

dairy-free gluten-free vegetarian vegan chunky potato soup recipe for Credit Crunch Munch


  1. If you are using pressure cooker – place potatoes, carrots, boiling water, butter / oil, cubes, onion, marjoram, garlic in a pressure cooker, cover with the lid and heat until it is hot enough to close. Cook for about 7 – 8 minutes (30 – 40 minutes using regular pot).
  2. Remove from fire, open the pressure cooker, season the soup with salt to taste.
  3. Place back on the fire but do not cover, add kale and cook for minute or two longer, only until leaves are witted a bit.
  4. Share to the bowls, optionally sprinkle with some chilli flakes and / or spring onions.

Makes 6 – 8 servings.


Kale should be added towards the end of cooking or during reheating if you are making the soup in advance.

I’m sending this over to Credit Crunch Munch frugal recipes challenge run by Camilla from Fab Food 4 All and Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Jo from Jo’s Kitchen.

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I used frozen chicken breasts in this recipe which were a bit under £2 per 500 g in Asda and already chopped Kale that was on sale.

If you are looking for more potato soup recipe then try: Elizabeth’s Roasted Garlic, Tattie & Leek Soup, Potato & Leek Soup or Potato & Leek Soup with Carrots I made a while ago.

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Your thoughts…

  1. This sounds delicious – really comforting, but still healthy too. I love adding kale to my soups.

  2. Ohhh I have never added Kale in my soup. Such a great veg I need to keep this recipe in mind. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ooh, fab looking soup Margot and wish I had some today as it’s suddently turned really chilly again! Thank you for a super frugal entry to #CreditCrunchMunch:-)

  4. Delicious looking soup. I’m going to try the vegan option.

  5. You know I have only made one batch of soup this year, and we usually live on it. Going to give this one a go. Thank you for entering Credit Crunch Munch.

  6. This was really good. Thanks for sharing this. Top marks.


  7. norma robertson says:

    If not using potatoes what do you use or could use instead.

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