A comforting soup made with cheap ingredients like fresh kale and bacon
Serves: 3 – 4
Cooking time: 40 – 45 mins
Costs: Cheap as chips


    • 2tbspsunflower oil
    • 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 6-8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
    • 500g (1lb) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 litre (1¾ pints) ham or vegetable stock
    • 200g (7oz) kale, finely shredded
    • Salt and ground black pepper


    1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion, garlic and bacon. Cook over a medium heat for 7-10 mins, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients have started to turn a light golden colour.
    1. Add the potatoes to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 mins, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat and then simmer the broth for about 15-20 mins, until the potatoes are soft.
    1. Remove the pan from the heat and use a potato masher to break up the potatoes, leaving them slightly chunky.
    1. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, then add the shredded kale to the pan and simmer for about 5 mins, until the kale is just tender. Season to taste and serve straight away.

Nutritional tip: Calorie and fat values are for the maximum number of servings statedFeature: Sue McMahon. Photos: Simon Pask. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

Nutritional information per portion

fat 19.0g saturates 5.0g calories 324(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.