Mustard greens are not something you easily find in stores, especially if you shop at small stores like I do, but you most probably find a vendor selling mustard greens at the farmers market. We went to Dallas farmers market on Saturday and found a super nice lady from whom I bought the mustard greens, some small and super delicious carrots and a big bunch of daikon radishes with the greens on.
Mustard Greens Soup: An easy, healthy and warming dinner for days
I’ve been wanting to make a mustard greens soup for a long time, but never found them in the grocery store I go regularly. My inspiration for this one was the Italian white beans and mustard greens soup. I can see why beans would work very well, we even have similar soups in Romania, but since I’m not eating beans at the moment, I decided to replace them with sweet potatoes.
You need good chicken stock for this soup. I had some chicken bones and vegetable scraps to make one at home, so I used that, feel free to use any compliant chicken stock you have. Alternatively you can use vegetable stock but not beef. I assume you already know how to make a chicken stock, so this will not be included in the recipe, but in case you don’t, know that you just need few chicken bones and all the veggie scraps you have around. I used: onion with skin, garlic with skin, celery sticks and celery root, turmeric and ginger (also with skin on), carrots, fresh thyme, whole peppercorns, a daikon radish, some parsley, some mushroom scraps. Add some salt. Boil everything for about 40 minutes. Drain and voila, you have the stock.
To make the soup, I started with an Italian soffritto, sauteeing finely cubed celery sticks, carrots, daikon radish, yellow onion. When fragrant and translucent I added some cubed sweet potato (small size), garlic, chopped Prosciutto di Parma, and continued to cook on medium heat until the prosciutto started to crisp up. Added the mustard greens, cooked for 10 more minutes in the pot / pan. Added the stock, brought to a boil and that’s it. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano and more lemon.
If you need more convincing to make this soup, check out the nutritional profile of mustard greens here. Pretty cool stuff, although I don’t need to read anything to know these bitter leafy greens are good for us.
Italian Style Mustard Greens and Sweet Potato Soup
Easy, light and warming Italian style soup.
- About 2QT chicken or vegetable stock (home made or store bought, plant paradox compliant)
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 big celery rib, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finally chopped
- 1 small to medium sweet potato (you can use any color), cut in small to medium cubes
- 1 big bunch of mustard greens (ribs and leaves), finely chopped
- 1 small daikon radish (optional), finally chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
- few slices of Prosciutto di Parma (I used about 5, but you can add more or less), sliced
- shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano for serving
- lemon juice and lemon wedges
- salt and pepper to taste
- extra virgin olive oil
Wash and prepare all the veggies.
In a large skillet add a generous quantity of extra virgin olive oil and heat on medium. Add the finely chopped onions, carrots, celery, daikon if using and sauté for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables soften and become very fragrant. Add the garlic and the prosciutto and cook for few more minutes. Add the cubed sweet potatoes, stir well and cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring regularly. Add the chopped mustard greens, stir well and cook for few more minutes until all the greens are wilted and the potatoes cooked.
Add everything to the stock pot and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice. Serve with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.