a wintry, broth based soup with yellow potatoes, hints of paprika, spicy chorizo, purple cabbage, rich poached egg and fresh parsley. I like this soup because it has a little bit of everything - spice, veggies, fresh herbs, Spanish chorizo... And what soup isn't better with a poached or coddled egg as the final touch? —Caitlin Raux Gunther
yellow potatoes, peeled
chorizo, about the length of a hot dog
clove garlic, crushed and minced
small head purple cabbage, thinly sliced
medium white onion, thinly sliced
chicken broth (low sodium if using store-bought)
Add a 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to cold dutch oven. Add garlic and turn heat to medium-low. When hot, add chorizo. Cook until golden brown on all sides, leaving for 3-5 minutes on each side before rotating. The garlic will blacken but that's ok! When cooked through, remove chorizo with most of the rendered fat and crispy garlic to a separate bowl.
Pour remaining olive oil into your dutch oven. Once the oil is hot, add potatoes. *Expert tip: instead of chopping the potatoes, insert your pairing knife into the top of the potato and chip away a small piece. Do this to cut the entire potato directly into the dutch oven (careful for oil splash!). Cutting this way will make the potatoes absorb more soup juices and become more tender and flavorful.
Stir around potatoes and throw in onions and cabbage. Cook stirring occasionally until potatoes can be pierced with your knife tip. They should be softening but not yet soft enough to eat.
Add broth and paprika to dutch oven and bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 20 minutes, testing potatoes for doneness.
While soup is simmering, poach as many eggs as you have hungry guests in a separate pot. Remove eggs to a bowl with warm water. Then chop your chorizo.
Your soup is almost ready! Pour in heavy cream and stir thoroughly. Serve in separate bowls with chorizo, a poached egg and flat-leaf parsley. And if you're like me, serve with buttered flatbread sprinkled with coarse salt and ground black pepper.
Caitlin is a Paris-based writer and editor. She wrote about food and wine while living in Madrid after college, and had a brief career as a lawyer before moving back to Spain to work in restaurants and attend culinary courses at the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian. She has worked or staged at Septime in Paris, Mina and Nerua in Bilbao, and Bien Cuit in Brooklyn. In 2018, she and her husband launched a pop-up sandwich shop in Mallorca, Spain. Caitlin now lives in an ovenless apartment in the 9th arrondissement with her husband, Guillaume, and daughter, Mimi.