La Casa Sena's potato green chile soup

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 10 to 12
La Casa Sena's potato green chile soup
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Dear SOS: I’m a soup lover, and I would love to have the recipe for creamy potato with chile soup that we enjoyed at La Casa Sena in Santa Fe, N.M. This delicious soup was the soup of the day when we had lunch there on a recent trip.

Diane Briner


Dear Diane: Tender potatoes are puréed with heavy cream to form the base for this rich and satisfying soup, with roasted diced chiles folded in for subtle heat. La Casa Sena was happy to share its recipe for potato green chile soup, which we’ve adapted below.


Peel and halve the potatoes and place in a pot filled with water. Simmer until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.


While the potatoes are cooking, roast the chiles: Place the chiles over high heat on a rack over a stove-top burner. When the skin is charred all over, place the peppers in a paper bag. Set the peppers aside for about 10 minutes to cool, then remove and peel the skin — do not rinse. Discard the stems and seeds, and dice the peppers into one-eighth-inch squares; you should have about 2 cups. Set aside.


In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Stir in the white wine, scraping any flavoring from the bottom of the pan.


Stir in the cream, water and potatoes, and bring to a low simmer, then remove from heat. Purée the soup using an immersion blender or in batches using a stand blender.


Stir in the diced chiles, and season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste. Thin the soup, if desired, with cream or water. Hold in a warm place.


To prepare the garnish, heat a small pot of oil to 350 degrees. Deep-fry the leek, bell pepper and chile until brightly colored and lightly crisp, about 30 seconds. Drain.


Plate the soup, topping each serving with the fried garnish.