Monday, January 24, 2011

kale + white bean soup

what's not to love about soup, it is a weekly occurrence in our home - toss a few ingredients in a pot and simmer away. i had slow cooked great northern beans in the crock pot during the day with a bit of thyme, bay leaf and garlic- the smell was infectious, it hit you hard as you walked through the door. a smell that only meant one thing in that moment; soup was in order.

kale is a great winter green and pairs nicely with white beans, add in some garlic, roasted tomatoes and you are on your way to a mighty fine soup. like most soups this tastes even better the next day.

kale + white bean soup

olive oil
1 small onion or shallot chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
1 small bunch of kale chopped (about 2 cups)
2 cups white beans
2 cups cooking stock from beans
6 cups vegetable broth or 8 cups if using canned beans
2 cups roasted tomatoes with juices
1 bay leaf
tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
juice from 1/2 a lemon 
salt + pepper to taste

1. heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
2. saute onion until golden in color
3. add garlic + kale, season with salt + pepper; saute for 3 min
4. add beans, cooking stock, vegetable broth, roasted tomatoes; bring to a boil
5. toss in bay leaf + balsamic - cover + reduce heat to a simmer
6. simmer for approximately 20 to 30 minutes
7. add lemon juice + season to taste with salt & pepper

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