2.07.2012

mixed bean & kale soup // recipe





i originally found this recipe on real simple and have made it many of times. i love the soup, but over the time have altered the recipe to make a more delicious version.

it's a hearty, warm soup (with a kick!) that leaves you feeling light and is a good throw all for greens and vegetables that need to be cooked. last night i used a batch with some kale that had about reached it's end, and substituted the white beans i usually used for a dry bean mix.

i also added chili powder which i think turned the soup into something really great.

it's cloudy and rainy here in san diego, a real oddity, and this soup fits my day perfectly.

try it out and let me know how it goes!

mixed bean and kale soup

ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (can substitute for any oil you have)
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • chili powder to taste
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 basil leafs
  • 4 cups of dried mixed beans (or 2 cans of cannelloni or navy beans)
  • 1 cup (or more) of orzo soup pasta 
  • 1 bunch kale, thich stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces (8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan (2 ounces), plus 1 piece of rind (optional)
  • 6-7 large carrots, peeled and chopped
     
  • loaf country bread, warmed


  • directions
    1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
    2. Add the garlic, celery, onion, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
    3. Add the beans, pasta, kale, seasoning, 8 cups water, and Parmesan rind (if using). Cover and bring to a boil.
    4. Reduce heat and simmer - the longer the better! i'd give it atleast an hour and a half for the dry beans to cook.
    5. Remove the Parmesan rind. Sprinkle with the shaved Parmesan before serving. Serve with the bread.



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    and this soup is even better warmed up the following day!

    1 comment:

    id love to hear from you!