Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kale and White Bean Soup

1 cup dried cannellini beans (or 2 cans cooked beans)
1 large onion, diced finely
1 ½ T. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 t. kosher salt
1/8 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
½ t. roughly chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 t. dried)
4 large carrots, chopped
7 cups chopped kale (2-3 bunches)
grated Parmesan cheese

If using dried beans, cook in a large pot of boiling water until tender, about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Drain and set aside. In a large stockpot, sauté the onions in the oil for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the cooked beans, stock, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and rosemary and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the carrots and cook another 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook about 12 minutes or until kale is tender. Add more stock if your soup needs more liquid, and warm through. Check seasoning, adjust as needed, and remove the bay leaf. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Note: We loved this-- the rosemary flavor in it is amazing! I always like having some leftovers to eat for lunch the next couple days, but this soup was almost gone the first night, so next time I will definitely double it!


Janine said...

Hi Meredith,
I would like to contribute here, but don't have your email...

Rose said...

Made this tonight for dinner - delish.

emilyaaa said...

i made this for dinner about a week ago. i admit, i was a bit skeptical. I enjoy kale when it' do you say...hidden? so i wasn't sure about this. but we all LOVED it! the girls got to let their little fishie crackers "swim" in theirs, and they gobbled it all up! i didn't have carrots, so i just added some zucchini (hope that doesn't offend you, mer--i know you're not a zucchini girl (: ), and it was great! I really liked the texture and flavor of the kale! thanks for the recipe!

Erin said...

I was skeptical, too, but seriously, yum. YUUUM. The texture is a little bit...different - with the beans and kale, but the broth is so delicious with the rosemary. Thanks for the recipe. My whole family gobbled it up.