Kale and White Bean Soup

4 Sep

I’ve been gone a few days. I was in Ellensburg for the Kittitas County Fair, having big fun and spending quality time with people I love.

Healthy eating? I tried.  (Pan-fried noodles? Thank goodness it’s only once a year.)

Let’s get back to the leans and the greens.

How about another kale recipe? That’s a rhetorical question. Of course you want another kale recipe.

I’m very much a hearty-soup-for-dinner kind of girl, and I patiently wait through the hot summer months for soup to become appealing again. It’s getting cooler, earlier, this season. No complaints.

This soup is my go to cold weather meal. I could eat it everyday in the fall and winter. It’s filling and delicious and everything you want from a “meal soup” AND is so incredibly waistline friendly that eating it everyday would be a good thing.

Kale and White Bean Soup

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups raw kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 (15oz) cans cannellini beans – do not drain!
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (15oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2-3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flake to taste

In a large, heavy pot: heat olive oil, add garlic and onion, and saute over medium heat until soft. Add Kale and stir until wilted. Add 3 cups of vegetable stock, 2 cups of beans (with liquid), tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place remaining stock and beans in food processor or blender, blend until smooth (this gives the soup a creamy base – without cream!). Add to pot and simmer 15 more minutes. Top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Want a side dish? Crusty bread and sharp cheese. Oh, my, yes.

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2 Responses to “Kale and White Bean Soup”

  1. mcdonaldphotography September 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    delish!

  2. Kates September 5, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Sounds amazing!

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