Kale and White Bean Soup


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClasses are almost done! This means more free time for me and hence, more cooking! I brushed off a recipe that I received as part of Great Road Farm‘s excellent CSA last year. The CSA was quite an excellent culinary experience: we cooked and ate really good beets for the first time, as well as watermelon radishes (pictured at right), edible flowers, miniature eggplants, and all manner of vegetation. Including kale, which we had only limited experience with before. That brings me to the recipe: Kale and White Bean Soup. Hopefully by posting it here, it will outlive its flimsy laminated paper existence.

Kale and White Bean Soup (adapted from Chef Josh Thompson of Agricola)

Feature ingredient:

  • 1 bunch of kale

Wash and separate the stems from the leaves. Make a stock by combining

  • stems from the kale
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2-4 carrots, broken into thirds
  • 2-4 celery stalks, broken into thirds
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ~12 peppercorns
  • other spices optional: mace, parsley stems, bay leaf, thyme, etc
  • enough water to mostly fill your pot (about 3L)

Boil for 1-2 hours and strain out the solids.

To begin the soup, sauté

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt, pepper

Sauté until translucent and soft. Add

  • the stock
  • 1 lb sliced carrots

and bring to a boil. Add

  • 1 can (15.5 oz) cannellini beans
  • 1 lb chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)
  • the kale leaves, chopped roughly

Add hot water to cover if needed. Return to a boil then simmer until the kale is tender. Optionally finish with

  • juice from 1 lemon
  • chopped parsley (1/2 to 1 bunch)
  • salt and pepper to taste

The soup is vegetarian! But not if you use the first delicious optional step below:

  • garnish w/sausage (esp. chorizo), sliced and then pan-fried (1 sausage/2 ppl)
  • serve w/toasted baguette or crusty bread.




One Response to “Kale and White Bean Soup”

  1. 1 Sara

    I approve that it is very tasty. I added more lime juice to mine and that gave such a great spirit to it. Thanks Dave!

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