this week was the first time i started to feel Summer leaving and Fall arriving. i started to wear leggings under my house dress and i don't leave the kitchen windows open the whole day like i used to.what a perfect way to celebrate the coming of cold weather by making a soup.
Bean and Kale soup:
- 1-2 onions, chopped
- 1 head onion, chopped
- 4-8 cloves of garlic, depending on how much you like garlic
- 4-5 cups of veg stock
- 1-2 cans of white beans (you can make your own but do you really want to do that for 1-2 cups of beans?)-just make sure they are done before you add them in
- 1 can 24 oz chopped tomatoes (but if you have whole canned tomatoes or even pureed if you want/have them), just remember that you will be eating them in soup so chop them if they are large pieces
- 1 large head of kale chopped
- salt/pepper, herbs
- crusty bread and parm cheese (optional)
you can make your broth from scratch (or use an animal-based product), but if you don't have the time i must suggest that you invest in a jar of Better Than Bouillon, this is a tiny jar packed with pots of stock and takes about 2 seconds to make and takes up about 2 inches of your fridge.
pour a few tbsp of olive oil into a soup pot, add the onions and garlic (if you want it chunkier, add celery or carrots!). cook for a few minutes or until tender. add broth and canned tomatoes, parsley, beans and s & p. simmer for 10-20 min. taste and adjust seasoning. add kale last few minutes.
garnish with fresh parsley, bread chunks, more raw kale or cheese or just leave it how it is.
this is actually something i make all the time, tonight i wanted something cool with the hot soup and just used what we had from the basket.
- various chopped or torn salad greens including kale, chard in = amounts or less than the salad greens
- various fresh herbs- we used the rest of the parsley, chives, spring onions
- dressing made from: lime juice from last week, balsamic vinegar (or any one that you like), s & p, mustard powder, garlic. shake in a jar and taste until you like it.
(the finished meal, right before Top Chef!)