Kale and White Bean Soup
I couldn't be happier to get back into the swing of green since the sugar-laden holidays with a warm bowl of savory soup! This is my go-to soup this winter - I saw a version of it in Sunset magazine, then had a bowl of something similar at one of my favorite restaurants, the fabulous Full of Life Flatbread, a couple of weekends ago. Seems like wintery greens are on everyone's menu!
Keep in mind that you can mix it up by using different kinds of kale - I don't have a favorite, I'm still trying them all. You can also add some cooked veggies like carrots, squash or potatoes, depending on your taste. I occasionally usually have mine with a thick piece of toast to dunk in the broth. Mmmm...
Despite the fact that kale is packed with enough vitamin C, A, K and B6 to make it a nutritional powerhouse, not to mention cancer-fighting properities, magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus (that's a mouthful!); people still can't get past the bitter taste of raw kale. Not to worry - sauteing for just a few minutes with garlic and onions subdues the flavor, and before you know it, you'll be be a fan of this queen of greens!
- Heat broth in large pot over low heat.
- Heat 1-2 tbs olive oil in saute pan to medium heat, add onion and cook until they start to brown, add oil as needed.
- Add a bit more olive oil and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes over medium heat. Be careful not to burn or brown the garlic.
- Add a bit more olive oil and kale and move around the pan until it starts to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Cover and turn off heat.
- When broth is simmering, add beans and other ingredients. Stir to incorporate ingredients together in broth. Add more broth (or water) if needed to cover all ingredients. Bring to a simmer again, test greens for tenderness before serving.
- Season more to your desired taste.
NOTE: One recipe I came across suggested to remove the ribs and stems of the kale, I usually keep them. Some varieties might be a little tough for some tastes, so use your discretion.