Monday, April 4, 2011

Kale and White Bean Soup

I do believe this may be my new favorite soup!  I found this recipe while thumbing through my Gourmet Cookbook, I have mentioned this cookbook before (it is my favorite cookbook.) This soup is so tasty, especially when you add in the optional kielbasa.  I love the smokey flavor kielbasa adds to a dish.  The other major ingredient in this soup is the Parmesan rind, I always save the rind for soups like this  - what a great addition! The recipe makes a lot so be prepared for some amazing leftovers.   Enjoy!!

What you need:
1 lb dried white beans such as Great Northern, cannellini, or navy
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5 cups chicken broth
2 qt water
1 piece Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 lb kielbasa (optional), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
8 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
1 lb kale stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped

What you do:

Soak beans overnight.  Drain beans in a colander and rinse.
Cook onions in oil in a pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, 1 minute. Add beans, broth, 1 quart water, cheese rind, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and rosemary and simmer, uncovered, until beans are just tender, about 50 minutes.
While soup is simmering, brown sausage (if using) in batches in a heavy skillet over moderate heat, turning, then transfer to paper towels to drain.
Stir carrots into soup and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in kale, sausage, and remaining 4 cups of water and salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Season soup with salt and pepper.

(adapted from Gourmet)

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  1. Given that it is obscenely FRIGID here, I think that this is exactly what I need to warm up with! Love the white beans in it!

  2. I've actually been craving a soup like this (and I don't even generally like soup!), but Daniel is veto-ing the beans :(
    I have a feeling this is deeelicious

  3. That a healthful and hearty bowl of soup. :) I love the flavor combination here.

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  4. Mmmmm, you're killing me! I am so hungry and this soup looks so delish.

  5. This looks great! I'll be making this for dinner today. It is going to be raining like crazy here all day so a perfect soup day :)

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  7. YUM! i'll take two bowls. lol thanks for sharing this at my party!

  8. That soup looks great for a chilly day!

  9. Hi Danielle,
    We just love a great soup and your Bean and Kale soup looks like just the right one for our chilly spring day. Great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  10. Oh I am so glad you decided to join us! And what a great sounding soup.

    I hope you come back each week to share.

  11. loos yummy, thanks for sharing your recipe! anyway, please visit me and get your slice of almond chocolate cake! happy Friday! :)

  12. Oh yum, that looks good. Plus, kale is so healthy and it's not always easy to find recipes that feature it. Thanks for sharing - I'm definitely going to try this.

  13. This looks amazing!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday! If you haven’t already, make sure to pop back over to enter my GIVEAWAY!!! Entries must be by Sunday evening and a winner will be picked Monday!!

  14. Thank you for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash this past week. I so appreciate you taking the time to share your great soup recipe. Today is another blog bash, if you haven't already, please drop by & share more of your inspiring recipes & ideas!

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  15. I adore soup, and this sounds amazing. And I think kale is super good for you so this is a definite winner!


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