Monday, October 18, 2010

Two-Bean Soup with Kale

This was good, simple, and hearty. It was a solid recipe, especially for fall. I used pre-chopped mirepoix (celery, onions, and carrot) to save time, and I tossed in some vegetarian kielbasa for some extra protein. It was a little too simple and rustic for s, though. I wouldn't make it again.


Two-Bean Soup with Kale
Cooking Light, October 2009

This hearty vegetarian soup warms up chilly nights. Use any type of canned beans you happen to have on hand, and add rotisserie chicken or Italian sausage for a heftier dish, if you prefer.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon salt -- divided
2 garlic cloves -- minced
4 cups organic vegetable broth -- (such as Emeril's) divided
7 cups stemmed -- chopped kale (about 1 bunch)
30 ounces no-salt-added cannellini beans -- rinsed, drained, and divided
15 ounces no-salt-added black beans -- rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and celery, and sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups vegetable broth and kale. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until kale is crisp-tender.

2. Place half of cannellini beans and remaining 1 cup vegetable broth in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Add pureed bean mixture, remaining cannellini beans, black beans, and pepper to soup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and rosemary.

Servings: 6

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