two bean soup with kale (cooking project – day 30)

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30 days! Woohoo! That’s a whole month’s worth of cooking trials and triumphs.  There were some disasters, but I think mostly mouth watering, delicious recipes.  This next recipe is no exception.

Given my husbands limited diet, I’m constantly on the search for new alternative foods we can enjoy together. I found this recipe for soup with kale and thought I’d give it a try. Of course he didn’t have much faith in it because he’s never had any type of green prepared any way other than stewed into submission.  We soon fixed that!

The recipe is actually really simple:

3 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable broth, divided
1 bunch of stemmed kale, chopped
2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, rinsed, drained and divided
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp. red or white wine vinegar
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan and then add onion, carrot and celery and sauté about 6 minutes until tender.  Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt and garlic. Cook 1 minute and 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 (it will begin to boil down if it doesn’t all fit into the pot at first).
2. Place one can of cannellini beans and remaining 1 cup vegetable broth in a blender or food processor – process until smooth.  Add pureed bean mixture, remaining beans, black beans and pepper to soup.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.  Stir in remainng salt, vinegar and rosemary.

The soup smells pretty good while it’s cooking, but when you add the vinegar and rosemary to the pot at the end – it smells even better. Or “delightfully aromatic” as the hubby called it. The kale was still freshly crisp and blended with the beans and broth nicely. It was great comfort food – and good for you too!

My husband, who was sure he wouldn’t like it, actually said that it might be the best soup he’s ever had. He’s requested it several times since.

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