This spring has been as cold and damp as many fall days, so I decided to make soup. After looking to see what I had readily on hand, I found I had just the right ingredients to make my own kale and white bean soup. It was so easy to do. I was surprised I never attempted this before today. I have made all kinds of soups, some with many of the ingredients used here, but I never thought to put them together to make this particular soup. Well, today I decided to try something new, and as it turns out, it was a great idea for a dinner to warm you up on a cold day that took very little effort and time.
In order to make my soup, I gathered together all the ingredients I thought might go well together to create a warm hearty soup that would take the chill off on this damp rainy day. Once that was done, I started putting together my idea for a great hearty and healthy soup, and it turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. Here’s what I put together, and how I did it to cook my soup. Keep in mind I always make enough soup to feed a family. I’m Italian, so there’s no such a thing as too much food on the table.
2 tablespoons snipped and chopped parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
In a covered stockpot, about five quart, sauté the onion, garlic, parsley, thyme, and black pepper for about five to ten minutes. Rinse and clean the kale, pulling the leaves off the center stem and tearing or cutting the leaves in to smaller pieces. Add the chicken broth, kale, beans, and carrots to the stockpot and bring to a low boil, stirring as you add each ingredient. Then lower the heat to simmer, cover the pot, and simmer for twenty to thirty minutes or until the carrots are tender.